In the Denver metro area, winters can be almost completely dry or full of heavy snowfall for months on end. It’s often hard to predict which way winter will go at the start of the season, so you need to prepare for the worst-case scenario if you want to protect your business. If you’re new to the area or have only had to worry about dealing with the snow at home, you may not know where to start. Your local tree company
is here to help. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be able to deal with even the heaviest snow accumulations at your business.
Stock up on Ice Melt
Even light snowfall can create a ton of ice on your business’s walkways and parking lot. That ice may not seem like a big deal, but it can be a huge problem for your business. Remember, you’re responsible for everything that happens on your property. If a customer slips on the ice while walking into your building, you may be liable for the cost of any medical treatments they receive as well as their recovery.
The best thing you can do is stock up on ice melt before winter is in full swing. Look for environmentally friendly ice melt options whenever possible. Standard salt is effective and cheap, but it can wreak havoc on your landscaping and change the pH of the soil around your trees and shrubs. This can hurt their ability to grow and thrive come spring. By choosing a plant-safe ice melt, you’ll keep your landscaping in better condition so it can bounce back as soon as the weather warms up.
Be Ready to Knock Snow Off Trees
Your trees are one of the most vulnerable parts of your property’s landscaping. In severe weather, they bear the brunt of the damage and snowfall is no different. While light snow is fine, heavy or wet snow can be a serious risk for your trees’ health. The weight of the snow pushes down on the limbs and, if it gets heavy enough, can cause the limbs to crack or break entirely. Once this happens, you not only risk damage to your property but you also have to deal with an increased chance of tree disease, insect infestations and fungal growth on the trees themselves.
The best thing you can do is be ready to knock the snow off of the limbs that you can reach from the ground. Use a long-handled straw broom or other tool to safely remove snow from drooping branches. Just make sure to use caution and be mindful of the smaller, more fragile limbs as you go. The less damage you cause the tree, the better off it will be for the rest of the winter.
Have a Plan to Clear the Parking Lot
There’s no point in opening the doors for customers or staff if no one can access your parking lot. Unfortunately, snow can pile up in a matter of hours and that means you need to have a clear plan in place to get rid of all that snow before you open for the day. You have a few choices here. You can either clear the snow by hand with snow shovels, use snow throwers to move things more quickly, or hire an experienced snow removal company to take care of the task for you.
Every option works and is a great way to get rid of large snowbanks and drifts. However, you need to think about how much time you’re willing to put into the snow removal. If your parking lot is small, you may be able to clear it and the surrounding walkways by hand in a matter of hours. But if your parking lot is bigger, you’ll want to hire a professional crew. Otherwise, you’ll end up shoveling snow all day long and miss out on being able to run your business.
Know How to Update Customers on Opening Hours
Some snowstorms will be so big that you’ll need to delay opening or close your business early to help your employees get home safely. This means you need to be able to communicate those hour changes with your employees and your customers so everyone is on the same page. You’ll need to cover all of your bases.
Call your employees and make sure everyone knows what to expect. Post the new hours on the door. If you’re tech-savvy, add a banner to your website advertising the temporary change. Make announcements on every one of your social media platforms. This way, your customers will be able to know what to expect before they try to visit your business.
Give Employees Access to the Right Safety Equipment
It should come as no surprise that slippery walkways, icy parking lots, and wet floors increase your team’s risk for injury while they’re working. Though your workers’ compensation insurance will help cover the cost of their medical treatments if they do get injured, it’s always best if you can prevent the injuries in the first place. The best way to do that is to give your employees access to basic safety equipment. If they’re working on icy walkways, provide them with ice grips they can slide over their shoes. Give them gloves when they’re working outside and provide them with safety vests if they have to go outside in low-light situations.
Follow These Tips This Winter
Whether this winter is full of snowstorms or just a few blizzards, the best thing you can do is be prepared. Keep these tips in mind as you create your winter plans at your company. Once you do, you’ll be able to protect your building, your employees, your landscaping, and your customers with ease. If the idea of clearing snow away by hand isn’t something you’re comfortable with, don’t panic. Contact our team
to get an estimate for professional snow removal
this winter. We’ll clear your parking lots and walkways so you can stay toasty warm indoors at all times.