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    Nichole Morine

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    What Are the Dangers of Using Rock Salt Around Pets?

    Posted by Nichole Morine on Sep 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM

    Rock salt (sodium chloride), as well as many other deicers, pose major hazards to your pets when applied in significant quantities to your driveway and other outdoor pavements. Being aware of these dangers and how to eliminate, or at least minimize, the risks to your cat or dog from rock salt can save your pet's health or even his/her life.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Health

    How to Melt Snow and Ice Without Damaging Your Driveway From Salt

    Posted by Nichole Morine on Sep 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Every winter, homeowner's in the northern half or so of the United States and all around Canada face the dilemma of how to rid their driveways of snow/ice build-up without doing any damage in the process. Rock salt and other deicers are typically used to melt down snow and ice, while shoveling may still be needed to remove loosened but slow-melting "tough spots." Yet, both concrete and asphalt drives can suffer harm from the use of deicing salts.

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    Topics: Driveway, Snow Removal, Snow Melting

    Keeping Your Home Energy Efficient, Eco-friendly, and Environmentally Safe this Winter

    Posted by Nichole Morine on Aug 27, 2016 8:30:00 AM

    With the rising costs of electricity and home-heating fuels, homeowners are more concerned than ever before about maintaining an energy efficient home. Concerns for safety and for the environment are also high priorities among many homeowners, and thankfully, the very same actions that curb the high costs of home energy usage often also tend toward "eco-friendliness" and environmental safety.

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    Topics: Home Maintenance, Winter, Winter Safety

    3 Reasons Outdoor Heated Floor Mats are Worth the Investment

    Posted by Nichole Morine on Aug 3, 2016 2:44:00 PM

    With so many snow removal methods on the market, it can be overwhelming to understand which is the best method for you. While deicing solutions can be tempting to use in the winter due to their effectiveness they are time consuming, environmentally hazardous and break down the materials of your driveway and walkways. Although they can be great short-term solutions, in the long run they rack up serious damages and costs! Here’s the top three reasons that outdoor heated floor mats are worth the investment for next year!

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Snow Melting Mats, Heated Floor Mats

    3 Questions You Need to Ask Before Buying Your Snow Melting Mats

    Posted by Nichole Morine on Aug 2, 2016 7:30:00 AM

    It’s no secret that the past winter was one of the most devastating on the books. From property damages to stalls in businesses running effectively, chances are that you or someone you know was affected by the severity of this season’s storms.

    Although we hope that next year’s storms will be more gentle on our homes, sidewalks, streets and stores, it’s better to plan ahead and be ready when it comes to snow removal methods.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Heated Mats, Snow Melting Mats

    Tips to Maintaining Your Driveway Year Round!

    Posted by Nichole Morine on Aug 1, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Your driveway is one of the most important aspects of your property maintenance. Whether it’s where you park your car, shoot hoops or watch your children play, a maintained drive is critical for homeownership.

    The bad news is that all this usage means wear and tear, regardless of your driveway type. The good news? When it comes to keeping your driveway in top condition basic driveway maintenance is easy to do yourself.

    From having a good snow removal plan of action to reapplying sealants in summer, these expert tips keep a driveway looking its best during every season.

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    Topics: Driveway, Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Landscaping, Concrete

    How to Prepare a Winter Gardening Plan…in the Summer!

    Posted by Nichole Morine on Jul 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    How refreshing it is to breathe in the clean scents of summer! The fresh cut grass, flowers in full bloom, plump garden vegetables, and, of course, the wafts of BBQ from the outdoor grill—it’s no wonder we spend so much time out on our lawns and gardens during the summer.

    But there’s no reason we can’t enjoy a beautiful yard even when it’s covered in snow. In fact, maintaining a lawn during the colder months doesn’t just offer some lovely winter landscapes; it’s crucial to ensuring our yards stay healthy all year round. For example, residents of Alaska, who face incredibly fickle and extreme climates throughout the year, consider their yard’s seasonal health from the moment they construct a lawn and choose their grass!

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    Topics: Landscaping, Winter Gardening

    How to Store Heated Floor Mats in Summer?

    Posted by Nichole Morine on Jun 10, 2016 3:53:00 PM

    While you might find yourself wishing for a big snow plow during a heavy winter storm, when it comes time to store your equipment for the off-season, you might be glad you don’t have to deal with the storage of heavy machinery.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting Mats, Heated Floor Mats

    4 Easy Tricks to Spruce Up Your Lawn and Landscaping After Winter

    Posted by Nichole Morine on May 18, 2016 4:54:00 AM

    It's time to spring forward! After a long winter, lawns and landscaping need some TLC to get them in shape for spring. While a harsh season might have left your plants in rough shape, dedicating a day in the yard to clean-up and planting prep is all you need. Here we’ve compiled four easy DIY tricks you can do to spruce up your lawn after winter (FAST!).

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    Topics: Landscaping

    Refinishing Wood After Winter: Get Your Decks and Patios Back

    Posted by Nichole Morine on May 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

     The winter elements are tough on all materials, but especially wood. Wood can fade, stain, crack, chip, splinter and get water logged… The list seems endless!

    The good news is that revitalizing your wooden decks, patio furniture, wooden trims and wall panels back (without hiring a professional!) is easier than you think.

    Read on to see your tips for getting your wood looking beautiful again!

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    Topics: Home Maintenance, Landscaping