Your Trusted Tree Service Explains How to Clean up After a Blizzard


January 4, 2021

Winters along the Front Range are rarely predictable. Some years, they call for multiple blizzards and the area sees virtually no snow. Others, they call for a dry winter and homeowners start to forget what their landscaping looks like when it’s not buried under feet of the white stuff. When you can’t accurately predict when blizzards will come around, you need to be ready to deal with the aftermath at all times. Working with a snow removal service is just the tip of the iceberg. Here are a few key tips to help you better manage those post-winter-storm cleanup sessions.

Keep Ice Melt on Hand
Nothing is worse than an ice-covered walkway or driveway that makes leaving your house treacherous. Instead of waiting for the ice to melt on its own, be proactive. Keep ice melt on hand and apply it generously after shoveling the snow off of your walkways. If you can, invest in an environmentally friendly and pet-safe ice melt. These substances won’t damage your landscaping and will keep your pets from experiencing painful chemical burns on their paws after going outside. The sooner you can clear the walkway and spread the ice melt, the sooner you’ll be able to walk outside with confidence.

Get Your Trees Inspected After a Storm
Blizzards often come with high winds and those high winds combined with the weight of the snow can easily cause branches to snap and break. Even small cracks in the bark can lead to serious issues for the tree once the growing season is in full swing. The best thing you can do is to get your trees inspected after the storm passes. The sooner your tree care service can inspect your trees for damage, the easier it will be for them to trim away the dead growth. This will make it easier for your trees to bounce back in spring.

Get Help if There’s Too Much Debris
Storm cleanup takes time and the more debris you have on your property, the longer it will take you to get your landscaping back to normal. If you’re worried about your ability to manage the debris on your own, don’t panic. Reach out to a dedicated debris removal service and get them to help. They’ll be able to clean up your yard without damaging the rest of your landscaping and they’ll do it far faster than you could on your own. This means you’ll get your yard back with less stress after every severe weather event.

Schedule Preventative Tree Trimming
After the next heavy snowfall, pay attention to the way your trees’ limbs look under the weight of the snow. If it seems like they’re sagging, plan ahead for the next storm. Schedule a preventative tree trimming appointment with your trusted tree care service. They’ll be able to trim the excess length off of the struggling limbs. This will allow them to flex under the weight of the snow without breaking during the next blizzard. 

Make a Snow Removal Plan
Small amounts of snow are easy enough to remove on your own. All you need is a sturdy snow shovel and some extra time in the mornings. But when the snow starts to pile up, clearing the walkways and parking areas on your property isn’t something you can handle on your own. Instead of waiting and seeing what happens with the storm, be proactive. Reach out to a professional snow removal service and let them clear the snow for you. This way, you’ll know that your walkways will be as clear as possible without having to worry about hurting yourself as you shovel.

Inspect Your Pipes
Blizzards often come with bitterly cold temperatures. Those temperatures don’t just make your house uncomfortable—they also put your plumbing at risk. After a blizzard, inspect the pipes that are visible in your house. Look for cracks in the material and watch for visible frost on the surface. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, call your plumber as soon as you can. They’ll need to inspect your plumbing to see if there are any damaged or ruptured pipes that might threaten your home and your landscaping. 

Check Your Sprinkler System for Damage
If you have a sprinkler system in your lawn, take the time to inspect it as soon as you can. Look at the heads and make sure they’re fully retracted into the ground. Make sure the main water line to the system is still intact and let your plumber know if you see any cracks or damage around the lines. Letting water seep into the soil will put your trees at risk for moldy roots and overwatering issues. The sooner you can get the damage taken care of, the better off your trees and the rest of your landscaping will be. 

Plan on Washing Your Car in a Few Days
If you’re driving on roads that have been salted and sanded to get rid of ice, that road grime can be a big problem for your property. As it falls off of your car and onto your driveway, it will eventually get deposited in your landscaping. This changes the pH of the soil and makes it harder for your trees and plants to recover and grow in the warmer months. A few days after the blizzard and after the roads have largely cleared up, take the time to wash your car thoroughly. Get rid of the road grime buildup on the undercarriage and sides of your car. Wash inside the wheel wells if you can to further reduce the risk of exposure to your landscaping.

Keep These Tips in Mind This Winter
This winter, make sure you’re ready for those unexpected blizzards before they happen. Keep these tips in mind and make sure you have the tools you need to keep your yard and your home safe during severe weather. If you need a helping hand, don’t wait. Contact our team to discuss your debris and snow removal options as soon as you can. 
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