We are lucky to have generally mild weather in our area. Yes, we get lots of rain but rarely do we get heavy snow storms, ice storms and high winds. However, they do happen on occasion and, because they are so infrequent, most people are caught off guard and are unprepared to deal with the aftermath. We came up with a handy list of tips to help you cope with the chaos of a winter storm.
Tip #1: Don’t let the snow build up in your driveway or parking lot. If we receive any accumulation, it’s best to shovel or plow it aside quickly to prevent heavy build up and ice formation. Call Frontier Landscaping in to help! We offer expert snow plowing services for both residential and commercial properties. We can also apply ice melt, to ensure that your home or business stays safe!
Tip #2: Keep a tap running slightly. Turn on a faucet to a light, steady drip to keep pipes from freezing or bursting if the temperatures really drop. This is an easy method that can prevent a huge, costly mess.
Tip #3: Try not to drive until roads have been cleared. Driving on snowy, icy unpaved roads can lead to all sorts of costly and dangerous accidents. It’s really safer just to stay home, if you can.
Tip #4: Wait until the storm is over then survey and possibly repair any damage to trees and shrubs. It’s dangerous to go out into the middle of the storm, as limbs and branches may still come down. When it has run its course, you can go out and assess the situation. Clean up fallen limbs (if they are small) and debris, while surveying the remaining trees for damage, distress and danger.
Tip #5: Cover and shield sensitive plants. This works especially well if you can get to them before the storm hit. Any containers can be moved into the garage or on the porch. Plants in soil can be covered with sheets, blankets, row cover, mulch, plastic buckets or pots, just about anything. The idea is to insulate them and shield them physically from oncoming hail, wind, falling branches, etc.
Tip #6: Call Frontier Tree Service’s 24 hr hotline if you think your trees are in danger! 360-601-5766
- Any trees or limbs that have come down.
- Any cracked/dangling branches.
- Anything that is leaning or resting on a power line.