I know what you are thinking, ……. SNOW?? …….. really………………
It hit over 90 degrees earlier today so what better way to mentally cool down a bit, other than to talk snow.
Seriously, we are entering “snow mode” here at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. We are meeting with clients, going over equipment, ordering ice melt materials and preparing our team for another fantastic winter season.
We are forever finding new and creative ways to perform our work safer, more efficiently and adding increased value for our client.
Please feel free to contact us with any snow removal and/or ice control related question you may have. We would love to help you find the very best solution to your snow and ice challenge.
When clearing snow from difficult to access or “obstruction-rich” areas, there are only a few ways to get the job done. Of course, melting snow is fine when minimal accumulation occurs. Just apply salt or any other suitable ice melt material and wait for clear pavement to happen. But, when snow falls fast and accumulation is rapid, physical removal is the only way to gain control of the targeted area.
When snow blowers, plows, rotating brooms, etc. simply cannot fit or reach the area in need of service, a snow shovel becomes the only option available. A well built snow shovelPLUS the will and ability to use it, is the most important snow removal tool a contractor or self-performing property owner can have.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any snow, lawn or landscape management service request you may have. We look forward to hearing from you and stand ready to help anyway we can. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!
When applying bagged ice melt materials to sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, etc., it is very likely that at some point along the way, once a store bought plastic bag of salt is opened, you will have unused material leftover. Since bagged ice melt material is expensive, it is very prudent to do what you can to save the unused ice melt material in a manner so it can be used at a later date. Simply rolling closed the open plastic bag is a crapshoot at best. If the contents are allowed to become wet or even draw moisture from the air (hygroscopic materials – calcium chloride in particular), it will harden, clump and become nearly impossible to apply in an effective manner.
Beyond storing unused ice melt material at the end of a winter weather event, keep a few additional covered buckets pre-loaded and ready to go before the storm arrives. A bucket of salt is so much easier to handle than a clumsy, wet or sometimes snow covered plastic bag.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any snow and ice related service you may require. We appreciate the opportunity and look forward to being of assistance to you. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!
We take our residential snow removal service very seriously!
We are asked many times over the course of a given month if we do residential snow removal. Our answer is, but of course we do! Not only do we perform residential snow removal, but we treat it with the same importance and level of care as we would any commercial site we are servicing.
Our residential snow removal service begins at 1″ of accumulation.
Our residential, commercial and industrial snow removal service routes are each capped at 6 hours in length (based on 4″+/- of snow accumulation). This limited route approach helps us return to your property to clear additional accumulated snow in a timely manner, even during the worst winter storm.
We clear snow from sidewalks, stairs and patios! Whether by shovel, broom or snow blower, we are willing and able to clear your non-plow vehicle accessible areas manually if needed.
Our existing seasonal lawn and landscape management clients have first choice when new snow route availability becomes available.
We offer per-occurrence and limited package pricing plans for our seasonally contracted residential snow removal services.
Winter service agreements extend from November 1st through April 1st. (unless specified/requested otherwise).
We offer the seasonal installation of fiberglass snow plow stakes (48″ long) to help prevent accidental plow contact with snow covered obstacles (retaining walls, landscape lighting, delicate plant materials, etc.)
We take great pride in our 25 plus years experience in the snow removal industry and are very fortunate to have served many great clients along the way, many of which we still proudly service today.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any snow removal question you may have. We would love to hear from you and look forward to being of service any way we can. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!
The goal of any snow removal service arrangement is to have snow-free pavement at your property whenever the need arises. Ideally, snow removal should be accomplished via an on-going approach, as snow accumulates, working with the storm until finished. In our local Chicagoland area, snow removal services can either be purchased individually (on-demand) or more commonly, by the season (contract agreement).
On-Demand Snow Plowing = A snow removal service in which no long-term agreement is necessary. Service is performed on very short notice and upon client request (only). Substantial time commitment is required by client to continue/manage such a service and results can be sporadic at best. Service pricing fluctuates (usually accumulation and/or resource availability dependent) and accidental property damage is likely due to less than desirable property awareness (ever changing/non-dedicated service providers, lack site specific snow removal/relocation knowledge, ignorant of past client special requests, unaware of snow covered obstacles, etc).
Contracted Seasonal Snow Management Service = A snow removal service that revolves around a formal written seasonal service agreement. A long term detailed arrangement that normally includes any/all services needed, all winter long and for a flat price (unless specified otherwise). Minimal client involvement is required after service begins. On-going performance continually improves based on site familiarity, use of specialized equipment and dedicated man-power assigned to the site.
Here are a few leading questions that may help you determine which snow removal service (on-demand or seasonal) is best for you?
1). Do you wish to personally manage any/all snow removal services performed at your property? ………. if yes, an On-Demand service may be perfect for you!
2). Do you wish to self-perform a portion of the needed snow removal services at your property? As an example, you would like to personally handle any/all snow removal services needed at your property that are less than 6″ of total accumulation. …….. if this limited service approach describes your situation well, an On-Demand service would best suit your needs.
3). Do you wish you lived in Florida and did not have to deal with snow? A Seasonal Snow Management Service is perfect for you!
4). Do you lead a busy life and snow removal is the last thing you want to think about? Find a reliable and positive snow removal company and never worry about snow removal again. A seasonal snow management arrangement was made for you!
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any seasonal snow removal request you may have. We greatly appreciate the opportunity and thank you for visiting our site. Have a great day!
Whenever our company considers servicing a new property for snow and ice management, we first determine what type of ice melt material will be required to properly service the site. To be more precise, will the ice melt material needed be packaged in 50 pound bags or will it be in bulk form.
Generally speaking, larger paved parking lot areas will be serviced using bulk material whenever possible. Bulk ice melt material requires suitable dry storage (short/long term, on/off-site, etc.), dedicated wheeled bucket loader and specialized truck mounted bulk material spreader powered by either hydraulic pump, gas engine or electric motor. There is no doubt that bulk salt requires a large investment in material handling equipment and proper storage, but once setup, bulk salt can be efficiently spread over large areas to quickly achieve the final outcome desired.
Sidewalks, driveways, small parking areas, etc. are generally serviced by spreading a suitable non-clumping bagged ice melt material using small pickup truck mounted tailgate spreaders, walk behind rotary or drop spreaders (manually pushed or propelled by gas engine power) or even spread by hand in glove, pulled directly out of a 5 gallon bucket, to complete the targeted application required.
BULK ICE MELT MATERIAL
Pound-for-pound, the price of delivered bulk material is less expensive than it’s bagged material equivalent.
Available in large semi-truck quantities (20-22 tons per delivered load).
Can apply over large open areas quickly and efficiently.
Requires expensive equipment to move and load material.
Requires storage in a large dry dedicated bin or steel container to prevent material loss/run-off.
Prone to bulk salt material shortages (limited or non-existent local area supply) during on-going heavy winter weather seasons.
Price-per-ton of bulk salt increases rapidly (25% > 75%+/-) when material shortages are anticipated or finally realized.
BAGGED ICE MELT MATERIAL
Available to purchase in very small quantities (50 pound bag).
Plastic bag packaging keeps material dry and clump-free.
Bags delivered neatly stacked on a wood pallet (49-55 bags per pallet) and wrapped in plastic.
Less prone to material clumping or hardening if plastic bag packaging remains sealed.
Even during times of bulk salt shortages, bagged ice melt material generally remains available for purchase albeit at a higher price.
Amount of ice melt material used can be accurately quantified on a job-by-job basis.
Material remains dry until bags are opened to fill spreader at time of application.
Can stack and store pallets of bagged material indefinitely and without loss as long as material remains dry.
More expensive than bulk material equivalent.
Additional labor required to repeatedly lift, open and pour sealed bags into spreading equipment.
Need to dispose of discarded plastic bag packaging and wood shipping pallets.
Please contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. to discuss snow and ice management services needed at your local Chicagoland area property. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!
From time to time, I just stop, look around at my winter surroundings, and consider myself very fortunate to be involved in an industry that is so challenging (on both the body and mind) yet rewarding all the same.
Over the last 25 plus years I have learned much, had the opportunity to service great clients and work with super-talented people in extreme winter conditions that most people try to avoid. Through it all, I remain humble and ready to serve those that count on us to clear their properties of snow and ice. Since “Old Man Winter” is normally in control as to when our services are needed, we just do what we can to follow as closely behind as possible 🙂 .
A way of life for sure, but I would have it no other way!!
Please consider Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. to service your long term snow and ice removal needs. We would love to help any way we can. Thank you for visiting our site and we wish you nothing but the best for this 2018-19 winter season and beyond!
It seems that accumulating snow is happening earlier and earlier in the fall season here in the northern Illinois Chicago area. Over the last 20 years, we were considered “lucky” (from a plow contractor’s perspective 🙂 ) to get accumulating snow as early as mid-to-late December, but the last few winters have proven otherwise.
From our company’s point of view, accumulating snow in November is now to be expected. Even though snow and ice service planning, operational improvement and efficient route creation never stops and truly happens year round, being fully operational and ready to successfully service our clients properties on November 1st. is now the rule, not the exception.
After spending the last 25 years in the business of commercial snow removal, even to this day, we continue to learn and find new ways to tweak our operational techniques and further improve the level of service we provide for our clients. Here are 3 readily available resources that if used, will help a snow removal contractor increase efficiency, improve quality and ideally, stay a few steps ahead of the storm.
1). Skid-Steer Loader: Very reliable, extra maneuverable and can clear a lot of snow in a hurry! Regardless of the brand of skid-steer (Bobcat, Cat, New Holland, etc.), these machines run on either wheels or tracks and can quickly attach to just about any snow removal attachment ever created (universal attachment mounting plate used across all manufacturer’s machines). Couple a sectional containment plow/snow pusher (8′ to 12′ wide) to a highly maneuverable piece of equipment like a skid-steer loader and you have a winning combination for just about any snow clearing operation!
2). Industrial Snow Pusher Shovel: Simple, durable and excellent scraping ability. These “Snow Plow/Snow Pusher” shovels are constructed almost entirely of polyethylene/fiberglass and perform flawlessly! With only a minimal initial investment ($25-$80 each), these snow shovels come in a variety of sizes ranging from 12″ to 48″ wide and can be easily refurbished (if ever needed) with parts available direct from the manufacturer. These shovels are especially great for clearing snow from somewhat delicate surfaces that are prone to scratching and damage from normal steel edged snow shovels (wood decks, brick pavement, stone, outdoor carpet, stamped concrete, etc.).
3). Mobile Storage Containers: Large or small sizes readily available, own or rent, super secure and can be delivered just about anywhere.These strategically placed, on-site, all steel containers have truly revolutionized the way ice melt materials (bagged and bulk) and snow removal equipment can be stored, secured and maintained to achieve a constant state of readiness.
Please be sure to contact our team at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any snow and ice management service need you may have. We remain ready and able to assist any way we can. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!
Being a contractor in the landscape and snow industry means you have the honor of working with fantastic people, spend your days in the great outdoors and are surrounded by, and rely heavily on equipment. Whether complex vehicles or simple machines, the need for work producing equipment in the contracting industry is just about mandatory.
In my opinion, an aspiring contractor today must strive to continually learn (at the very least) the “inner-workings” of the various pieces of equipment used daily so that a reliable and cost-effective service can be consistently delivered to it’s customer.
If you happen to be interested in how plants grow and keeping machinery in great running condition, take a look at the landscape and snow management industry as a career.
You will never have a dull work day ever again!
Thank you for visiting our site and as always, please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for all your lawn, landscape and snow management needs. Have a great day!
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