November 2, 2015
Tis’ the season for snow and with snow comes salt. Thousands of tons of de-icing salt are applied to state and municipal roads in Michigan each winter. Some years, as much as 300,000 tons have been applied. De-icing products are helpful in providing dry, safe pavement within facility parking lots and sidewalks to improve safety and to provide additional help with the task of clearing snow and ice. De-icers, however, should be used with caution since they can potentially damage surrounding vegetation.
At Continuum Services we strive to protect the client’s turf, trees and shrubs by offering:
Burlap Protection- Salt as well as winter weather injury can often be prevented by constructing a barrier of burlap or similar material on the south, southwest and windward sides of plants such as Evergreens. It is suggested to leave the top open to allow for some air and light penetration.
Staking- Continuum offers “staking of properties” which entails placing large 3 foot stakes around entrance ways, walk ways and sidewalks. This helps notify the snow plow operator to not go any further with the machine preventing the turf from getting torn up from the machine and less chemical interaction on the turf.
Variety of Ice Melters- During the winter months Continuum will use a “less-damaging” melter product around turf and plants.
It is also recommended to use the least amount of salt necessary to melt the ice during any given event. This process not only helps the environment, but also mitigates plant damage.
If you have not already secured a reliable snow removal service provider contact Continuum Services at 248.286.5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.