One of the hardest parts of winter is clearing away the snow from your driveways, walkways, pathways, and cars.
Although it can be very frustrating to keep up, keeping your home or business clear of ice and snow should be promptly attended to; especially for areas frequented by children and the elderly. As valuable as snow blowers and shovels are for clearing walkways from snow, is that enough to keep it from icing over and becoming a hazard?
Well, the rudimentary fix would be to pick up your old pal, the handy snow shovel, and get to work. In fact, this would probably burn a good deal of calories and contribute to your weekly exercise too. However, if this seems too difficult a task, here are some additional strategies for keeping walkways free of snow and ice:
Use Gritty Products
One good solution is to apply traction by adding something like sand, kitty litter, straw, or even wood chips. Traction from these items helps reduce the slipperiness of icy surfaces.
Rock salt works by lowering the freezing point of water so that ice won’t form until it is much colder. To get an even first distribution of the rock salt, you can use a handheld spreader.
When it comes to melting the ice, you can use something stronger than rock salt, like calcium chloride. This would quickly melt away the snow, even in below sub-zero temperatures. Although it might damage your grass, it could turn out to be the simple solution you were looking for.
For Plants, Calcium Magnesium
If you are worried about your lawn and plants, then Calcium magnesium acetate could be useful to you. It helps melt snow at temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. It can cause some damage to concrete but is a quick fix.
De-ice Before Snow Forms
Another measure would be to de-ice your walkways before the snow starts to stick to the ground. Mix a little sand or cat litter with your de-icer. When you walk on the slippery, wet ground, or go out to shovel the snow later, you’ll already have a layer of extra traction underneath.
One Last Tip
If there is already a blanket of snow formed, then start clearing it away before it melts. Shovel away as much snow as you can and make sure to apply additional measures afterward. Calcium chloride, white salt, and sand will surely help, but be sure to scrape away that extra snow with your shovel or scraper. Be alert, be prepared, and hope it snows a lot less next year.