By:Jonathan Manning, CLT
A Better Garden Maintenance, LLC
When snow shoveling, it is important to recognize that you save a lot of trouble by not creating compaction and ice by not walking on the snow to be shoveled. A lot of the time a clean surface will be left, after shoveling the snow, when you have had no traffic over the area from which the snow is being removed.
The effort and method will vary with each snow event, but there are a few tips you should do anytime when performing snow removal.
The snow might be wet & heavy or the snow might be very light and dry powder.
To make this easier I will just list the tips for snow removal along with the reasoning behind the tip.
#1 Always try to completely clear the pavement or sidewalk.
This includes the snow along the curb lines of a sidewalk.
When this is not removed it is usually kicked over the area which was shoveled.
If not removed or left to melt the snow will turn into ice.
#2 Do not put ice melt down during a snow storm.
When ice melt is applied, it melts both snow and ice into water.
As more snow continues to accumulates this water will inevitably become ice.
There will always be exceptions to this and you will need to make your own choice.
#3 Always attempt to put the snow from the shoveling in a place where it will not melt and run back down across the areas which were cleared.
This is not always possible, yet should be attempted to reduce labor, material costs and the salts (ice melt) in the storm drain system.
#4 When removing ice, flip the shovel head over and use the other side of the shovel. Not only will this aid in breaking up any compacted snow or ice, it will sharpen the tool to make shoveling more effective.
A Better Garden Maintenance, LLC is not liable for any snow removal activity not directly performed by A Better Garden Maintenance, LLC.)