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Snow Shoveling

7 Snow Shoveling Lessons No One ever Taught You

With winter arriving at the doorstep it’s time to take out the snow shovel and clean the snow blower. This winter, we will help you to shovel the snow off your property with some helpful and efficient techniques.

If you don’t want to shovel the snow yourself don’t worry our trusty snowplow operator will clear your driveway! EDEN is just a Call away.

1. Remove during snowfall

If you are expecting snowfall you don’t have to wait till it ends to bring out your snow shovel. This makes the task extremely harder and also increases the risk of injury as you can slip and slid to fall down on the ground. Instead, landscaping and lawn care experts at Eden recommend beginning to shovel the snow as and when it falls. For instance, you can schedule to shovel snow every 1 to 2 hours during heavy snowfall. This way, you can remove the snow from your driveway and walkways faster and more safely.

2. Think about the surface materials

When deciding to remove snow using tools, you need to consider the type of material your driveway is made of, to avoid causing unwanted damage. Make sure you don’t use rock salt on concrete as it can exacerbate cracks and chips on the sidewalk and driveway. You can use calcium chloride instead

Make sure to use plastic shovels on pavers and bricks as metal blades can damage these. When removing snow from asphalt surfaces, make sure to keep the snow shovel and snow blower blades at least ½ inch above-ground to prevent accidentally chipping asphalt driveways. Remember to know how much power the snow removal tool provides. 

3. Shovel safely

Snow-shoveling looks tedious and is also fraught with risks of injury, according to doctors as it is the most common cause for injuries during winter. However, you can avoid these injuries by adopting proper shoveling technique. To prevent getting injured while shoveling snow, make sure to keep the shovel close to your body. This way, you won’t have to over-reach, which can otherwise cause strain on the back, shoulders and arms. 

4. Roll the snow

If you have dense, sticky snow in your yard or driveway, then you can simply roll the snow into balls before pushing them off the sidewalk. This is an excellent time to train your kids to snow shovel too. Ask them to join you in rolling huge snow balls and this way you can get your driveway cleared of snow while having some fun time with family. 

5. Keep shovel clean

Snow tends to stick to shovels, making them heavier to use and causing you to tire out early. If you struggle to dislodge the clumps of sticky snow from the end of your shovel, you can remedy this by spraying cooking spray over the shovel-end. This prevents snow from sticking to the shovel. However, you will need to wipe the shovel clean before storing it in the garage. 

6. Cleaning your car

Before even beginning to clear the snow off of sidewalks and driveway, you should remove the snow off of your car roof, windshield, windows and hood. You can choose to scrape or wipe the snow off your vehicle before shoveling the driveway. Otherwise, the snow falling from the car can mess up all the hard work you put in clearing the driveway. 

7. Make a plan

Homeowners usually begin shoveling snow from the top of the driveway and work their way down. This technique has a problem though. When you get closer to the base of the driveway your shovel becomes heavier. This can increase the risk of injury. To remedy this, you should begin shoveling from the center of the driveway and slowly work your way out instead. This way, you will remove less snow at a time but stay safe at all times. 

Conclusion

The top 7 snow shoveling lessons include removing snow during snowfall, being careful about walkway, pavers, bricks and driveway material, shoveling safely, preventing snow from collecting on the shovel, rolling the snow off without shovel, cleaning car before cleaning the driveway and clearing driveways from the center out. If you find snow shoveling to be a tedious task, then you can hire professionals, such as at Eden, for efficient and affordable snow clearing services. 

If you don’t want to shovel the snow yourself don’t worry our trusty snowplow operator will clear your driveway! EDEN is just a Call away.

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