Who doesn’t love snow? You can have great fun sledging and playing snowballs. The kids get the day off school. The dog loves chasing her ball in the snow. It’s all great fun. Until the play stops and you realise you have to walk around in it. You wonder how you are going to get the car out to go to the shops. You start to worry that you don’t have enough food in the house. What about your older neighbours from across the street? Yes, then you realise that you are going to have to deal with all that snow. What are the best ways to safely clear away the snow?
You are probably going to spend quite a bit of money on a snow blower so you need to decide if you really need one to justify the expense. How often are you going to be using it if you buy one? Once you have made the decision to buy a snow blower, you are staggered by the different options available. Gas or electric? Single stage, dual stage or three stage? It all seems very confusing. My best advice is to find a specialist site that can tell you all about snow blowers. From my research, Snow Shifts is a great site giving guidance on the different options and reviewing the best buys.
You quickly realise that a snow blower is a great option. You can clear a large area quite quickly by using a snow blower. The average path that an electric snow blower will clear is 12 to 14 inches.
Use a Shovel
You can also clear away snow by using the old fashioned, manual method of a shovel. One of the best ways to clear the snow is to use 2 different types of shovel. A pusher shovel and a normal garden variety shovel with higher sides. You initially push the snow to the edge of your property using the pusher shovel. Then you use the garden shovel to remove the remaining snow. Make sure you use your legs to lift and throw the snow, and not your back. You don’t want an injury.
Just be careful and think about where you are pushing the snow. You don’t want huge piles of snow that could fall back onto your nicely cleared path. No one likes doing the same job twice. You should also make sure that there is no risk of the snow falling onto anyone. Don’t leave dangerous pile of snow around.
Snow Clearing Tips
Whichever method you use to clear away your snow, here are some tips to make it a little bit easier.
- Fresh snow. Clear the snow away early in the day when it is still fresh. This is because loose snow is easier to remove. Whenever you clear the snow away, avoid walking on it first as packed snow is much harder to clear.
- Silicone spray. Whether you are using a snow blower or a shovel, snow will stick to it. Spray it with silicone spray so the snow doesn’t stick. If you don’t have silicone spray to hand, try using cooking spray.
- This isn’t really a tip, but is more like common sense. Never ever use water to clear away snow and ice. Don’t use it to clear your car windscreen either. Water will freeze and turn to ice so now you have an ice problem instead of a snow problem.
- Once you have cleared a path, cover it with salt. Only use it on the paths though, not on your garden. Make sure you do this before it starts getting dark as it will refreeze during the night. If you don’t have any salt, you can use sand or ash instead. You can even try cat litter.
- Be especially careful if you are clearing steps or steep paths. Make sure you salt these areas well to reduce the risk of slips and trips.
When you get a lot of snow, along with the fun is the stress of knowing you will have to clear it all away. Whichever method you decide you are going to use to clear the snow away, make sure you have what you need before the snow hits.