As we here more and more about this polar vortex and that polar vortex, we begin to panic and make our winterizing decisions based on this panic mode. We need to just sit back for a moment and think about just what will it take to make it through this cold season. If we operate off of our experience, we may be able to save ourselves from many headaches.
Needed for the winter may include needing a new snow shovel, salt spreader, salt, calcium chloride... Well, first lets look at what we have left from last year. Do we really need to get a new one or is it still in good shape? Same with the spreader and so on. How about a snow blower? Do you really need one or will you be hiring someone to do the deed?
Let's talk about salt, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride and the rest of the chemicals "they" say we need to take care of the ice and snow. A mix of these takes care of all levels of ice and snow problems however sodium (salt) will, not can, will damage or even kill parts of your lawn. Calcium chloride on the other hand will not harm the lawn at all. Calcium chloride is also great for the roof as it will not damage the roofing materials to where sale will cause corrosion of any medal like nails, medal roofing... Do not look at the brand, look at the chemical contest of your products and you will keep from over spending on the ice melt product you need. Calcium chloride, salt, magnesium chloride is the same under all labels or brands so go with the less expensive.
When push comes to shove, we need to turn off the commercials and figure out for ourselves just what we need, make a plan, pick up the things that we feel we need before we really need them and enjoy not overspending this season.
Happy snow removal!