Snow & Ice Guide

Operating efficiently before, during and after snow events

May 14, 2019By
McIntosh truck out during storm. (Photo: McIntosh Grounds Maintenance)

Knee-deep in a no-excuse business, snow management companies must find ways to operate efficiently before, during and after snow events. “We only get one chance every one or two weeks to make money, so we have to be spot on,” says Doug McIntosh, owner and founder of Milan, Mich.-based McIntosh Grounds Maintenance, which has performed all-commercial snow services since about... read more

Recruiting game changer: finding purpose

May 14, 2019By
Plow truck and snow (Photo: iStock.com/skhoward)

Why? Why would someone agree to work at night, in the cold, on call, not knowing if a shift is going to last eight hours or 28 hours? Why do some people fall in love with the snow and ice management industry, while others resent having to work in it to make ends meet over the winter? The “why” question... read more

Plan before you plow

May 14, 2019By
Man plowing during snowstorm (Photo: Brian Mauer)

Owners better have a plan, team and equipment in place before the first flake of the year falls if they offer snow and ice removal services. Without those things, they (and their revenue stream) will be left frozen in place. Three landscape contractors offer tips and advice on purchasing snow equipment, hiring employees and becoming more efficient during the winter... read more

Profitable snow and ice purchases

May 15, 2018By
money. Image: iStock.com/ivandan

Snow and ice removal is a completely different beast from the rest of a landscape contractor’s services. It demands a quick turnaround in tough conditions, requiring companies to have reliable equipment at the ready—because a snowstorm waits for no one. Beyond being up for the job, the equipment also has to work for the business financially. To ensure their snow... read more

Going “all in” with snow

May 15, 2018By
snow. Photo: iStock.com/KajaNi

There are two types of companies when it comes to snow and ice management: One is “all in,” while the other is not, so there are dramatic differences in the way this segment of the business is handled. I believe fervently in strategic planning, that each company should determine its own fate and no two companies are alike. I also... read more

Is snowmelting an option for you?

September 14, 2017By
Photos: Snow Dragon

Fewer snow farms and more regulations are expanding the market for snowmelters. Figuring out where to dump snow is getting tougher for snow and ice management professionals. Dumping snow into bodies of water has fallen out of favor and is often illegal. The number of snow farms, or snow dumps, is also in decline—particularly in urban areas—due to factors like... read more