East Coast winters can be brutal. If your home or business has a driveway or parking lot, the first thing you think about when the snow starts to fall is, wow it’s beautiful, but where’s the shovel! Unfortunately, some snow plow drivers and those shoveling can and will damage the asphalt. By not correctly using the snow plow, inexperienced drivers in particular, will scrape the top surface of the asphalt off during the plowing and shoveling process. In addition, shovels can even be too sharp and will cause damage.
Plowing and shoveling can also damage the curbs of driveways, shrubbery and other landscaping.
- Prior to snow fall, have your landscaper create space for the snow and other drain-off by edging (remove the sod within 2-3 inches of the blacktop) the sides of the driveway.
- Place visible markers along the curbs, pathways, and landscaped areas.
- Remove snow and ice from your driveway as soon as possible, as the freezing and thawing process can cause crack.
- Hire an experienced snow removal service.
- Be sure the plow blade is lifted high enough so that it doesn’t scrape and damage the cement or asphalt.
- Get expert help when selecting the right type of shovel for removing snow.
Plowing and shoveling is a necessary evil during the winter months, but don’t undo the care and maintenance you undertook previously.
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