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Elkhart resident Eleanor Davis clears the sidewalk in front of her home along Bristol Street during a heavy period of snow Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Periods of extremely heavy snowfall made traveling difficult in the city. Travel on county roads is very hazardous as strong winds are creating snow drifts. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)
Elkhart area snow plow driver shares tricks of trade

Posted on Jan. 28, 2014 at 10:37 p.m.

The key to snow removal is going the extra distance.

“Make sure you give yourself plenty of room,” said Dincenzo Lacopo of Nature’s Renovations, who has been removing snow professionally for 10 years and with his father since he was young.

With strong winds blowing, drifting snow can quickly cover a recently plowed area.

Lacopo removes snow from sidewalks to parking lots and all spaces in between. His advice is the same for all sizes: remove snow from more space than is needed and move it in stages.

For driveways, Lacopo said “we usually take it a few feet further” on either side.

To avoid ruining the lawn, he said, “once you feel the edge of the turf, we lift the plow.

“At this time of the year, it’s very hard to not damage the turf.”

Lacopo said that snow removers could expect to see snow mold in the early spring on the parts of their lawn where the snow was piled. He suggests raking the area once the snow has thawed and adding a nitrogen fertilizer to remove it.

“It looks like dead turf with a little bit of white fuzz,” he said of snow mold. According to Lacopo, snow mold will not kill a lawn, but could cause it to take longer to turn green in the spring.

Lacopo said he plowed snow on until 2 a.m. Sunday and woke up again Monday to begin plowing at 8 a.m. Many of his calls have been to remove snow from parking lots of businesses that have closed for the day. He also responds to emergency snow removals for individuals.