Three Cost-Effective Ways to Keep Your Driveway and Sidewalks Free...

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Slip and fall accidents increase during the winter months, but there are steps you can take to protect your friends, family members and co-workers. You don’t have to do any excessive manual labor or spend a fortune either. Here are three cost-effective and easy suggestions to melt ice and increase traction underfoot.

1.) Cat litter. If you already have a cat this one’s really easy. Most types of litter (except for those made from pine or newspaper) come in tiny, grain-sized pieces. Clay and crystal litter are particularly good solutions. Simply open the bag and spread it out on all paved areas, including sidewalks, your driveway and stairwells. Repeat this process as necessary.

2.) Sand. Do your kids have a sandbox? They won’t be using it with snow on the ground, so repurpose it. No sandbox? No problem. Hop on Craigslist and look at the free section for your city. Oftentimes, landscaping and construction companies have excess sand or gravel they want to get rid of. All you need is a truck, or a few buckets, to go pick it up with.

3.) Sodium chloride. Sodium chloride, or rock salt, is probably the most popular de-icing solution. Big box retailers have bulk quantities you can purchase for under $15 dollars. You might be able to find leftover or excess rock salt on Craigslist as well.

If you’re worried about a mess, or simply too busy to handle ice removal yourself, count on us to get the job done. At Lawn Butler, we regularly work with businesses and homeowners to keep their properties safe and free of ice and snow all winter long.

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