Snow Removal with Berns Landscaping Services, Inc

Planning ahead for snow removal is critical to ensuring a fast response. When snow starts blanketing your property this year, you can count on us for a prompt, efficient snow removal and de-icing services.

We are offering customers in your area snow removal services. No matter what the size of your property, we can keep your winter weather worries to a minimum.

What We Offer:

  • Commercial, Industrial & Retail Sites
  • Shopping centers, malls & plazas
  • Hotels & Conference centers
  • Medical Buildings, nursing homes & assisted living facilities

Fully Licensed and insured, our equipment and processes are continually updated to provide you with the best service possible. Give us a call today to find out how we can melt your winter worries away!
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Landscaping in the Winter 

  1. DO NOT buy cheap mulch in your garden for the winter. It is a GREAT idea to add mulch to your garden in the winter, however, you must read the ingredients in the mulch, and make sure you are buying good stuff to last through the snow and freeze. Certain mulches that show a “discounted” price, will he harmful to your garden throughout the winter. Key to Landscaping in the Winter!
  2. DO NOT forget to rake the leaves. Don’t leave the leaves. Pick them up, do 1 last mow! Give your grass a chance to breathe in the winter.
  3. DO NOT cut the grass to0 short. Cutting the grass “too short” before the ground freezes.
  4. DO NOT Ignore the bugs. If you were having a bug problem, a spider problem, or worse before the snow falls, do NOT ignore it until spring. They can come back stronger than ever next spring. Key to Landscaping in the Winter!
  5. DO NOT miss out on the deals! After planting and gardening season wraps up, there are TONS of stores that practically give away their garden equipment. DO NOT miss out on the sales, and get garden supplies in the winter, to save in the spring!
  6. DO NOT use weed killer in the winter! Good weed killer should be applied in mild or warm temperatures. Do not use them in cold temps, it will cause more harm than good. Key to Landscaping in the Winter!
  7. Use the RIGHT fertilizer. There are different types of fertilizer that can be used in all 4 seasons. Make sure you purchase the correct one during the cold months. Here is a list of different types to use, if you are applying yourself.
  8. DO NOT forget final manicuring. Aeration should be completed well in advance of the winter freeze so you can give your landscaping a chance to recover before the ground freezes over.
  9. DO NOT forget to water your outdoor plants. If there is no snow or no rain, do not forget to water your plants. They still get thirsty in the winter.
  10.  Start planning for the spring early. It is never to early to start your ideas for planting. Have a plan and the right tools, so once that deep freeze leaves us, your garden season can last longer.

Landscaping in the Winter

Winter Tree Services with Quality Tree Services

During the long cold winter months, many of our clients forget about their trees. This is a big mistake commonly made by homeowners. The correct timing of pruning can be very important for specific species of trees and for some the correct time is during the dormant season.

Winter dormant pruning is done shortly before spring growth. Doing so leaves fresh wounds exposed for a short period of time before the wound healing process begins.

Advantages of Winter Dormant Pruning

  • For some species pruning during the dormant season is the best time for the tree.
  • Thinning the canopy and removing dead wood reduces storm damage potential.
  • Deciduous plants are leaf free, allowing for more accurate pruning and reduced cleanup times.
  • Insects and disease spores are inactive during the winter, reducing the chance for infestation.
  • Rejuvenation and clearance pruning can he performed with minimal risk of promoting sucker growth.

Emergency tree services can also be much needed during the winter. Heavy snow, ice and damaging winds can cause devastating effects on trees. Winter dormant pruning can help reduce these risks. Unsure if your tree’s are at risk this winter?? 

The Benefits of Evergreen Trees

There are a variety of trees and shrubs that fall into the Evergreen family, which hold their leaves throughout all the seasons. Conifers (Hemlock, Blue Spruce, Red Cedar, and White Pine) and Holly are the most popular types of Evergreen found in Michigan. The winter months here in Michigan, give these beautiful trees the opportunity to take the spotlight in our landscapes.

Winter Tree Services

 

 

Because evergreens provide lush green foliage all year round they are very beneficial to use in your landscape. There are a variety of different ways evergreen plants can be used in your landscape.

Backdrop – You can create a beautiful backdrop you can enjoy all year round. By choosing different varieties you can vary the shades of green to create a very pleasing display.

Border – Outline your beds and paths with dwarf versions that will accentuate these key areas of landscape design all year round.

Groundcover – Low lying species of spreading evergreen can create a beautiful carpet of green when needed.

Hide areas of your home – Have some unsightly areas around your home you would rather not see? evergreens are a great way to hide your home foundation, water faucets, water meters and any other area you may not like.

Privacy – The lush season long foliage of evergreens such as arborvitae, juniper and yew make great privacy hedges.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

This winter, Metro Detroit residents are planning to see above average snowfall totals. Our teams have been out all winter long salting roads and clearing snow. We wanted to take a moment to remind everyone to please practice safe snow shoveling this winter.  Below are some helpful tips for safe snow shoveling practices.

 

  • Stretch First – Cold temperatures and unprepared muscles are a bad combination in winter weather. Do not rush and charge at the snow with all you have, take some time and stretch first to prevent injury.
  • Dress In Layers – Dressing in loose fitting layers that can easily be removed is the best practice so you do not over heat. You want to keep warm without sweating.
  • Have A Plan – Before going at the snow with all that you have, create a plan. You do not want to be moving snow more than you need to. If you park your cars outdoors, clear those off first. Now that the cars are cleared off start working on your walkways, patios and driveways. Try to move the snow the shortest distance possible, start in a central point and shovel to the nearest edge.
  • Maintain Proper Posture – Use your legs as much as possible, push snow and use your legs to lift when you can no longer push. Keep your back straight and keep the shovel close to your upper body. Keep one hand close to the blade for better leverage and remember not to twist when trowing snow.
  • Stay Hydrated & Rest – Listen to your body and take breaks as needed.
  • Maintain Your Shovels – Keep your snow shovels maintained. Loosen tight handles, fix crooked blades and shave down uneven plastic edges. Having a proper shovel makes all the difference.