December is off to a snowy start and it looks like we’ll have definitely have a white Christmas!
With more snow coming, you’ll want to be careful how you clear a brick paver or stone driveway or walkway to maintain it and reduce damage. Here are a few tips:
Use caution when applying any de-icing chemicals and be careful to not overdo it. We recommend:
Calcium based products
Rock salt (sodium chloride)
Avoid using magnesium-based products, as they are very aggressive and may cause damage to the surface.
It’s also best to use a plastic shovel wherever possible, and attach plastic blade protectors to your snow plows or snow blowers. Avoid metal blades on plows, since they may scratch the surface.
Holiday events around the metro area
Looking for things to do while the kids are off school? Here are a few events in the metro area that sound fun to us!
Holidazzle is a special tradition that brings people from all over the region together to celebrate in a Winter Wonderland here in Downtown Minneapolis. It’s about stories of people, products and places that unite for a spectacular holiday event. Open Thursdays through Sundays through December 23, 2016!
How about an outdoor movie? Holidazzle is featuring movies outdoors in their Winter Wonderland area. “Ice Age” will be playing on Thursday, December 22, at 7 p.m., and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be on Friday, December 23 at 7 p.m.
Skating at Renaissance Depot Hotel One of the best things to do during the holidays is go ice skating, and Minneapolis is home to one of the top 10 skating rinks in the county, according to Fodor’s Travel. The Depot Rink at the Renaissance Depot Hotel dates all the way back to 1899. The indoor skating rink is a favorite because it’s heated, and it features floor-to-ceiling glass windowed walls looking out on the skyline of Minneapolis. Concessions serve warm comfort foods like soups, chili and pizza. Skaters can get a glass of wine, local craft beers or hot chocolate before and after skating.
Polar Dash Brave the cold weather for charity during the Polar Dash on New Year’s Day, when runners can participate in a 1,500 meter, 5k or 10k race along the icy Mississippi River to raise money for the Shriners Hospital for Children. The finish line reward? A steaming cup of hot chocolate. The event also includes a Yeti Challenge, where participants can join all three races.
We’ve had another great year helping our customers with their landscaping projects – thanks to all of our wonderful clients. We’re wishing all of you a healthy & happy holiday season!