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What to Expect During a Winter Event

Published on October 30, 2018

There are many different methods to take on the challenge of winter, and here at Gelderman Landscape Services, we’ve been honing our response for 60+ years.

The unpredictability of the winter season is one of the biggest challenges that a snow removal company faces. Gelderman Landscape Services takes on a snow event in 4 stages:

1. Monitoring

Our team of snow managers is continually monitoring the weather, and sending out patrols when there is inclement weather in the forecast. Patrols drive through properties tracking snow accumulation and icy conditions and report back to their managers who are reviewing the storm system and putting a plan in place.

2. Maintaining

In the case of a longer event, managers will dispatch our crews to sites during precipitation. You may see a crew come to your property and not completely clear your sidewalks or throughways, and not even touch your driveway! Gelderman's crews will cycle through sites, focusing on opening throughways, creating paths on sidewalks and maintaining emergency accesses.

3. Clearing

Once precipitation has stopped, the crews will continue through the properties and clear walkways, throughways, any accessible driveways and visitor parking areas. Gelderman communicates which areas of a site our crews are responsible for clearing via a “snow map.” This map has been shared with a property representative before the winter season and indicates which areas of the property Gelderman is responsible for clearing.

4. Final Clean Up

The event cleanup usually happens within 24 hours of the storm moving through, and includes final touch-ups and a quality check by one of our snow managers. Sometimes, where we have agreed to pile snow doesn’t work out due to a blockage or even just too much snow. At these times, our crew leaders will use their discretion and pile the snow in another area. In this case, the snow will need to be relocated during event clean up. Any snow relocations that have been requested by the property are also done as part of the final event clean up.

Throughout an extended event, this process may return to steps 1, 2 & 3 multiple times before the final clean up can be done. The challenge our snow team faces is making the appropriate decisions based on the current and forecasted conditions.

Thank you to all our customers for trusting Gelderman to care for your property this winter!

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Fall Reboot

Published on October 10, 2018

Gelderman gathered as a company for a Fall Reboot last week.

It has become a tradition to come together every spring for a kickoff into the summer. This is a good time to switch gears from snow to start thinking about the excitement the warm weather brings. This year, we decided to look into winter with the same perspective.

As a company, we were able to sit together over coffee, tea and treats to reflect over the last season, and all the ups and downs (what a tough spring that was!). Over the summer, we have said goodbye to some of our team and welcomed others into the fold. Now, fall has arrived, and things are finally starting to fall into place, but we all need to be looking forward.

Suzanne Conroy, from LIVE IT Leadership, was able to join us for the morning to talk about leadership. We looked at the professional wheel of life, and determined that nobody's wheel is perfectly round! There is always work to do to straighten out the wheel and make life and work move a little more smoothly.

We saw through optical illusions, that sometimes we don't always see the big picture, and other people notice things that as individuals we miss. What do you see in the picture on the slide? In small groups, we came up with a list of qualities that described the perfect Gelderman employee. Qualities were mentioned like:

  • Reliable
  • Respectful
  • Willing (to learn, to teach, to adopt change)
  • Accountable
  • Fun

(Does that sound like you? Check out current openings here! We'd love to hear from you.)

A big THANK YOU to all the Gelderman staff for being willing to contribute, encourage and make each other better.

Winter is heading our way, and with it, a lot of opportunities!

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Salt Update: Stocking Up!

Published on September 14, 2018

Our First Salt Delivery Came Yesterday!

As mentioned in the post earlier this week, Gelderman is working to secure a salt supply to prepare for the coming winter season, and our first load came to our Guelph yard yesterday!

Click through to see some pictures of the salt delivery on the beautiful warm summer day

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Preparing for a Salt Shortage

Published on September 10, 2018

Winter 2018/2019 Salt Shortage

Over the last few months, Gelderman has been in conversation with our salt suppliers discussing the potential of a salt shortage this winter. This is no longer only a potential, but an inevitability that everyone needs to be planning for.

Draglam Salt has released a news item detailing the reasons behind this shortage and their plans to secure salt from unconventional places. As a result, we will be seeing different types of salt, and an increase in cost throughout this winter. In a press release from Landscape Ontario property owners and managers are encouraged to work together during this shortage.

Gelderman is working to secure salt supply now so we are prepared when the snow flies in a few months. This winter will mark a change in habits related to salt. While salting is necessary for safety, cautious use throughout the season will be the only way to manage the supply and cost as we work through the winter together. We will also be continuing use of our Anti-Icing program by use of our liquid brine sprayer.

Thank you to all of our customers for your continued business, we look forward to working with you again this winter!

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