Winter Hardscape Care Tips:
Winter weather is here and winter hardscape care is something you should think about as soon as possible. Over the past ten years, Rochester has averaged 96 inches of snow a year annually. That’s a lot! As you know, all of that snow and ice can result in slippery roads and slick surfaces before you know it. All of that participation has the same effect on the surfaces around your home- like your driveway and walkways for example. Safety for you, your family and anyone walking on these surfaces should be a priority for obvious reasons. When it comes time to clear a path and remove the snow away from your hardscape, we don’t recommend using rock salt. Using a biodegradable de-icer can make your patio and walkway much safer for you and your family without harming the surface or surrounding environment.
Rock salt is intended for asphalt and should NOT be applied to walkways or patios, regardless of whether your hardscapes are natural stone, pavers, or concrete because it will damage them! It’s also not healthy for your surrounding plants. Like a car that has rusted from salty roads, your hardscape will corrode and discolor over time if you use salt.
Instead, use Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) products. These de-icers are biodegradable and will not harm the environment when used in small amounts. It is also much safer for your pets! We recommend using CMA products over rock salt.
Here are some additional tips for winter hardscape care:
- Pretreat your surface before it snows. This will prevent ice and snow from building up and helps you use less product in the long run.
- Use de-icer sparingly! Don’t allow the product to pile up.
- Always use a plastic shovel to avoid damaging your surface. Metal shovels can end up scraping your hardscape.
- Wash off any excess de-icer that remains after a snow or ice event.
- Most importantly, be safe and watch your step out there, especially in your driveway and at night!
Have questions specific to your home’s hardscape? Feel free to send us a message! We are happy to help provide care tips or answer questions about your hardscaping or landscaping.