The Best Eco-Friendly Snow Removal – Peterborough, Ontario Maintenance Options

Given the diverse natural resources in and around Peterborough, most residents in this city strive to be as ecologically responsible as they can. Even the methods we use for something as basic as snow removal have an impact on the local environment. While clearing snow from walks and drives is a matter of health and safety, there are effective methods that are also eco-friendly.

Use Environmentally Friendly Ice Melters

A number of new deicing products have come on the market in recent years. Given the car corrosion and environmental damage caused by ice melters with high concentrations of salt, consumers are looking for good alternatives.

Look for products with Calcium Magnesium Acetate, also known as CMA, as one of the main ingredients. It makes the salt component of deicers more effective so that less salt is used. There are similar products that use liquid magnesium chloride in combination with byproducts from agricultural production of corn or beets. All of these are better options than rock salt.

Use the Right Amount of Product

It is all too easy to overuse deicers. Read the instructions for the recommended amount. You can even calculate the size of your driveway and measure the exact amount needed. Spread deicers carefully. Lots of granular deicers are accidentally scattered into planting beds or applied unevenly. More deicer is not always more effective.

Energy Efficient Snow Blowers

Small two-stroke gasoline engines are a major source of emissions. There are now good quality electric snow blowers on the market. Just like electric cars, they are emission free. If your driveway is too large for one, shop for an energy efficient gas snow blower. Four-stroke engines are more efficient; consider sharing one with a neighbor so you can both save money.

Use a Snow Shovel

Yes, it may be a little more work and take longer, but a snow shovel is the most eco-friendly snow clearing tool. Use one with a wide blade to push snow toward the edge of your driveway. Deeper shovels with sides are good for scooping snow to get it off the pavement. Find a place to pile snow where it will not damage small shrubs or other landscape plants.

Snow Removal Services

A landscaping maintenance company is one of your best options for snow removal. Peterborough, Ontario, has reliable companies that specialize in residential and commercial services. Ask them about the products they use. You can specify that only the most eco-friendly options are used around your home.

Most likely, you will use a combination of these methods. Invest a little extra time with a shovel, be careful with how much deicer you use and make your next snow blower energy efficient. You’ll be helping to keep Peterborough green and clean.

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