As long as you don’t get three feet of it. Seriously, snow is pretty when it is falling (like those Hallmark movies) and it looks nice when it is fresh and white but if it hangs around for days or weeks, it can get pretty ugly. And nobody likes to shovel snow. Nobody. I don’t care who you are, shoveling is not something that you enjoy doing. Even if you are getting paid for it. If you live in a place that gets a lot of snow every year, you could probably give me more tips that I can give you but I did some research to find the best ways to get rid of that snow as fast as you can without breaking your back or your bank paying someone else to do it for you. So, I am going to help you out with some tips on how to get rid of it.
Get Some Help
The first tip I have is to have your younger relatives do it for you. This does not mean hiring the kid down the street to do it, although you can do that if you want to pay a bunch of money. But, if you have some kids or grandkids, you can get your driveway and sidewalk shoveled pretty quickly for the cost of some cookies and hot chocolate. This would work out great for me because I have 22 grandkids, but unfortunately, none of them live within four hours of me so it would be melted by the time they got here. But if you have some kids or grandkids who live with you or nearby, offer them some cookies for a clean driveway.
Use a Snow Blower
Yeah, they may cost a bit more than cookies and hot chocolate but if you don’t have anyone to do it for you, then a snow blower is a back saver. If you have never used a snow blower, watch some YouTube videos or get someone to show you the best way to use it. It can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing, and you don’t want to get hurt so do some research first. But I do have some tips for you that can help:
>>Make sure to check the gas and oil first.
>>Check that the skid shoes are set correctly. If you have a paved driveway, they should be at the lowest setting and if you have a gravel driveway, they should be set higher, so you don’t throw all your gravel out with your snow.
>>Check which way the wind is blowing so you know which way the snow is going to blow.
>>Choose the spot that you want the snow to build up. Aim it at a place in the yard that is not used much. Don’t blow it at the mailbox or sidewalk.
>>Don’t blow the snow into your neighbor’s yard. Even if you don’t like them. It is just not nice.
>>Start in the center and work in a circle with the nozzle pointed outward if there is no wind.
>>Work side to side if it is windy and point the nozzle in the direction the wind is blowing.
>>Wear layers to stay warm but don’t wear loose clothes like scarves that can get caught in the snow blower.
>>Keep kids and pets inside.
Shoveling the Snow
If you plan on shoveling the snow and you are supposed to get more than a few inches, it is best to shovel after every few inches, so it doesn’t pile up too much. The more inches there are, the heavier it is and the harder you have to work. The first thing to do is to make sure you have the best kind of shovel for what you are shoveling. If you are doing your driveway, it is best to have a shovel you can push to start with and then use a regular garden shovel to get rid of what is left. However, if you just want to use one shovel, get one that is able to do both jobs. Consumer Reports says the all-purpose workhorse with a D-shaped grip, straight ribbed handle, steel wear strip, and wide blade, is best for typical driveways and sidewalks. It can do any job and you don’t have to have two or three shovels with you, which can be kind of annoying. Also, take a lot of breaks. Shoveling is hard work. You may not feel it, but you are working a lot harder than you think.
Don’t Forget the Trees, Bushes, and Roof
If you have trees with weak or tender branches, you should use a broom to gently sweep the snow off them. Snow is heavy and can break even strong branches if it builds up too much. Especially if it is wet snow or if there is ice included. Use that broom to brush the snow gently off of your bushes and shrubs if they look bogged down as well. Lastly, wipe snow from your roof as good as you can because as you have seen on the “Mayhem” commercials, snow is heavy. But, if you cannot reach it or do not have the tools to do it, you would be better off getting a professional to remove the snow if it is really built up. After all, you don’t want to go climbing on the roof in the snow. Be safe and don’t worry, spring is coming soon!