Winter is around the bend, and before it arrives, you will want to have the right supplies on hand to combat the adverse weather conditions it often brings. The appropriate equipment and materials are crucial to everyone’s safety in the winter season. To eliminate putting your or your guests’ safety at risk around your property, be sure to have a sufficient supply of ice melt on hand. Owning it is only part of the solution; it is just as important to know how to properly use the supplies. Check out our tips down below regarding how to use ice melt effectively and safely.
Be Proactive When Applying Ice Melt
Timing is key when buying and applying ice melt. Don’t wait for the snow and ice to appear before buying and applying ice melt. You should buy it before the drastic weather forecasts appear to ensure you have it on hand in a pinch. When it comes to applying it, pretreating surfaces is essential. This enables you to use less product long-term. Here’s why…the ice melt stops the bondage of ice with surfaces; therefore, it is more effective when pre-treated prior to icing. It doesn’t stop there. You’ll also want to apply ice melt prior to, during, and after winter storms. This will ensure the best results during the deicing process.
Use the Right Kind
Avoid trying to save a few bucks by buying cheaper varieties. Most times, it won’t be as efficient, and you’ll be left with wasted product and unmelted ice. If you’re questioning your purchase, you’ll have a better review of the product if it doesn’t work even if you use it in abundance. You shouldn’t have to use more than 4 ounces of ice melt product for every square yard you cover. If you are using more than the suggested amount, you may want to obtain another brand.
Different products are also suited for distinct environments and regions. That’s why it’s important to know what weather conditions are common in your area. This will make it more easy to understand which product will be most appropriate for your needs. Without the right product, vegetation and concrete can be compromised, resulting in property damage. If you are unsure about your purchase, it can help to consult a professional local landscaping company, so that they will also be familiar with your climate.
Use Ice Melt Products Effectively and Safely
When using ice melt, be careful. Proper protection for your skin and eyes is necessary because you’ll be working with dangerous chemicals. Also, only use whatever amount is recommended. If you use an excessive amount, you could harm vegetation and property.
One of the best precautions you could take when applying ice melt, is to make use of spreaders with guards. This way, ice melters will not be applied accidentally to areas that would be damaged.
Properly Store It
Keep open bags of ice melt stored in airtight containers and away from moisture, air, and sunlight. Be sure to seal all bags and containers. Exposed ice melt will absorb moisture causing the products to degrade, harden, and clump.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for fall and winter, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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