Winter weather is upon us. Snow, ice, and sleet can add difficulty to any outdoor activity. While some homeowners eagerly perform their own snow removal, others prefer to invest in these services through a professional company.

Though there are benefits and consequences to both DIY ice removal services versus professional removal services, the advantages of hiring a pro to do the work are substantial. Do yourself a favor and find a reputable salting services company before the first snowfall.

What are the Benefits of Custom Snow Removal and Salting Services?

The benefits of investing in professional snow and ice removal are extensive. They include the following:

  • Convenience: Work, family, meetings, appointments, the list goes on and on. The number of priorities that individuals must meet daily is exhausting. Add preparation for winter weather and clean up after a fresh winter mix to this list, and you’re “covered up.” Hiring a professional to do this work for you will free up more time for other commitments.
  • Safety: Cleaning up after a winter storm is manual labor this is performed in freezing cold weather on a slippery surface. It is inevitable that the risk of injury increases substantially when inexperienced individuals attempt de-icing and removal services on their own. By leaving this task to a professional removal company that has access to adequate equipment, you can vastly reduce your risk of injury.
  • Efficiency: De-icing your home with consumer-grade products doesn’t always work. Snow blowing with an old machine won’t cut it. Cut out the snow shovel and call in commercial snow removal professionals to clear your parking lot fast. Residential snow removal services can have your walkways cleaned in record time while preserving your home’s hardscapes.
  • Protection: DIY or novice residential snow removal services can lead to damage to your walkways, dwelling, and hardscapes. Proper care must be taken to avoid damage and protect your home value. Proper removal services will adequately clear property while preserving structures and hardscapes.
  • Cost: While many customers may balk at the cost of commercial snow removal, it is comparable to the cost of purchasing the necessary equipment and the time spent on de-icing, snow blowing, and ice removal services performed individually. Every snowfall requires renewed attention. After months and years of removing ice yourself, it may be time to hire a professional.

Preparing for Ice and Snowfall

The basis for initiating professional snow removal services lies in the preparation beforehand. Getting structures, landscaping, and outdoor surfaces ready for winter weather can greatly reduce the time spent on removal services thereafter.

Adequate preparation services can also aide in protecting property and landscaping from harsh professional snow removal services after the arrival of snowy conditions. The professionals on Team Paradise can offer advice on how to prepare your home or business and proper timing for these methods. There is no substitute for proper preparation and planning.

Dealing with the Aftermath of Winter Weather

Despite proper preparation methods, the timing, type, amount, and duration of winter weather ultimately governs the method of clean up. Understanding the science behind professional snow removal and ice elimination can be complicated and require hours of tending.

Not only does Team Paradise have the knowledge and tools that are essential for clearing your home or business, they also have the experience and staff to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Commercial Considerations and Methods

Schools, malls, and retailers have unique commercial snow removal needs. These processes tend to hinge more on safety concerns and security issues. From entryway clearing to parking lot cleanup, Team Paradise is dedicated to offering businesses in the Annapolis, MD area quality snow and ice removal services.

Both short term and long-term needs are eligible for servicing. Whether you need infrequent servicing during the most brutal weather or continued clearance throughout the winter season, we are here to help you meet those needs and ensure safety for employees and customers, alike.

Unique Residential Needs

In contrast to the larger, more intensive needs of commercial locations, residential snow and ice removal is done on a smaller, more precise level. Clearing sidewalks, driveways, and entryways are the typical concerns that homeowners have for Team Paradise.

Committing to preventive measures, timely removal, and frequent clearing can help homeowners ensure the safety of friends and family entering and exiting the home. Clearing and protecting outdoor structures is another area of concern. Typically, homeowners have more landscaping and foliage to protect, as opposed to commercial clients. Our professionals are considerate of this and are committed to maintaining the home value by protecting these features.

Get a Consultation and Quote for Your Home or Business

Oftentimes, customers don’t understand what their direct needs are for winter weather preparation and removal procurement. When the first winter storm of the season hits, it is common for potential customers to seek out professional services in a state of apprehension and urgency.

Team Paradise is skilled at providing quick quotes based on basic information that is easily provided about the location to be serviced. We can discuss your needs, expectations, and potential service options and contracts for current or future periods. Our experienced staff provides exceptional customer service and ensuring a pleasant experience every time we make contact. It’s one of the responsibilities that we consider a priority.

Paradise Landscape and Hardscape, LLC: Ice and Snow Removal Services

If you are tired of clearing snow away from your home or have had it with salting the entryway to your business, there is another way. Put down that snow shovel, head into your warm home, and call Paradise Landscape and Hardscape, LLC today. With experience in serving home and business owners in Annapolis, MD, and surrounding areas, our company is committed to providing quality service at affordable prices.

Contact us today for your snow removal services. You won’t be disappointed with Paradise Landscape and Hardscape, LLC. We are here to make your winter easier with commercial and residential snow removal services.

Snow shoveling isn’t fun, but it’s often unavoidable. It’s not a great idea to even let the most meager snowfall to go unshoveled in your driveway because it will later melt and refreeze. The resulting sheet of ice becomes a slipping hazard. And while, yes, you can apply ice-melt products to it after the fact it’s always best to let the pros handle this for you! Call Paradise Landscape & Hardscape for all of your snow removal needs. In the meantime, here are a few tips to help you out:

1.  Snow Shoveling Preparations: Safety, Comfort, Efficiency

As for any yard maintenance job, priority #1 in snow shoveling is safety, followed closely by comfort and efficiency. Consider doing the following before you even step outside:

  • Stretch your muscles to prevent injury
  • Dress in layers to stay warm
  • Take breaks: Continuous snow shoveling can be hazardous to the health of those in not-such-great shape
  • “Wax” your shovel blade to make it slippery, thereby preventing snow from sticking to it.

2.  Staying Safe

Once you step outside and start wielding your shovel, remember the following:

  • Bend your knees and lift with your legs
  • As you lift the snow, keep the shovel blade close to you, to reduce back strain
  • Switch off between snow shoveling right-handed and left-handed, so that you’re working different muscles
  • Change your grip on the hand holding the bar
  • When the snowfall is heavy (1 foot in depth, let’s say), don’t try to clean right down to the ground with a single scoop. Instead, skim the top 6 inches off, then scoop up the bottom 6 inches. Otherwise, you could be hurting yourself by lifting too much.

3.  Snow Shoveling Tip for Those Who Park in the Driveway

Save yourself some time and trouble by clearing a path to the driver’s door of your car first. Once inside, start your car and turn on the defrosting mechanisms (front and back). Crank the heat full-blast, even though only cold air will come out initially (it will have a chance to warm up while you’re snow shoveling). By defrosting your windows, you make it easier to clear snow (and ice) off them. By clearing a path to your car first, you avoid trampling down snow on the way. Trampled snow has to be removed later, anyway, and it’s tougher to remove than unpacked snow.

4.  Have a Plan Before You Start Snow Shoveling

Leave 2 areas for last:

Don’t shovel the snow around the car just yet. More snow will accumulate there when you clean the car, so you might as well wait till then to clean up around the perimeter of the car.

Hold off on snow shoveling (with any degree of thoroughness) where your driveway meets the street. As plows go by, they’ll be barricading that area with more snow. Save this area till you’re ready to pull out with your car (or till after you’ve rested up).
5.  Snow Shoveling the Same Material Twice Doesn’t Make Sense

When you’re snow shoveling, don’t create huge piles right along the edge of your driveway. For one thing, some of the chunks will end up tumbling down back into your driveway, meaning you have to remove them twice. Instead, heave each shovel-full a decent distance away from your driveway. Before you start making piles, take into account what areas should be left open. For example, don’t dump the white stuff in front of the door of an outbuilding, especially if you plan on clearing a path to it later (why move the same material twice?)

6.  What to Ponder While You’re Snow Shoveling

As you’re wielding your shovel around, do you find that some shrubs you’ve planted are in your way? If a shrub you’ve planted close to the driveway becomes a nuisance in winter when you’re snow shoveling, now’s the time to make a note to transplant it in spring.

Likewise, what better time to size up your winter landscape than during the mindless task of snow shoveling? Do you have enough evergreen shrubs in your yard to create winter interest? Call Paradise Landscape & Hardscape!

7.  Snow Shoveling Tip: The Icy “Mulch”?

Since snow is a great insulator (sort of a “mulch,” if you will), why not direct some of your tosses into a planting bed?

  • Keep your tosses low: Shrub branches brittle with the winter cold can easily snap off
  • Keep the snow from nearest the road away from your plants: It may be laden with road salt

Some plants are more salt-tolerant than others, but there’s no sense in taking a chance.
8.  Don’t Forget Your Shrubs While Snow Shoveling

While on the subject of plants, keep an eye out for shrub branches that are groaning under the burden of excessive snow. To prevent such branches from snapping, gently brush the snow off them.

9.  Create a Windbreak When Snow Shoveling

Along the same lines, a big snowfall can be turned into a nice windbreak, if you aim your tosses properly. This windbreak does double-duty, since it also protects some shrubs on the house-side of the fence from wind damage.

10.  Would It Be Better to Use a Snowblower?

The best solution is to call Paradise Landscape & Hardscape and consider the following objections:

  • You may not receive enough snowfall in your area to warrant the investment
  • Likewise, if you have a small driveway, a snowblower may not be worth the bother
  • Snowblowers take up storage space year-round
  • Snowblowers are noisy and require maintenance and fuel