The best ways to shovel snow this winter
Let’s face it! If shoveling snow doesn’t loom large on your weekend to-do-jobs-list, it’s going to be a long winter. But needs must and certain chores refuse to go away. So the best thing is do them sooner rather than later. Take a look at these tips to shovel your driveway efficiently:
- Warm up before you start shoveling. Brush the snow off your car if it’s parked in the driveway or wherever you’re going to shovel.
- Start shoveling when there’s a thin layer of snow if possible. It’s easy to shovel when snow first falls off instead of waiting for it all to accumulate.
- Dress appropriately. Layering yourself is the best way to keep you insulated and you can remove top layers as you start feeling warm.
- Avoid shoveling snow if you have heart-related problems.
- It’s important to get the right shovel for the job. There are different models like the straight handle shovel, bent handled shovel and others. The bent-handled shovel is said to reduce back strain as it allows for an upright posture while shoveling. The straight-handle shovel is said to be more flexible as it allows for a wider reach with your hands.
- The right technique to shoveling snow is to try pushing the snow rather than lifting it. And if you have to lift snow, lift small quantities by putting more weight on your legs and throwing the snow straight ahead and not to the sides.
- When you have long driveways, it’s best to go with a truck or tractor that has snow remover implements. John Deere compact tractors are powerful and have a front Quick-Hitch that can be used with a snow blower, a front blade or a rotary broom to help you clear away large mounds of snow.
- A John Deere x 300 tractor has automotive style power steering and has power lift for raising and lowering implements. With John Deere snow blowers, snow removal is less laborious.