Below is a list of the top 10 snowiest cities this season with populations above 100,000. This information was last updated one week ago on February 19, 2014. Detroit is currently the 7th snowiest city and far exceeds the population of all the other cities.

[one_fourth]CITY & STATE[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]POPULATION[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]SNOWFALL TOTAL[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]AVERAGE SNOWFALL[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Erie, Pennsylvania[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]101,786[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]1115.1[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]78.0[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Grand Rapids, Michigan[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]193,780[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]101.4[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]60.5[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Syracuse, New York[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]145,170[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]100.0[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]93.3[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Buffalo, New York[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]261,310[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]97.5[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]73.0[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Rochester, New York[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]210,565[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]78.6[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]71.3[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Ann Arbor, Michigan[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]113,934[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]78.5[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]39.5[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Worcester, Massachusetts[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]181,045[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]77.6[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]44.7[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Detroit, Michigan[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]713,777[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]77.3[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]30.3[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Toledo, Ohio[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]287,208[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]72.7[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]27.5[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Flint, Michigan[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]181,551[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]71.6[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]34.9[/one_fourth_last]

 

It has already been a record breaking winter here in the Metro Detroit area. Last month is now the snowiest January on record (31.5″). Only time will tell if more records will be broken this year and it is still very possible.

ATTENTION: NATIONAL ROCK SALT SHORTAGE AN ONGOING PROBLEM ACROSS THE US.

Due to the record breaking cold temperatures and snow accumulations across the United States this year a Nation wide rock salt shortage is quickly becoming a crisis for many states. Rock salt is the main method used across the United States to melt ice on roads because, it lowers the freezing point of any water that it comes into contact with. Suppliers currently cannot keep up with the high demand this year and are stretched to capacity.

This shortage has been an ongoing problem since mid January and it is very possible that supplies could completely run out soon. Local and state governments have been forced to initiate salt conservation plans to help stretch their supplies as much as they can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring is only 34 days away, which means blue skies, flowers and green plants are soon to come. Your garden will need some help making the transition from Winter to Summer. A good Spring clean up can help ensure a healthy start to the growing season. Below are some important outdoor Spring clean up tips to help ensure a great outdoor space this season.

  • LEAF & DEBRIS REMOVAL – The removal of left over debris from fall and winter is an essential part of Spring clean up. While some of these leftovers have allowed some nutrients to soak back into your gardens, not picking up the remaining debris can cause more harm then good. Not to mention, no one wants to see leaves piled up on their decks & patios.
  • PRUNING – It is very important to prune shrubs & tree’s and cut back perennials. This will help remove any damaged or diseased branches and allow for healthy growth. It will also restore the natural shape of your plants.
  • EDGING – Edging keeps a clean border between your garden bed and lawn, this is essential for mulched beds. This task not only provides a clean look, but also prevents grass from growing into your beds and mulch from spilling into your lawn.
  • MULCHING – Mulching is a big benefit to your Spring landscaping, not only does it look clean but it offers many other benefits as well. Laying down a layer of mulch will help reduce weeds, allow your plants to retain water longer, increase water flow and regulate the temperature of the soil.
  • PRE-EMERGENT – This is a application which is done prior to mulching to help reduce weed growth. An application of pre-emergent acts as a barrier to prevent weeds from germinating. While this isn’t a “weed killer” it will slow down the weeds and help keep weeding more manageable.
  • FERTILIZING – Many essential nutrients found in fertilizer are often not found in soil. Fertilizing helps ensure that your trees, shrubs, plants and lawn have the proper nutrients they need in order to thrive throughout the growing season.

If you are interested in our spring landscaping services, call us today for more information! ( 586.756.1145 Macomb County | 248.835.3000 Oakland County) Unable to call? Fill out our online estimate request form, and one of our landscaping professionals will get back to you at your convenience.

Oakland & Macomb County Snow Removal
Today we would like to share an article by Jim Paluch from jphorizons.com.

SNOW in Atlanta, SNOW in Texas, SNOW in Chicago, SNOW in Greenville, South Carolina. So let out a cheer for a group of professionals that too often go unrecognized just by the hours that they keep! Professional Snow and Ice Management Companies, whether they be 3 people or 300 people, are one of the greatest examples of teamwork, commitment and execution that can be found anywhere outside of NAVY SEALS! Put into perspective the WINTER REGIMENT of a SNOW & ICE MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL.

For many of these professionals starting sometime in December, they start to sleep with one eye open, their cell phones close, and warm clothes arranged so that they can jump out of bed and into them as they hustle to a truck stopping only to tighten their boots and fill up a coffee cup! This continues until the last bit of ice and snow has come and gone in the spring sometimes for many using the same truck to haul landscape materials in the morning and to manage a late season snow fall in the night. After we offer this group a standing ovation for the work they have accomplished as they help us to STAY ALIVE OUTSIDE throughout the winter, as leaders in a wide variety of businesses, we should stop and consider what we can learn from this band of committed and passionate professionals.

1. THEY KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING – Long before the snow flies, they are planning with their teams on organizing routes, assigning tasks, and creating contingency plans. They know that the only way that they can succeed out on the roads and parking lots under the pressure of time and safety is to plan. I have sat in on some of those planning meetings, and one thing that always stands out to me is how attentive everyone is. From the veterans to the rookies in the crowd, they are listening, asking questions, offering suggestions, and taking notes.  They realize their success depends on a plan that everyone understands.

2. THEY HAVE A PROCESS TO COMMUNICATE – In some cases it may be as simple as a “flip phone call chain” set off by the first flake of snow that the person sitting up and watching the weather reports. Once the process is set into motion, everyone knows who they need to call next and in a matter of minutes the troops are being assembled and heading into battle with boots on. In other cases, a snow command center would make even the most sophisticated government intelligence agency look on with envy. There are computer screens picking up web-cams monitoring sites across the city, and a texting process where all that needs to happen is touch a button for the campaign to begin. They are watching satellites and monitoring ground temperatures to make educated decisions with a degree of accuracy that parallels landing a lunar module on the moon.

3. THE EQUIPMENT IS READY – They leave nothing to chance and when the time comes to move into action, they want to be prepared to do what they need to do.  Knowing that lost minutes on the front end could cost hours on the back end of a storm, lose a customer’s confidence or possibly cause an unsafe situation at a site they are being trusted to keep safe helps everyone know the importance of being ready. The preparation time up front to have everything they need in working order will always help them get the work accomplished most efficiently

4. They TRAIN & TRAIN & TRAIN . . . Mark Adamson, VP of SALES & MARKETING for the WESTERN, FISHER, BLIZZARD & SNOWEX brands, often talks about the process he sees his customers all across the country going through in preparation for the snow and ice season. “They will practice by pushing old tires around a parking area with their plows. They put plows on and take them off and put them on again, just to make sure they are ready when the time comes. And every great Snow and Ice Professional will train on the important details from how to keep warm in the sub-zero temperatures, to equipment maintenance, to how to make sure the team is getting enough sleep to be safe and effective.”

The four points above are important things that any business and professional should be doing, yet the one thing that has always been the most important lesson to learn from the SNOW AND ICE PROFESSIONALS across the country is . . . they have an incredible commitment and passion for what they do. It takes a special person to jump into a cold truck in the middle of the night, shake the last remaining fog of sleep from their head and go out to what is very tedious, demanding and stressful work. Commitment and passion are the words any of us would want attached to the work we do and the profession we are part of. Commitment and passion come in part from the points listed above and working to perfect them, but mostly commitment and passion come from the work itself and knowing that it is meaningful and important. They are willing to accept the challenge, the demand, and the stress as simply part of the job. In accepting the pressure, they deal with it, they have control over it, and they perform an important duty. Whether it is getting us to and from work or school safely or making sure that a young couple driving to the hospital in the middle of the night during a winter storm can make it safely and timely for their child to be born, or a thousand other reasons . . . it’s okay to say THANKS to the guys and gals that make snow and ice THEIR BUSINESS!

 

If you want to learn more about the power of PEOPLE SOLUTIONS THAT DRIVE BUSINESS PERFORMANCE, contact:
JP Horizons Inc. | Phone: (440) 352-8211 | jim@jphorizons.com | http://www.jphorizons.com