Winter Tips

Winter Tips For Lawn Care & Snow Removal In Post Falls & Coeur d’Alene

Quick Guide to Snow Shoveling

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Winter Tips | Comments Off on Quick Guide to Snow Shoveling

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  If you are inactive and have a history of heart trouble, talk to your doctor before you take on the task of shoveling snow. 1.  Pick the right shovel for you.  A smaller blade will require you to lift less snow; putting less strain on your body. 2.  Dress in several layers so you can remove a layer as needed. 3.  Begin shoveling slowly to avoid placing a sudden demand on your heart.  Pace yourself and take breaks as needed. 4.  Protect your back from injury by lifting correctly; stand with your feet about hip width for balance and keep the shovel close to your body.  Bend from the  knees (not the back) and tighten your stomach muscles as you lift the snow.  Avoid twisting movements (if you need to move the snow to one side reposition your feet to face the direction the snow will be going). 5.  Most importantly — listen to your body.  Stop if you feel pain, we are just a phone call away....

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Snow Shoveling Tips

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Winter Tips | Comments Off on Snow Shoveling Tips

It happens every winter in this part of the country… snow falls, usually leaving piles of it to clear from your sidewalks and driveway. Why not think about the following before you grab your shovel after a major snowfall: Scooping up heavy piles of that snow is hard work for your back muscles. Impatience or overenthusiasm can cause you to pull a muscle or suffer from nagging backaches. Shoveling “pros” recommend that homeowners use curved shovels versus flat ones (they retain snow more effectively) and select a shovel that is of reasonable weight. Make sure that as you’re lifting your snow-filled shovel, you’re bending your knees. Don’t twist your back and toss the snow over your shoulder. That movement, when repeated continuously, will promote backaches. Ongoing research has shown an increase in the number of fatal heart attacks among snow shovelers after heavy snowfalls. This rise may be due to the sudden demand that shoveling places on an individual’s heart as snow shoveling may cause a quick increase in heart rate and blood pressure. One study determined that after only two minutes of shoveling, sedentary men’s’ heart rates rose to levels higher than those normally recommended during aerobic exercise. Shoveling can be made more difficult by the weather. Cold air makes it harder to work and breathe, which adds some extra strain on the body.  Additionally, there is the risk for hypothermia if one is not dressed correctly for the weather conditions. Who should think twice about shoveling snow?  •Anyone who has already had a heart attack. •Individuals with a history of heart disease. •Those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. •Smokers. •Individuals leading a sedentary...

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Snow Safety Tips

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Winter is a time of year when hazards, both natural and man-made, can place you at risk in a moment of forgetfulness. Even you, the infallible homeowner — queen of the castle, king of the tool belt — may be taking risks of which you’re not even aware. You may have heard the term “black ice” to describe that near-invisible sheen covering your front step and walkway. “Black ice” is a poor term to describe something you can’t see until you slide and break a leg on it or even hit your head on a hard surface after taking a fall. Even worse, those spots place seniors at risk for very serious injury, including a broken hip. If you’re unsure about whether or not the sidewalk is slippery, walk slowly and cautiously with your feet pointing outward. This position actually helps you brace yourself better, and it helps protect you to some degree in the event that you slip and fall.  Also, proceed with caution when walking across your front yard; it may be frozen, which will cause you to slip and fall faster than you can say “ouch.” The National Safety Council recommends taking the following precautions on potentially slippery surfaces: · Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes or boots outside. Instead, wear flat shoes with slip resistant soles or rain/snow boots; both of these provide you with some degree of traction. · As stated above, take short, flat steps. The heels and soles of your shoes keep contact with the ground as long as possible, providing you with maximum surface contact. · Before heading indoors, shake your umbrella outdoors; and once inside, remove your shoes. Snow and ice often stick to the soles of shoes and will melt almost immediately as your shoes begin to warm up. The result is a slippery surface and the risk of a...

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3 Questions To Ask Snow Removal Contractors

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Snow Removal, Winter Tips | Comments Off on 3 Questions To Ask Snow Removal Contractors

Asking the right questions can make the difference between elation and disaster for homeowners and business owners alike. Going with the ‘lowest bid’ hardly gets the job done anymore; consider the “price” verses the “value” of the service. Before contracting with your next snow removal company, ask them these questions – and get verifiable answers that make sense. Does the company have insurance (General liability insurance specifically covering snow removal operations)? How long has the firm been operating? How will the company communicate with you & how will you be billed? We honestly feel that if you ask each contractor these same questions, and are diligent in verifying each of their answers, you will decide to do business with us. Sound like a big statement? IT IS! Not all snow removal companies are created equal. Our experienced property maintenance estimator will come to your business or home and perform a complete and thorough estimate at no cost or obligation to you. In addition to the price, our estimate will include all of the elements necessary for you to make an informed and proper decision. Our estimators will work on your timeline, being available to stop by your business or home during the day, at night or on the weekends at your convenience. Once we receive your quote request, we will contact you within 24 hours or feel free to call us at one of the numbers listed below for immediate assistance. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you! Contact us today for a Free, No Obligation...

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Snow Plowing & Snow Removal Service

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Snow Removal, Winter Tips | Comments Off on Snow Plowing & Snow Removal Service

Premium snow management by Ultra-Lawn means that your family members, employees, customers, residents, and/or suppliers arrive safe and sound. We clear the way for you to enjoy your property at home or conduct business while others are still digging themselves out. Snow Removal Services Offered Include The Following: Snow Plowing Snow Removal/ Off-Site Removal Loader Work / Bobcat Service De-Icing Snow Shoveling Snow Blowing We are proud to offer our customers: On-Site Consultations Free Estimates Per Push Programs Per Hour Programs Customized Season Contracts Emergency Response Service We have full-time snow removal professionals that manage your account 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.  Parking areas, access roads, walkways, and entrances get immediate and constant attention throughout snow emergencies with our snow removal equipment and manpower. Many companies plow snow as a secondary service to complement their “primary” business. Unfortunately the customer usually ends up learning the hard way when their lot or walks are not plowed or provide timely service during daytime snowfalls when the contractor is out working on their “primary” business. If you’re looking for a service that cares about your property and gives you the extra attention that you deserve, then contact us first. Ultra-Lawn specializes in Winter Maintenance Programs tailored towards: Residential Properties Corporate Office Buildings Retail Shopping Centers Industrial Properties Large Parking Areas There is a difference! That is why we are ranked as one of the area’s top snow management Contractors. Contact us today for a Free, No Obligation...

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