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Snowplowing Service Tips


L.A. Bartlett Landscape offers snowplowing services in Hudson, NH. Here are some tips that will help you get the most out of your plowing service.


Winter in New Hampshire can be a challenge. It seems like we either love snow or hate it. We love it when it falls on Saturday night but we hate it when it falls on Monday morning (as it usually does!) Making the best of a bad situation requires a cooperative effort between customer and plow driver.


Storm preparation


·       Place driveway markers 1 foot in from the edge of one side of your driveway.Mark any obstacles that may be in harms way such as well covers, propane tank covers, low retaining walls, etc.


·        Stock up on ice melt. An average winter in New Hampshire usually sees about 15 storms. It's a good idea to have enough ice melt on hand in case there is an extended period of deep cold. There can be a shortage of supply when the demand is high. 10 bags or so should get you through.


·        If you have a steep slope to your driveway, keep a bucket of salt sand (it's usually free if you get it at your town yard.)


During a storm


·        If you have cars parked in your driveway, find out ahead of time where your plow driver would like them located during a storm.


·        Shoveling in front of your garage doors is a nice gesture that allows your snowplow driver to do a clean back scrape


After a storm


·        Remove any light snow that may have accumulated after your driveway was plowed. Snowplowing removes the heavy stuff but it doesn't guarantee a clean driveway. The key to an ice-free driveway is to remove all the snow. Removing even 1 inch of snow can speed up the drying time for your driveway.


·        Apply ice melt after the driveway has been plowed. Keep an eye on the forecast. If the week ahead calls for frigid weather, be generous with your ice melt. Use one 40 pound bag on a 40 x 18 driveway if there is ice build up. The next time your snow plow driver comes through, the ice layer should pop up.


·        Spread salt sand when temperatures stay below 20°. This will ensure good traction until the ice has a chance to melt.

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