Check For Flower And Concrete Damage Winter May Have Left Behind

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Now that winter is ending, it is time to head outside and see how much damage old man winter has done to your home.  No matter how well you are prepared, if you live in an area that has a blanket of snow on the ground for much of the winter, you may find things in need of repair.

Concrete

Unless you constantly kept snow and ice off your driveway, it could be damaged. If you used a metal shovel instead of a plastic one to remove the snow from your driveway, it damages the surface by putting large scratches in it that could lead to cracks. The freeze-thaw cycle does the most damage. For example, when you pour salt over the concrete it melts the ice, and the salt gets into the pores in the concrete. When the temperatures start to drop again below freezing, the salt expands in the pores causing damage.

Inspect your concrete for any large scratches or cracks. If you notice anything, you should contact a concrete contractor, like Southern Concrete Raising Inc., to repair it for you now. If you do not, the cracks will only get larger over time, and result in a much higher repair bill.

Perennial Flowers

If you have perennial flowers, you should check them for damage if you did not protect them from old man winter. When there is a lot of snow on the ground and it melts when the temperatures get well above freezing, the flowers are saturated with water. When the weather gets down to freezing again, this water freezes below the surface. When this happens, oxygen cannot get to the roots, which will eventually kill them.

When the soil repeatedly freezes and thaws throughout the winter, this can cause frost heaving. This is when the soil pushes the crown of the plan above the soil. When this happens, the roots will eventually die.

Walk through your flower gardens, and if you see any of your perennials lying dead on the surface, remove them now. Walk through your flowerbed and remove any debris. Add a couple of inches of compost to the soil and mix it in to give your flowers some nutrients to help them emerge from the soil.

Once your concrete is repaired, ask the concrete contractor to put a sealant on it. This not only makes your concrete look nice, but it protects it from cracking, flaking, and from spills.

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