Archive for December, 2009

Snow Removal Tips for Durango, Colorado. What to do before it snows.

Durango, Colorado received up to fifteen inches of snow in the last few days, covering everything that is outdoors. This includes old newspapers, rags, brooms, pieces of carpet, dog toys, piled leaves, etc.  All of these items are not appropriate for consumption by a snowblower.  Not only does it take a long time to clear debris from the machine, they may actually break the shear pins that hold the rotor in place.  This requires repairs and prevents you from completing the task at hand.

Gardenhart Landscape & Design recommends when the first snow event of the season is close, take a moment to walk around your property and pick up things which may be in the way of snow removal operations, this will save me time and you money.  We all want to make the most of both of those resources.  Durango, Colorado  only gets several snowstorms like this each year that require snow removal and we at Gardenhart Landscape & Design try to make it as painless as possible.  For more information about Gardenhart Landscape and design, go to our website at

Another tip is to put up markers to indicate  edges of  driveways, walkways, sprinklers, water main lines or other important items you may need a snow removal expert to be aware of, so as not to break or damage those items.  If you plan to have someone else remove your snow, it would be a great idea for them to come out before it snows, so that your landscape is the best protected and the contractor can see any delicate items.

If you would like more information or need some snow removed call DavidHart at Gardenhart Landscape & Design, 970749-1555 or email at


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Gardenhart Landscape & Design Sustainable Snow Removal Suggestions for Durango Colorado

Snow has arrived in Durango, Colorado this morning and it looks like it will continue for several days. These are the types of storms that require diligent snow removal and often tire out the average homeowner. Gardenhart purchased a large snow blower last fall and was able to keep many of its clients driveways and sidewalks clear and safe for pedestrians last year.

Snow removal  is a chore that does not always provide satisfaction,  like planting a new tree. You work for an hour shoveling the drive, only to have it covered again in the morning. Durango is known to have back to back storms that can deliver significant snowfall over several days.  So it is best to keep on top of shoveling before significant accumulations make it icy, thick and difficult to move.

Gardenhart Landscape & Design uses a snowblower, not a plow on their truck for several reasons. First, it is much more suited to driveways and sidewalks than a plow. Plows are  efficient for roads and parking lots, not smaller areas.  Another reason is that it blows the snow away from the area being cleared,  instead of piling it up at the edges. It also tends to do less damage to adjacent plants and sprinkler systems.

So,  give Gardenhart Landscape & Design a call at 970-749-1555 if you find yourself getting behind in the snow removal chore, we would be happy to help dig you out!  Find out more information about Gardenhart at and on Facebook for more sustainable landscaping tips.

Gardenhart Landscape & Design Owner David Hart using his Snow Blower

David Hart of Gardenhart Landscape & Design helps remove snow in Durango Colorado

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