Snow Removal

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Denver Landscaping Professional’s Snow Removal Tips

December 21, 2016

As winter arrives, this means you will be spending time getting an alternative method of exercise… shoveling snow! Clearing snow can be such a chore. It is important to handle it in a safe manner to prevent injury or a dangerous situation. Many cities around the country require you to shovel your sidewalk/walkway within 24hrs of a snowfall. If you don’t comply, you could be facing a fine. Learn crucial tips and practices to handle snowfall and ice properly from top Denver landscaping professionals.

Commercial Snow Removal

As many business owners know, snow and adverse weather conditions can impact your business in a big way. Winter storms cost the US economy billions of dollars annually, therefore Snow removal is extremely important, especially for commercial property owners. Your customers need safe access to your parking lot, sidewalks and walkways to access your business. If you don’t remove the snow and ice around your building, you could have a slippery situation - and potentially a law suit. Snow and ice are dangerous for both employees and customers. They could hurt themselves, so it’s important to plan ahead before a snowstorm and have your business plowed and shoveled by snow removal experts.

Residential Snow Removal

In a snowfall event, it is best to clear sidewalks and driveways during the snowfall and when the snow concludes. If you are expecting more than 12 inches of snow, it may take 2-3 periods to shovel. Snow can be extremely heavy, so it’s best to break it up into shifts. Per laws in Denver County, homeowners have up to 24 hours to handle the situation. As you shovel snow, it is crucial to handle it safely to prevent injury. It is a workout after all! As the snow seasons begins, make sure you have the proper shovels and outdoor clothing to wear.  Shoveling snow is like lifting boxes—remember to lift the snow with your legs and not your back. This will prevent a back injury. If you don’t want to remove the snow yourself, contacting your local snow removal expert will do the trick.

Dealing with Ice

Ice can be very dangerous, especially ice you cannot see which is called black ice. As winter arrives, be sure you have salt and ice melt readily available to throw on your stairs, driveway and walkways.  This will allow you to use it immediately after a snowstorm. This will keep you and everyone on your sidewalks safe. Contact a snow removal specialist if you can’t get rid of the ice yourself. They have the proper techniques and tools to accomplish the job.

When it comes to your landscaping and snow removal needs this winter, My Landscaper is your go-to snow removal specialist in the Denver metro area. They have excellent customer service to handle all your snow removal needs. No matter what you need this winter, they can make it easier and safer for you and your family. To get started, contact us at 720-882-5772 today and  request a free quote.  

Snow Mold and Mites – The Dangers of Denver Landscape Maintenance

January 28, 2016

Snow mold isn’t normally a frequent problem for most of the landscape maintenance around the Denver Metro area. This is because the vast majority of our snow melts off and allows the ground to dry out before another round of snow hits. However, with the extended cold temperatures and the snows we’ve had over the last few weeks, this disease may appear in the heavily shaded areas of your lawn where the snow has not melted off.

At the same time that heavily shaded areas are at risk for snow mold, the exposed areas (especially south and west facing) are at risk for heavy mite activity. Part of the reason for this is due to the fact the moisture content from our snowfalls has been low. This means the snow melts rapidly when the sun hits it, but it doesn’t provide enough moisture to the lawn to make up for what the mites are stealing. These warm areas of the lawn are a perfect breeding ground for mites, which are getting the best of both worlds. They have a clear place to feed in an area that is also warm. This is why MyLandscaper technicians spray exposed areas of lawns for mites, even when snow is covering another part of the lawn.

With the highly unusual weather we’ve had so far this winter (especially with El Nino in full swing), watering part of the lawn a couple of times a month on warm days (even though parts of your lawn are still snow covered) is still a very good idea. Remember, sun exposed areas of your lawn are drying out and may have any moisture reserves drained by feeding mites.

Solutions are varied, but because snow mold activity is greatest beneath covers that maintain moist conditions, all leaves or other materials should be removed from the lawn when the lawn is free of snow.  There are a few things you can do to help your lawn:
  • Fluffing up matted-down grass with a quick, light raking is also beneficial for your lawn and what might be lying beneath.
  • It is best to avoid piling up snow deeply along sidewalks and driveways, especially in constantly shady areas where it will form a long-lasting snow bank until the warmer months finally arrive.
  • In the spring, rake away dead and matted foliage from damaged areas and use the rake to fluff up the grass. This allows for better airflow and helps the damaged grass recover while also allowing new growth to begin.
  • It is also a good idea to follow this up with good fertilization and aeration of the turf for a better and healthier lawn recovery.
  • For the mites, a combination of winter watering and timed mite sprays to exposed and hotter parts of the lawn, especially for west and south facing areas, is the key to damage prevention.
This is why we suggest you let MyLandscaper and our experienced Landscape Maintenance team be part of your winter mite and spring recovery solution with winter mite sprays, and lawn care programs during the growing season.  With a little TLC this winter you can be confident that your yard will be in tip-top shape come spring. For help maintaining your yard all year long, contact My Landscaper and let us take that chore off your to-do list.

Tips for Denver Snow Removal

November 20, 2015

Just this week, snow in Denver began to fall and the coming winter season looks like it is going to be a white, frozen wonderland. We were lucky here in the Denver area that we only got a few inches of snow and that most areas fell considerably short of the predicted blizzard. What is an important indicator is that the first major snowfall of the season occurred in the middle of November, rather than in late December. Weather outlets around the world, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are predicting higher than average snowfalls for Colorado. As the flakes fall and accumulate, My Landscaper has some tips for Denver snow removal.
  • Safety Above All – Whether it’s a residential or commercial property, everyone should be aware of the dangers they could face. The #1 cause of injury as it relates to snow removal is gravity. Removing snow from rooftops is how falls tend to happen. Ledges and skylights can be significantly more dangerous than they appear to be. If you’re intimately familiar with your roof, you can reduce accidents. Familiarizing yourself with details such as the maximum load allowance your roof can support, you can take into account the amount of snow and ice before going up there yourself or sending an employee.
  • Clear Snow Often, Not Just Once – It may seem like you’re doing more work, but if you remove a couple of inches at a time, once every few hours, you’ll actually be doing yourself a huge favor. In terms of energy spent, you’re better off clearing away the snow a little at a time before it accumulates. Trying to clear off 12-18 inches at once can prove more taxing than you can imagine. To make matters worse, as new snow falls, the snow beneath may freeze and create a layer of ice. Ice is far more difficult to remove than snow, and much more hazardous to your family or customers.
  • Correct Lifting – Snow removal isn’t much different from lifting heavy boxes or equipment. If you don’t show proper technique in lifting everyday items, you’ll injure yourself. This is no different when it comes to moving large amounts of snow. Before undertaking snow removal, stretch and warm your muscles up first. When temperatures are low enough for snow to accumulate, it’s more important than ever to keep your muscles warm. Cold temperatures can cause cramping and premature exhaustion. The same lifting methods you use for everyday heavy items goes for snow removal as well. Lift with your legs, not your back and, if you can, purchase an ergonomic snow shovel to encourage proper lifting.
My Landscaper is glad to give you this tips for your Denver snow removal. However, we highly recommend you leave the heavy stuff to us. We can take care of all your snow removal needs, both for commercial properties and residential homes. There is no job too big or too small for us to handle. Contact My Landscaper today for a quote on snow removal for your walkways, driveways, parking lots, and roofs.    

What El Niño Means for Denver Snow Removal

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The third strongest El Niño event since 1900 is gearing up to bring possible record snow falls for Denver as early as late October, making Denver snow removal an early priority for your home or business. There is now a 95% chance the current El Niño will continue through the spring of 2016. Historically speaking, this causes the most problems for major highways, busy neighborhood roads, and parking lots of businesses. If this El Niño is anything like the two previous events meteorologists are referencing as a comparison, Colorado could be in for one wild winter.
What is an El Niño? It’s a periodic warming of surface waters in the Pacific Ocean of the northern coast of South America. Even though the warming occurs in one specific part of the world, El Niño’s have a massive effect on weather patterns all over the globe – particularly in the western United States and Colorado. The warmer waters bring the storm systems in North America further south than in normal, non-El Niño years. In Colorado, since 1950, eleven of the last thirteen El Niño years have brought higher than average snowfalls.
Even though there is no way to emphatically predict what any winter is going to be like, or exactly when the first significant snowfall will happen, most El Niño years tend to follow a very similar pattern. It is important to know your history and be as prepared as you can for the snow storms that are coming our way. Here are just a few examples of how El Niño weather events have affected our Colorado winters:
  • 1997-98 – This year tends to be the yardstick by which all other El Niño’s are measured. In 1997, an El Niño inspired storm brought the seventh heaviest snowfall on record – almost 22 inches worth – in late October. An additional 50 inches fell throughout the Denver metro for the remainder of that winter; almost two feet more than an average winter for the area. During an El Niño year, it is common for Colorado to see snow in late October.
  • 1982-83 – On Christmas Eve in 1982, an El Niño snowstorm brought 24 inches of snow to the Denver area in 24 hours. That cycle, heading well into spring of 1983 continued to bring heavy snowstorms.
  • 2007-08 – This was a slightly unusual year for El Niño because it affected the mountains more than the Denver metro area. While Denver received slightly less than normal accumulations that year, the mountains saw a walloping 180 inches.
If there is anything us Coloradans know about Denver weather it’s that it never stays the same for too long! The old saying “don’t like the weather in Denver? Wait 10 minutes!” holds true even throughout the winter months. Colorado winters can be mild and sunny, or packed with snow storms. With the upcoming El Niño events, it is more important than ever to make sure you have a snow removal plan for your home or place of business. My Landscaper is here to help all winter long, give us a call today and give yourself peace of mind for when that first snow storm hits. Instead of stressing out about your home’s snow removal, you can rest easy knowing that My Landscaper is here for you.