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Where's Willy?

Published on October 16, 2017

Willy has been touring around near our branches taking in the beautiful fall weather and stretching his wheels before he’s tucked away for the winter.

Have you seen Willy in your neighborhood? Send us a picture of your sighting for a chance to win a $25 gift card of your choosing!

Terms: Current employees not eligible to enter. One entry per day unless the photo is from two different places. Contest closes October 31, 2017. Draw for the winner will be made November 1, 2017. Gift card choice can be made by the winner at that time.

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Where's Willy?

Published on October 16, 2017

Willy has been touring around near our branches taking in the beautiful fall weather and stretching his wheels before he’s tucked away for the winter.

Have you seen Willy in your neighborhood? Send us a picture of your sighting for a chance to win a $25 gift card of your choosing!

Terms: Current employees not eligible to enter. One entry per day unless the photo is from two different places. Contest closes October 31, 2017. Draw for the winner will be made November 1, 2017. Gift card choice can be made by the winner at that time.

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It's A Jeep Thing

Published on September 29, 2017

The beginning of this week felt like the middle of summer, a nice send-off into the autumn ahead!

Working in the heat all day our crews in Guelph returned to the yard on Monday afternoon for a BBQ, courtesy of Chef Jeff (Branch Manager in Guelph).

We had some extra visitors at this gathering, with Grant, Deborah, Fred, Andrew, and Nathan joining the party. These BBQ’s are an enjoyable time to kick back together as a team and connect with team members we don’t spend as much time with. It’s a good time to get to know one another and also understand the different perspectives that each role brings to the table when it comes to caring for our customers.

That afternoon also served as a time to say goodbye to one of our own. We celebrated with Heather and wished her well in her future with cake & ice cream.

The highlight of this month’s BBQ was that the Jeep Willy made its way down to Guelph! Nathan took advantage of the beautiful day to tour up north in the radio free, non-airconditioned mascot of Gelderman. There were three jeeps in the parking lot that afternoon!

As a company, we're starting to switch gears as the cooler weather moves in and we're always thinking toward the future. It look's bright!

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De-Icing? Anti-Icing? The Future Of Snow

Published on September 29, 2017

Gelderman Landscape Services is excited to announce that we will be using anti-icing in the Mississauga area this coming winter.

Winter snow & ice control can be classified into 3 different categories. Each of these controls is beneficial in a snow & ice management strategy, and by monitoring weather conditions closely and being aware of the strengths of each method, we are able to use each control effectively.

Snow Removal Snow removal includes the manual removal of snow and ice buildup from walkways and throughways. This is done using a shovel, snow blower, plow, etc. This is likely one of the first things you think of when you consider winter property maintenance and is a huge part of Gelderman’s snow management strategy.

De-icing De-icing is the most common approach to ice control. It is applied once snow or ice has bonded to the surface of the road or walkway. The material works from the top down to penetrate through the ice and snow and remove its bond to the pavement to allow for shoveling or plowing. Most often applies during or after an event, the hard salt also creates friction on icy areas when applied to make for safer passage.

Anti-Icing By monitoring the forecast, radar, current air temperature and pavement temperature we will apply this liquid salt brine approximately 48 hours prior to a snow event. This solution is applied directly to the pavement and works from the bottom up to prevent ice and snow from bonding to throughways and walkways. By adding this more environmentally friendly tool to Gelderman’s snow removal toolbox, we will be able to reduce salt related damage to our customer’s properties.

We chose to use the SnowEx Liqui-Maxx sprayer for our purposes. Check out their website for details!

De-icing and anti-icing both have their place in a successful snow management strategy, and we won’t see one replace the other anytime soon. We seek to be proactive in our communication throughout the winter, and adding a liquid brine sprayer to our fleet also gives the opportunity to be even more proactive in our service.

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