How Often Should I Clear Snow?
Winter is headed our way and here in Ohio that means snow, a lot of it! Exactly how much snow will fall in your yard this Holiday Season depends on a lot of factors, from exactly where in Ohio you live to which weather patterns Mother Nature throws our way this year. One thing is for certain, you’re not going to let it just sit there. You need to remove snow in order to get your car out for work and protect the integrity and security of your home. How often should you clear snow?
You may think this has a simple answer. You shovel the snow after it falls, right? Actually, this is making your task ahead much harder for yourself! Let’s say the weather channel or your local news tells you to expect snow on Saturday. Don’t wait until Saturday night or Sunday afternoon to break out the snow shovel, according to Bob Villa. If you wait until it has finished snowing, you will make your work harder and lead to an injury. Instead, you want to shovel snow as it lands on the driveway. You may want to get out there as often as once every hour during heavy snowfall. Doing it this way means faster and safer snow removal. In order to prevent injury, you will want to keep your shovel close to your body as you remove the snow. This proper shoveling technique will prevent overreaching, which causes undue strain to your back, arms, shoulders, and torso.
Beyond this, there are a few other expert tips you’ll want to keep in mind as far as the right time of day to remove your snow. The best time to shovel snow is in the morning. If possible, this is when you’ll want to remove your snow. In the afternoon, the sun is high in the sky and the snow on your driveway and in your yard will melt slightly. This causes the surface to be more slippery. Of course, this is only true if it’s not still snowing in the afternoon. You’ll need to keep both of these tips in mind when choosing the best time to shovel, shoveling when it’s still snowing and shoveling early enough that it hasn’t begun to melt.
Snow shoveling is an all-too-common cause of winter injuries, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Shoveling snow when it’s still snowing and it’s as cold as possible probably isn’t your idea of a good time. We understand! That is why Land Pro Landscaping also offers residential snow removal services. Let our team members do the hard part, while you sit inside and sip hot cocoa. Next time snow is in the forecast, you won’t have anything to stress about!
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