Category Archives: Winter

Happy Holidays from Lane’s Landscaping Supplies

Christmas is just around the corner and the entire staff here at Lane’s Landscaping Supplies wishes you the best of the season. As 2017 is coming to an end (can you believe it?), it seems like a good time to recap the best of the past year and provide some helpful winter landscaping tips too.   The smart way to set a landscaping budget Without a doubt, the most popular blog we posted in 2017 was about the smart way to set a landscaping budget. In case you missed it the first time, here are some highlights: A good budget … Continue reading Happy Holidays from Lane’s Landscaping Supplies

Ice Melt or Rock Salt? What’s the Difference?

Ice melt or rock salt? Many homeowners use these terms interchangeably when describing bulk salt or driveway/sidewalk salt. After all, ice melt or rock salt both accomplishes the same thing: Melting away tough ice and thick snow from your interlocking pavers. So it doesn’t matter what you choose, right? Actually, it does. It all depends on what you need it for and where you plan on using it. All about ice melt The name of this product is pretty self-explanatory: Ice melt melts ice. That’s because ice melt is usually comprised of one of the following: Calcium chloride (widely accepted … Continue reading Ice Melt or Rock Salt? What’s the Difference?

10 Ways to Get Your Yard Ready For Winter

In case you’re wondering, the first day of winter is Wednesday, December 21. Of course, there’s a good chance winter will arrive in full force before its “official” start date. In any event, if your homeowner backyard isn’t prepared for it now, it’ll pay for it once spring arrives. But if you follow these 10 preventative tips from Lane’s Landscaping Supplies, your yard will come back strong once winter finally ends (which happens to be Monday, March 20, 2017). 1. Remove any dead annual plants you have They aren’t coming back to life and you’ll be replacing them in spring … Continue reading 10 Ways to Get Your Yard Ready For Winter

What The Mild Winter Meant For Your Landscaping

At Lane’s Landscaping Supplies, winter 2015/2016 will go down as one of the warmest, mildest, snow-free winters in recent memory. (Of course, we could get one big blast of snow. You just never know) We know what a cold and snowy winter means for your landscaping: The grass on your lawn is dormant Interlocking patio stones may crack during freeze-thaw cycles Bulk salt can erode your interlocking pavers Topsoil can freeze But here’s what happened with your landscaping during this relatively warm and dry winter. Your lawn Normally, your lawn should be dormant (alive, but not growing) in the winter. … Continue reading What The Mild Winter Meant For Your Landscaping

How Road Salt Impacts Your Landscape (And What To Do About It)

At Lane’s Landscaping Supplies, we hear about it every winter: People always want to know how to keep their walkways and driveways free of snow and ice without harming their landscaping from bulk salt. This is a particular issue for people who have grass, shrubs or pushes right up against their interlocking pavers. However even the stones themselves are not immune to the effects of road salt. Fortunately, there are ways to safely and properly use road salt without impacting your landscaping. Know how road salt works and what it does Sodium chloride (commonly known as rock salt) is the … Continue reading How Road Salt Impacts Your Landscape (And What To Do About It)

It May Be Mild Out, But You Should Order Your Bulk Salt Now

Nobody thinks about ordering bulk salt when it’s mild and warm out – like it is right now. Of course, that all changes once a big blizzard hits. Or when it gets cold overnight and your driveway or business parking lot freezes over with slippery ice. We’ve heard the horror stories from contractors (and some homeowners too) all over Mississauga, Brampton, Milton, Burlington and the GTA. It’s 2am in the middle of a snowstorm or ice storm. And they have no access to bulk salt because: They didn’t place their bulk salt order early enough in the season Their supplier isn’t open … Continue reading It May Be Mild Out, But You Should Order Your Bulk Salt Now

Keep Icy Walkways Clear Without Damaging the Environment

Deicers are a necessity of life during the Ontario winter. While a cold, sunny day after a snowfall may be enough to keep a walk that has been carefully shovelled ice free, most of the time you will need some type of salt or deicer to keep ice from reappearing on the walks and driveways of your clients. Unfortunately, lots of deicers have some kind of negative environmental consequences. Here is what you need to know to make the best decision for the needs of your clients.   The Impact of Salt on the Landscape   Rock salt, which is … Continue reading Keep Icy Walkways Clear Without Damaging the Environment

What Should I Do to My Water Feature Before the Deep Freeze?

If you have any kind of water feature as part of your home landscape, it’s important to make sure it’s ready for winter weather. Water features and backyard ponds are beautiful and look natural, but without a few basic maintenance tasks, they may not survive until spring. If you have a small, plug-in fountain, the easiest thing to do is disconnect it and drain it before freezing temperatures settle in. For any kind of large water feature, including garden fish ponds, a little more care and effort is needed to keep the fish healthy and the overall system functional. Water … Continue reading What Should I Do to My Water Feature Before the Deep Freeze?

How to Keep Your Property Clear of Snow and Ice

Keeping your property clear of snow and ice can be a challenge when the long Ontario winters dump fresh snow every few days or, sometimes, for several days in row. Choosing a good deicer will help, but many times you also have to get out the snow shovel or snow blower and get to work. Here are a few tips for safely keeping your walks and driveway free of ice and snow. Remove Snow Early and Often The less snow you have to remove, the easier your work will be. Take a first pass on your sidewalk and drive when … Continue reading How to Keep Your Property Clear of Snow and Ice

The Types of Deicers and Their Benefits

Road salt is a necessary part of winter life in Ontario. It’s not just a matter of convenience, but one of safety. While there are no guarantees, correctly applying the right salt at the right time will lessen the chance of slipping, sliding or falling on the way to your car or mailbox. Choosing the right road salt to use can seem as tricky as navigating an icy walkway. How do you know which road salt is best? Here is a quick overview of the basic types of deicers and the advantages of each. Treated Salt Treated salt as a … Continue reading The Types of Deicers and Their Benefits