It’s mid August, I know. But like it or not, winter is just around the corner, and it is time to start preparing. Many lawn care contractors moonlight as snow removal contractors in the “off” season. As the heat takes a toll on lawns, and mowing slows down, take a break to survey what the upcoming months could bring.
Here in PA, winters have been a bit more mild as snow goes. Yet just south of us in MD and VA, and even the Washington D.C. area have been hit hard with the snow we are accustomed to receiving. These areas were not prepared for the storms, and trouble followed when the clean up took longer than anticipated. Crews were out at all hours, and they didn’t have enough salt/sand in some municipalities. The moral of the story here is that you just never know what good ole Mother Nature will throw your way.
A few years ago, we were hit with a Halloween snow in Central PA. That’s right, 6″ before November. 20 years ago that wasn’t a big thing. Heck, I remember making Halloween costumes to fit over my snow suit. But now a days, the seasons are changing their calendars and we have grown to enjoy the extended fall weather.
Check the Farmer’s Almanac. See what the winter forecast is for your neck of the woods. If you are already in the business of snow removal, evaluate your fleet. Thinking of trying it out this season? Now is the time to get great price breaks on snow equipment as the retailers stock up for winter. Plows, spreaders for salt and sand, walk behinds, and even liquid brine systems are all beneficial for the messy weather that can be thrown your way. Take the time to research what best suits your needs, and the needs of your customer base.
This year, bring it on Mother Nature! We are ready!