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Groundhog Results! Groundhog’s Day – February 2nd, 2017

Welp…. The results are in.

Did the groundhog see his shadow?

Groundhog's day results

According to Punxsutawney Phil…

Groundhog's Day results

Groundhog's Day Results

THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME!!!

He has definitely seen his shadow.

Groundhog's Day Results

Sorry folks… Six more weeks of winter.

Groundhog's day facts

But don’t let that get you down. We got you covered on how to deal with the winter blues… more importantly, snow.

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Presented By:

New Year's Eve 2017 in New Jersey

Deborah Kerr

Keller Williams Elite, Realtors

Office: 732-549-1998

Cell: 732-910-1682

Email: debkerr@kw.com

Website: debkerr.com

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Groundhog's Day Facts

Groundhog’s Day – February 2nd – Groundhog Facts

Groundhog's Day Facts

Well, it’s February 2nd, yet again. So you know what that means,

IT’S GROUNDHOG’S DAY!!!

Groundhog's Day Facts

Now most of us are familiar with certain elements of groundhog’s day, like Punxsutawney Phil, Staten Island Chuck, that if they see their shadow it means six more weeks of winter, and it’s a pretty great Bill Murray movie.

But here are some other, less known facts you may not know about the Groundhog and his special day.

Groundhog's day Facts

  • The first Punxsutawney Phil began predicting on February 2nd, 1887. Though started earlier by Pennsylvania Germans much earlier in the 1800’s, the first official “shadow search” began in 1887 and hasn’t missed a year since.
  • Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous of all the groundhogs, is correct about his weather predictions about 38% of the time, seeing his shadow (meaning 6 more weeks of winter) about 85% of the time.
  • Groundhogs are a member of the squirrel family (the largest of said family) and are known to climb and swim very well to avoid predators.
  • Groundhogs are known for borrowing deep into the ground in very elaborate tunnels, including a separate area to use as a bathroom… seriously.
  • Groundhogs are also referred to as woodchucks, whistlepigs, chuck, wood-shock, groundpig, whistler, thickwood badger, Canada marmot, monax, moonack, weenusk, and red monk.

Groundhog's day facts

  • There are a large number of groundhogs that predict the weather, aside from Punxsutawney Phil, there’s Staten Island Chuck, Pothole Pete in New York City,  and Warton Willie in Wiarton, Ontario, Canada.
  • The groundhog lives most of their life alone, socializing with other groundhogs only to mate, but still look out for one and other. They communicate in high pitched shrills to warn other groundhogs of impeding danger
  • Groundhogs are herbivores and survive by eating grass and plants.
  • During birth, they usually spawn around 6 offspring
  • Groundhogs are known to eat a great deal in the summer, fatten up, then hibernate all winter. Around mid October until early spring.

Those are just some fun facts about the Groundhog and the holiday.

Now let’s just pray he sees no shadow.

Groundhog's day facts

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Presented by:

New Year's Eve 2017 in New Jersey

Deborah Kerr

Keller Williams Elite, Realtors

Office: 732-549-1998

Cell: 732-910-1682

Email: debkerr@kw.com

Website: debkerr.com

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Winter Tips: Snow Removal

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

Don’t Be Taken Off-guard, BE PREPARED FOR WINTER!

If you are like us in the Northeast, snow, blizzards, and ice are an unavoidable obstacle in our daily lives between the months of late November and April. But every year, we are reminded how difficult its removal can be, short of buying a snow blower for your walkway or a large decommissioned army tank for your commute to work. Aside from the muscle inducing soreness that comes with the hassle of shoveling, there comes another hardship: damage. So here’s 10 tips that will help you remove those heaps of snow, without inflicting destruction on your property.

  1. Protect Your Plants

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

This is one of those tips that you do before it starts snowing. If you have a flower bed or a garden that you want to avoid looking like a treasure hunt come spring, prior to it snowing, place large metal stakes into the ground, so (unless it’s an absurd amount of snow) you are able to know where to stop digging, without disturbing your plants. If you have large amounts of snow on bigger scrubs in front of your home or along your driveway, experts says “leave it.” If they are loaded with snow, leave them alone, you will tend to do more damage removing snow than if you just didn’t touch them.

2. Be Sure to Use a Snow Melter

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

This is another practice to do before a storm begins. Experts say to use a liquid mix, preferably a Liquid Magnesium Chloride Blend. Use a garden sprayer to apply it to your walkway or driveway prior to the snowfall. This can slowly melt snow up to two inches in accumulations. Wondering how much is enough? Use about one gallon for every 1,000 square feet.

3. Make Sure You Have The Right Shovel

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

We’ve all seen some random shovel or snow pusher on sale at your local “S-Mart” (you know the stores I mean), but keep in mind, just because something is cheap, doesn’t mean it’s a good purchase. “Look for a shovel with a lightweight plastic or aluminum blade coated with a nonstick finish to make loading and unloading a breeze. Avoid a blade so big you’ll be tempted to overload it; an ergonomic, S-shaped shaft will save your back by requiring less bending. Avoid using metal blades on softer materials, such as wooden decking. A pusher—basically a shovel with a C-shaped blade—is handy for clearing lightweight, fluffy snow. ” – via ThisOldHouse.com

4. Don’t Put it Off… It’s Going to Get Worse

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

The right way to shovel, is to shovel and shovel often. EVEN IF IT’S STILL STORMING. The key is to not let the snow to bond with either your properties surface (freezing), also it’s a lot easier to shovel 2 inches 2 or 3 times, than it is to shovel 7 inches, trust me, I know from experience. And don’t leave a layer of snow between the air and the pavement. You want the pavement to show, so the sun can do its natural job and warm it as much as possible, not allowing ice or more snow to form.

5. Be Sure Not To Pile Up The Snow

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

The best thing you can do is avoid having snow near the foundation of your home, SO DON’T HELP IT. It may be out of your way for the time being, but if it’s next to the foundation of your home, that snow can melt, turning it to water, which can easily refreeze. And as we all know from elementary school science class, when water freezes it expands, causing cracks that make your home susceptible to future water damages.

Metuchen Real Estate

Deborah Kerr

Keller Williams Elite, Realtors

Office – 732-549-1998

Cell – 732-910-1682

Email – debkerr@kw.com

Website – debkerr.com

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Winter Tips: Snow Removal

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Winter Tips: Snow Removal

Don’t Get Caught Off Guard! Be Ready for The Winter Storms!

6. Remember: De-Ice Correctly

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

Most people think that just throwing rock salt on it and calling it a day is the way to go after shoveling. Well, though it’s not a terrible plan, rock salt only works when the temperature is above 12 degrees (Fahrenheit). So if it’s less than that, then you’d have better luck putting it on the rim of your margarita. Also, salt can be extremely harsh to plants, scrubs, or grass. ” Two other salts, magnesium chloride and calcium chloride, cost more but are less harsh (though still not great for plants) and work at much lower temps than rock salt (from 20 to 25 degrees below zero F). Still pricier is a nonsalt option called urea. It’s usually used as a fertilizer, and it can be a little tough to find. Wear gloves when spreading any deicer by hand. For large areas, use a handheld spreader or a push spreader, but not a grass spreader (the deicing granules will gunk up its gears). Store deicers off the floor or in a sealed bucket to keep them dry.” – via ThisOldHouse.com

7. Watch Your Step, Avoid Black Ice

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

This may seem like the most obvious advice, but in the throws of battling the snow, it is easy to forget. Be careful on places like your stairs and make sure your sidewalk is clear from black ice, no one likes a lawsuit. Use sand or kitty litter (also a good tip for your tires to gain traction in the slip of the snow, also, in a pitch, if you have no sand or kitty litter in your car and you are stuck somewhere, release your inner MacGyver, and use your car’s floor mat, place it behind your tire and back up on to it, just don’t forget it in the snow). For best sand, use sandbox sand over mason’s sand, as sandbox sand is far courser and will yield the best results. But if you want to avoid lawn destruction, use alfalfa meal, which is a slow acting fertilizer.

8. GET IT OUT OF HERE!

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

Though this isn’t the most viable option for all of us, if you have the means, use a snowblower. There is no better weapon to use against the onslaught of weather, especially if the snow reaches 11 1/2 inches or more.  Use silicone(spray) on the outshoot of the machine, to keep it from sticking and piling up, furniture polish also works wonders on this. After your finished, let it run for another 10-15 minutes so the snowblower can dry itself off. Your back will thank you in the morning.

9. When Shoveling, move in the same Direction

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

When shoveling, nothing takes more abuse than your back. Avoid twisting, and shovel and unload in the same direction. Push it in the same direction you aim to dump it. Also avoid getting plowed in by using this simple trick:

See more: https://youtu.be/8Bm7mJxJOSU

10. Pay Someone Else to Do It

Winter Tips: Snow Removal

Listen, no one wants to shovel snow. If you have the means, hire a kid in the neighborhood to do it, or guilt a relative into doing it. Call in favors, Christmas gifts, Wedding presents, whatever it is you have to do to avoid doing it yourself. If a kid is ambitious enough he’ll ask you before you have to ask them, personally, I know I used to do this as a pre-adolescent youth, totally worth it.

By Dan Farley 

More Snow Hacks:

Metuchen Real Estate

Metuchen Real Estate

Deborah Kerr

Keller Williams Elite, Realtors

Office – 732-549-1998

Cell – 732-910-1682

Email – debkerr@kw.com

Website – debkerr.com

Metuchen Real Estate

New Year's Eve 2017 in New Jersey

New Year’s Eve 2017 in New Jersey – Jersey Shore

New Year’s Eve 2017 in New Jersey

New Year's Eve 2017 in New Jersey

Jersey Shore

(Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean, and Monmouth Counties)



Seaside Heights Boardwalk

800 Ocean Terrace 
Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Mark your calendar for New Year’s Eve and a family celebration with local businesses along the Boardwalk. Fun and games for the entire family! Fireworks at 5:00 pm. Seaside Heights Boardwalk Website


The Flanders Hotel

719 E 11th Street

Ocean City, NJ 08826

Price: $15-$35

4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

New Year’s Eve Dinner: $34.95 per person. Children under 12 $14.95. Flanders Hotel Website


Union Park

727 Beach Ave
Cape May, NJ 08204
Price: $69.00-$115.00

4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

4:00–5:45 $69 , 6:00–7:45 $95, 8:00–10:00 $115. Credit card required for all reservations. Call 609-884-8811 Union Park Website


Gymnasium

4501 Park Road
Sea Isle City, NJ 08243

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The celebration allows kids to ring-in the New Year at a reasonable hour. The event features food, dancing, family activities, entertainment and an early countdown to midnight at 7pm. Call 609-263-0050 to reserve a spot. Gymnasium Website


New Year's Eve 2017 in New Jersey


Johnny’s Cafe & Bar

9407 Ventnor Ave
Margate City, NJ 08402

4:00 pm – 12:30 am

Ring in 2016 at Johnny’s – Offers 2 ways to ring in the New Year. Dine from 4pm to 6pm or Celebrate at the New Year’s Eve Party. Reservations are recommended. Johnny’s Cafe & Bar Website


Renault Winery

72 N Bremen Ave
Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215

5:00 pm – 12:00 am

Celebrate New Years Eve with Renault Winery! With dinner reservations starting at 5pm and the celebration beginning at 8 how could you go wrong? Renault Winery Website


iPlay America

110 Schanck Rd.
Freehold, NJ 07728
Price: $40-$50

7:30 pm – 12:30 am

Unlimited Rides and Attractions, Party Favors, Confetti Canons, Cocktails, Watch the Ball drop on Huge Screens and More! iPlay America Website


New Year's Eve 2017 in New Jersey


VFW Post No 220

Boogie Bash 2017
1209 NJ-50
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Price $25.00

8:00 pm – 1:00 am

Stop the Heroin presents Boogie Bash 2017: a groovy way to ring in the New Year! Dress in your best 70’s themed attire! There will be a prize for the best outfit. Website for Boogie Bash 2017


Bar-A Beach Bar NYE Bash

Bar Anticipation  Beach Bar
703 19th Avenue
Bel Mar, NJ 07719
Price: $40-$55

8:00 pm – 1:00 am

Two-Hour Open Bar (8 – 10 pm), Party Favors, Delicious Hot and Cold Buffet, Free Transportation to and from Your Home (limited availability, must call in advance to set up), and midnight Champagne Toast Bar Anticipation Website


New Year’s Eve Bash @ The Pool After Dark

Harrah’s
777 Harrah’s Blvd.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Price: $65.00

8:00 pm – 4:00 am

Doors open at 8pm. DJs, Party Favors, Open Bar 9-11pm and Champagne Toast at midnight. This is a 21 and over event. Pool After Dark Website



Midnight At the Vue NYE Celebration

The Claridge Hotel
123 S. Indiana Ave
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Price $59

9:00 pm – 12:30 am

The celebration commences at 9pm with a 2 hour open bar until 11pm. The live DJ will heat up the night with all the greatest hits. Count down to midnightlive with a complimentary champagne toast! Midnight at the Vue Website


New Year's Eve 2017 in New Jersey


Berkley Ocean Front Hotel

New Year’s Eve Gala
1401 Ocean Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Price: $150-$165
9:00 pm – 1:00 am

The evening includes Passed hors d’oeuvres, Strolling dinner, Open bar, DJ/dancing, Dealer manned casino games with fun money, Chances to win prizes and more! Cocktail Attire. Proceeds benefit Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary. New Year’s Eve Gala Website


House of Independents

NYE N.Y.C. Underground Classics Party
572 Cookman Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Price: $30-$75.00

9:00 pm – 12:30 am

Underground Classics Party with Louie Devito: Dance/Electronic/Dance. NYE N.Y.C. Website



Crab’s Claw Inn

NYE Party at the Crab’s Claw Inn
601 Grand Central Ave
Lavallette, NJ 08735

10:00 pm – 3:00 am

10pm-3am. Hats, Horns, Noisemakers, Complimentary Champagne Toast and early morning Complimentary Buffet! Crab’s Claw Inn Website


New Year's Eve 2017 in New Jersey


Grand Arcade

300 Ocean Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
10pm-1:30am
Admission includes an open bar from 10 PM to 1:30 AM, hors d’oeuvres all evening, and a champagne toast. Guests are encouraged to dress to impress. DJs Atom Worth, Foggy Notion, and Mike Merrell will be spinning all night long.
Guests now have the opportunity to purchase a V.I.P. experience for this event, which includes balcony seating over the festivities, a private lounge, premium food and champagne toast package, and private servers. A limited number of individual tickets for this his ultimate upscale evening are available for $200* each, and tickets for VIP groups of ten or more are $175* per person. Designated Driver tickets are only $35 per person.
For a safe and extended Holiday celebration, book an overnight stay across the street at the Berkely Oceanfront Hotel Grand Arcade Website


Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club

518 Arnold Ave.
Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ  08742
732-899-3900
Featuring a live performance by comedian Joseph Anthony.
BYOB – Dinner & Show – Gen admission Uncle Vinnie’s Website


The Ocean Place Hotel

New Year’s Eve Bash with Vic Di Bitetto
1 Ocean Blvd
Long Branch, NJ 07740
Price: $159.87

Party starts at 8:30pm with open seating of tables of 10’s & 12’s only, so fill a table or make new friends that evening!! The 3 course meal starts with Fresh Mozzarella & Vine Ripe Tomatoes w/ Olives, Artichokes & Balsamic, the main course will be a plated Chicken or Vegetarian option, served w/ Chef’s Choice of Starch & Vegetables, to finish off the meal will be a plated NY Cheesecake w/ Fresh Strawberries!! There will be an unlimited Beer, Wine and Soda throughout the 4 hours topped with a Champagne Toast led by none other than Vic Di Betetto. New Year’s Eve Party accessories will add to the evening but no noisemakers to interrupt the show. Ocean Place Hotel and Spa Website


New Year's Eve 2017 in New Jersey


Pascal & Sabine

601 Bangs Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Pascal & Sabine is offering a three-course New Year’s Eve prix-fixe dinner for $75 with live music. Menu choices include French-inspired dishes seared foie gras, coq au vin, steak au poivre and duck duo. Dessert options include a warm tart tatin, crème brûlée, poire en croûte and more. Guests also are invited to indulge in caviar options throughout their dinner. The restaurant also will host an extended brunch from noon to 10 p.m. New Year’s Day. DRINKS: Indulge in a beverage from the espresso bar for an additional cost, according to a news release. ATTEND: Pascal & Sabine is at 601 Bangs Ave. in Asbury Park. For more information, call 732-774-3395 Pascal Website


Porta

911 Kingsley St

Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Pizza fans can feast on the good stuff here until 2 a.m. Porta also will waive their admission cover, starting at 10 p.m., and transform into their nightclub-like atmosphere, with live performances by DJs Atom Worth and Za, according to a news release. DRINKS: A 6 p.m. Prosecco toast will take place to ring in the Italian New Year, according to the release. For more information, call 732-776-7661 Porta Website


Savor Lounge

411 Boulevard

Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

Price: $90-$125

Savor Lounge will be hosting its New Year’s Eve “Social Gala” at 8 p.m. Dec. 31. For $90, guests can enjoy a cocktail style party featuring more than 20 appetizers and small bites, an Italian antipasto grande, a pasta station and desserts. There will even be a “late night snack session” with a selection of after-party “junk foods,” according to a news release. DRINKS: The $90 party includes a Champagne toast at midnight. For $125, guests can indulge in all of the above as well as a premium open bar package until midnight. For more information, call 732-793-0021 Savor Lounge Website 




New Year's Eve 2017 in New Jersey


Salt Creek Grille

4 Bingham Ave

Rumson, NJ 07760

Price: $165

4pm – 11pm

Indulge in a very festive menu at the fine Rumson eatery by executive chef Bob Belt.A la carte dining will take place in the main dining room from 4 to 11 p.m. (3 to 11 p.m. in the bar and lounge). An all-inclusive event, priced at $165, will run 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., with doors opening at 8:30 p.m. The party, which will take place in the festively decorated dining room, will feature dance music by “Affair 2 Remember,” a Champagne toast, a photo booth and party favors. For the all-inclusive festivity, guests can order one starter, salad, entree and dessert off of a special menu. Guests also will be given a $20 reward card to dine at Salt Creek Grille again in the future. Salt Creek Grille, which currently has an exterior holiday light display, also provides guests with plenty of views of the Navesink River. The all-inclusive party will also feature a four-hour open bar. call 732-933-9272. Salt Creek Grille Website



Ama Ristorante at Driftwood in Sea Bright

1485 Ocean Ave.

Sea Bright, NJ 07760

Ama Ristorante at Driftwood Cabana Club will celebrate New Year’s Eve on its second-level porch with special holiday-inspired menus from 5 to 11 p.m. Dishes will be created by executive chef Charles Lesbirel. The restaurant, which provides views of the Atlantic Ocean and Shrewsbury River, also will offer its regular Tuscan-inspired menu. Complimentary valet parking is available. Enjoy items from the boutique wine list as well as some artisan cocktails. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 732-530-9760. Ama at the Driftwood Website 


New Year's Eve 2017 in New Jersey


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Presented By:

New Year's Eve 2017 in New Jersey

Deborah Kerr

Keller Williams Elite, Realtors

Office:  732-549-1998

Cell: 732-910-1682

Email: debkerr@kw.com

Website: debkerr.com

Metuchen Real Estate

Metuchen Real Estate

10 Tips For Snow Removal Page 2

Metuchen Real Estate

6. De-Ice Right

Metuchen Real Estate

Most people think that just throwing rock salt on it and calling it a day is the way to go after shoveling. Well, though it’s not a terrible plan, rock salt only works when the temperature is above 12 degrees (Fahrenheit). So if it’s less than that, then you’d have better luck putting it on the rim of your margarita. Also, salt can be extremely harsh to plants, scrubs, or grass. ” Two other salts, magnesium chloride and calcium chloride, cost more but are less harsh (though still not great for plants) and work at much lower temps than rock salt (from 20 to 25 degrees below zero F). Still pricier is a nonsalt option called urea. It’s usually used as a fertilizer, and it can be a little tough to find. Wear gloves when spreading any deicer by hand. For large areas, use a handheld spreader or a push spreader, but not a grass spreader (the deicing granules will gunk up its gears). Store deicers off the floor or in a sealed bucket to keep them dry.” – via ThisOldHouse.com

7. Avoid Slippery Surfaces

Metuchen Real Estate

This may seem like the most obvious advice, but in the throws of battling the snow, it is easy to forget. Be careful on places like your stairs and make sure your sidewalk is clear from black ice, no one likes a lawsuit. Use sand or kitty litter (also a good tip for your tires to gain traction in the slip of the snow, also, in a pitch, if you have no sand or kitty litter in your car and you are stuck somewhere, release your inner MacGyver, and use your car’s floor mat, place it behind your tire and back up on to it, just don’t forget it in the snow). For best sand, use sandbox sand over mason’s sand, as sandbox sand is far courser and will yield the best results. But if you want to avoid lawn destruction, use alfalfa meal, which is a slow acting fertilizer.

8. Send it Away!

Metuchen Real Estate

Though this isn’t the most viable option for all of us, if you have the means, use a snowblower. There is no better weapon to use against the onslaught of weather, especially if the snow reaches 11 1/2 inches or more.  Use silicone(spray) on the outshoot of the machine, to keep it from sticking and piling up, furniture polish also works wonders on this. After your finished, let it run for another 10-15 minutes so the snowblower can dry itself off. Your back will thank you in the morning.

9. Shovel With The Same Direction

Metuchen Real Estate

When shoveling, nothing takes more abuse than your back. Avoid twisting, and shovel and unload in the same direction. Push it in the same direction you aim to dump it. Also avoid getting plowed in by using this simple trick:

See more: https://youtu.be/8Bm7mJxJOSU

10. Get Someone Else To Do It

Metuchen Real Estate

Listen, no one wants to shovel snow. If you have the means, hire a kid in the neighborhood to do it, or guilt a relative into doing it. Call in favors, Christmas gifts, Wedding presents, whatever it is you have to do to avoid doing it yourself. If a kid is ambitious enough he’ll ask you before you have to ask them, personally, I know I used to do this as a pre-adolescent youth, totally worth it.

By Dan Farley 

More Snow Hacks:

Metuchen Real Estate

Metuchen Real Estate

Deborah Kerr

Keller Williams Elite, Realtors

Office – 732-549-1998

Cell – 732-910-1682

Email – debkerr@kw.com

Website – debkerr.com

Metuchen Real Estate

Metuchen Real Estate

10 Tips for Snow Removal Page 1

Metuchen Real Estate

If you are like us in the Northeast, snow, blizzards, and ice are an unavoidable obstacle in our daily lives between the months of late November and April. But every year, we are reminded how difficult its removal can be, short of buying a snow blower for your walkway or a large decommissioned army tank for your commute to work. Aside from the muscle inducing soreness that comes with the hassle of shoveling, there comes another hardship: damage. So here’s 10 tips that will help you remove those heaps of snow, without inflicting destruction on your property.

  1. Protect Your Plants

Metuchen Real Estate

This is one of those tips that you do before it starts snowing. If you have a flower bed or a garden that you want to avoid looking like a treasure hunt come spring, prior to it snowing, place large metal stakes into the ground, so (unless it’s an absurd amount of snow) you are able to know where to stop digging, without disturbing your plants. If you have large amounts of snow on bigger scrubs in front of your home or along your driveway, experts says “leave it.” If they are loaded with snow, leave them alone, you will tend to do more damage removing snow than if you just didn’t touch them.

2. Use a Snow Melter

Metuchen Real Estate

This is another practice to do before a storm begins. Experts say to use a liquid mix, preferably a Liquid Magnesium Chloride Blend. Use a garden sprayer to apply it to your walkway or driveway prior to the snowfall. This can slowly melt snow up to two inches in accumulations. Wondering how much is enough? Use about one gallon for every 1,000 square feet.

3. Buy The Right Shovel

Metuchen Real Estate

We’ve all seen some random shovel or snow pusher on sale at your local “S-Mart” (you know the stores I mean), but keep in mind, just because something is cheap, doesn’t mean it’s a good purchase. “Look for a shovel with a lightweight plastic or aluminum blade coated with a nonstick finish to make loading and unloading a breeze. Avoid a blade so big you’ll be tempted to overload it; an ergonomic, S-shaped shaft will save your back by requiring less bending. Avoid using metal blades on softer materials, such as wooden decking. A pusher—basically a shovel with a C-shaped blade—is handy for clearing lightweight, fluffy snow. ” – via ThisOldHouse.com

4. Don’t Procrastinate

Metuchen Real Estate

The right way to shovel, is to shovel and shovel often. EVEN IF IT’S STILL STORMING. The key is to not let the snow to bond with either your properties surface (freezing), also it’s a lot easier to shovel 2 inches 2 or 3 times, than it is to shovel 7 inches, trust me, I know from experience. And don’t leave a layer of snow between the air and the pavement. You want the pavement to show, so the sun can do its natural job and warm it as much as possible, not allowing ice or more snow to form.

5. Do Not Pile Up

Metuchen Real Estate

The best thing you can do is avoid having snow near the foundation of your home, SO DON’T HELP IT. It may be out of your way for the time being, but if it’s next to the foundation of your home, that snow can melt, turning it to water, which can easily refreeze. And as we all know from elementary school science class, when water freezes it expands, causing cracks that make your home susceptible to future water damages.

Metuchen Real Estate

Metuchen Real Estate

Deborah Kerr

Keller Williams Elite, Realtors

Office – 732-549-1998

Cell – 732-910-1682

Email – debkerr@kw.com

Website – debkerr.com

Edison Real Estate