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Tips on Getting Your Home Winter Ready

Tips on Getting Your Home Winter Ready

Preparing your home to be winter ready should be a primary concern for any homeowner. It will save you time and money as well as ensure the safety of family and friends. Some options you should consider include sealing drafts, furnace maintenance and buying bulk deicing salt.

On average we lose 10 – 25 percent of our home’s heat through its windows. Replacing old drafty windows might not be a viable option. However, you can still temporary fix these issues with cost efficient alternatives such as caulking or weather snakes.

Home Inspection

Scheduling a professional to examine your furnace is another way to ensure your home is winter ready. A professional will examine your furnace and the dispersion of heating throughout your house. Verifying your furnace is working correctly is paramount, especially at the beginning of winter when the sudden drop in temperature could lead to frozen pipes.

Use Bulk Salt

In addition to preparing the inside of your home to withstand the cold, you should be equally as mindful of the area outside your home. Preparing yourself with bulk salt will mitigate the dangers of icy walkways. By purchasing bulk salt, you’ll have the piece of mind of being prepared for any sudden snow or freeze for the entirety of winter. Insider tip: Consider keeping a small supply of the bulk salt in you vehicle with your emergency kit as a precaution.

When winter hits, you want to be sure you’re prepared. With more than 25 years of experience, Draglam Salt provides the highest quality deicing salt to ensure a safe environment for you and your family.

 

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Three Best Ways to Store Your Bulk Salt

Three Best Ways to Store Your Bulk Salt

Surviving the harsh Canadian winters can be tough, especially when faced with mountains of snow and ice-covered roads. Salt is high on the list of essential winter survival tools, as it is absolutely necessary protecting your home and roads from the dangers of ice.

Buying individual bags of salt can be expensive and time consuming, which is why bulk salt is a lifesaver. But where do you keep 1,000 pounds of salt once the grasp of winter begins to ease up? Bulk salt left out in the open can quickly deteriorate if exposed to moisture or heavy wind, so it’s important to store your salt properly. Here are the three most effective salt storage solutions:

  1. Tarps

Tarps are a cheap, effective, and easy salt storage solution, but can be a bit of an eye sore. This option is great for those with limited space, and it allows you to choose where to store your salt. However, tarps are not always ideal; they can get buried in snow, blown away in heavy winds, and can leave salt stains on your property.

  1. Storage Bins

Storage bins are one of the better ways to store your bulk salt. They’re sturdy, fairly inexpensive, and even portable depending on the bin you choose. However, they don’t hold much salt compared to other salt storage options, making you might need multiple bins which can quickly become inconvenient.

  1. Salt Storage Domes

Salt storage domes are by far the best option in this list. They’re affordable, built specifically for the purpose of salt storage, and can be easily moved or disassembled if need be. Salt storage domes can hold a large amount of salt if you require it for plowing or commercial purposes.

If you’re looking for bulk salt for your business or commercial property, contact Draglam Salt Ontario’s professional and expert rock and road salt supplier!

5 Tips for Preparing Your Lawn for Spring

5 Tips for Preparing Your Lawn for Spring

Spring is one of the most important times to perform maintenance to your lawn. By following these 5 steps you can help prevent your beautiful lawn from being overtaken with weeds and any stress.

  1. Remove any debris that has accumulated. This is a perfect time to also rake up any matted areas of the lawn, which can harbor Snow Mold. Raking these areas and removing debris will encourage better air flow throughout the turf grass and prevent any disease and insect infestation. It will also allow new grass blades to grow without struggle.
  2. Applying a pre-emergent crabgrass control in early spring is very important. After this point the weed seeds will have begun to germinate and the pre-emergent will no longer be effective. An important thing to note is that crabgrass is very difficult to get rid of once it has germinated.
  3. Fertilizing after winter or early spring will jump start your lawn from being dormant. It provides a nutrient build up that will give it the strength to withstand the warmer summer months.
  4. Core aeration is good for your lawn. It allows water and air to reach the root zone faster. This results in new growth and increased root development. After winter it’s important to core aerate before the soil temperature increases because it voids an invitation to aggressive weeds.
  5. Winter can wreak havoc on lawns and come spring there may be some lawn damage by salt and snow plows. In early spring it can be a great time to re-seed any damaged turf areas. However, if you apply a pre-emergent weed control take precaution. The pre-emergent weed control is non-selective, so it will prevent seeds from germinating. It’s recommended to hold off crab grass control to the latest point possible. Then perform turf repairs as needed so the seeds have enough time to germinate.

If you’re looking for professional and experienced lawn care control, contact Weed-A-Way. Get your winter lawn maintenance taken care of, so you can enjoy a growing lush, green grass in the summer. Call 905-858-3100 for a free lawn evaluation and consultation.

Winter Lawn Care Tips for a Better Spring

Winter Lawn Care Tips for a Better Spring

The winter is when you spend the least amount of time thinking of your lawn. Unless you live in an area that is relatively warm all year long, chances are you have put the lawn mower away and are ready for a few months of relaxation before you have to start the lawn maintenance routine again.

There are a few things you can do during even the harshest winter that can ensure a beautiful, lush yard once spring rolls around again.

Fertilizing in the Winter

Late fall or early winter are the best times to fertilize cool season grasses. Since the majority of the lawns in North America are made from these grasses, like Bermuda and bluegrass, it is a good bet your yard has a typical cool season blend.

Before the first freeze, give your lawn a thorough fertilizing to replace all of the nutrients that can be lost from the soil during the hot summer months. Once the weather turns cold, the fertilizer will remain in the soil and feed your lawn’s roots all winter long.

When spring comes your lawn will be full of healthy, lush, green grass that has been feeding on good fertilizer nutrients underneath the snow.

Keep it Clean

It is easy for items to be left on the lawn during the long, cold winter when no one goes outside very often. Stray logs, toys, and even lawn furniture can be accidentally overlooked before the first snow comes.

Make sure that you clear the lawn of all objects after you mow it for the last time of the year. Do an occasional sweep of the lawn every couple of weeks during the winter, as well.

If an object is left on the grass during cold weather and snowfall it can create large dead spots because of the weight of the object. In the spring the grass in that area will be stunted and thinner than the rest of the yard.

Prepare for the Winter

There really is not much lawn care that needs to be done during the cold months of winter. If you properly prepare the lawn during the fall, it will be fine until the warm days of spring arrive once more.

  • Make sure you aerate, fertilize, and mow the lawn before the first freeze of the season.
  • Rake away any dead leaves that may have fallen and collected on your yard to avoid wet spots that can become mossy or moldy.
  • Keep the lawn cleared of debris and avoid foot traffic in the yard while it is dormant.

If you want o ensure your lawn is prepared for the winter it’s best to contact the professionals. Weed-A-Way will ensure you have taken care of everything that needs to be done during the fall and winter, so can enjoy a nice cozy winter indoors with your family before growing season begins again in the spring.

 

Top 3 Things That Happen When You Don’t Close Your Pool

Top 3 Things That Happen When You Don’t Close Your Pool

Pool closing is arguably the most important thing you can do as a pool owner. Without it, your pool is susceptible to all sorts of dirt, debris, and damage which could cost you in the long run. Pool closing is a fairly straightforward process, and although it can be intimidating your first few times, it’s important to get it right to avoid any complications over the winter. If you’re new to pool closing, you might not be aware of what can happen when you don’t close your pool, so here’s what you need to watch out for:

  1. Your liner can rip, crack, or develop holes

Without a proper pool closing routine, your liner may become damaged. This can cause the foundation to erode over time, washing out the sand and soil that maintain the structure of the pool. The effects? Cracks, sinking or failure of the walls, and even shifting, wrinkling and bubbling of your liner.

  1. You risk damaging or destroying plumbing & equipment

If you plan to keep water running through all of the plumbing, instead of doing your yearly pool closing, you might be okay. However, if the power fails or if it gets too cold, the lines can freeze, causing them (and your pump/filter) to freeze and break.

  1. It gets dirty

If your pool closing procedures don’t include draining, cleaning, and covering your pool, you risk all sorts of buildup and debris over the winter. Cleaning all of the gunk out of your pool isn’t fun once spring rolls around.

If you need to close your pool for the winter, contact Total Pro Pools. The professional pool closing and cleaning professionals to ensure you won’t be stuck with a swimming pool you can’t use in the summer!

Three Uses For Bulk Road Salt

Three Uses For Bulk Road Salt

Harsh winter weather can lead to dangerous road conditions, an unavoidable part of our harsh Canadian winters. Winter road salt is the most popular and effective solution to icy or snowy roads, but it can be pricey and inconvenient to keep going back to the store every time you need a bag. Draglam salt is an Ontario deicing salt supplier serving Brampton, Toronto, Concord, Pickering, and more. Bulk winter road salt is convenient and affordable, so consider some of the many ways you could benefit from a bulk deicing salt supplier this winter.

Driveway and walkway safety

Deicing salt can be applied to driveways and walkways to quickly eliminate built up ice and snow. Your local deicing salt supplier most likely offers products that are made for home use to avoid stains or salt buildup.

Road salt and deicing

Salt and deicing compounds are essential for public safety on and off the roads. Whether your snowplow missed a spot on your road, or you just want to be extra cautious, a deicing salt supplier can provide you with the tools you need to survive the winter.

Preemptive damage control

The buildup of heavy snow and thick ice can cause damage to your driveway, walkway, steps, and other property. By obtaining bulk salt from Draglam Salt, you can cover vulnerable spaces to ensure they don’t get damaged throughout the long winter.

The Benefits of Buying Salt in Bulk

The Benefits of Buying Salt in Bulk

If you live in Canada, or any other similar climate, winter road salt is essential for your safety on and off the road. Winter road salt has been proven to provide traction by cutting through ice, in turn increasing overall driver and pedestrian safety. Whether it’s excess snow or slippery ice, winter weather can threaten your safety and ability as a driver on public roads. Road salt is an absolute essential, and in particularly bad winters the price can really add up.

If you usually buy road salt from a local hardware or garden store, you might not know how much you could save with bulk salt prices. If you plan on buying lots of salt over the course of the winter, consider the benefits to buying in bulk from your local supplier.

Convenience

Many salt suppliers can provide delivery and discounts when you purchase salt in bulk. Delivery can save you from making a risky trip to the hardware store during poor conditions, allowing you to safeguard your property from the threat of a winter storm. Ask your local supplier about their bulk salt prices.

Safety

Since you’ll likely be relying on road salt throughout the entire winter, having a stockpile of bulk salt on hand can provide safety and peace of mind. Plus, bulk salt prices are generally much more affordable than individual bags.

Price

Finally, buying salt in bulk can provide substantial savings in the long run. Bulk salt is currently at the low end of the spectrum, meaning you can save money on a winter essential that has a guaranteed application for months to come. Contact Draglam Salt, for your property and business salt deicing needs. Stay ahead of the snow this winter season with delivery you can count on!