Winter is finally showing its cold side and giving many regions of Germany the long-awaited snow. As much as some are happy about the white splendor, others find them annoying as they regularly have to clear the snow from the paths and driveways.
Shoveling snow and gritting is more of the downside of a frosty winter. Even so, homeowners must ensure that the snow is cleared away quickly. And tenants can also be made responsible for regularly spreading the sidewalk in front of the house. With these five tips, the unpleasant work is much easier.
To remove snow and ice quickly and in a way that is easy on the back, it is essential to have suitable and, above all, stable equipment. A snow shovel or a snow shovel and a scraper, with which even stuck layers of snow and ice can be removed, are part of the essential equipment. For large areas or in snowy regions, a snow tub with a large capacity can be helpful.
Especially when it snows heavily, a lot of snow accumulates in a short time. When clearing paths and driveways, it should be brought to a place where it does not disturb. Under no circumstances do the snow mountains belong on the street because they hinder cars and pedestrians there. Important: never deposit salty snow on the lawn or in beds – this is harmful to the plants!
Pushing snow can quickly become very exhausting. That is why it makes sense to invest in lightweight yet stable equipment. A handle length tailored to the body size also makes work easier. Loose powder snow clears away more quickly than solid pack snow. Only a tiny amount of snow should be put on the shovel to protect the back and joints, and the weight should be lifted more from the knees. If the snow is wet, it is better to push it away than to lift it.
Split or sand is best for sprinkling sidewalks in earth development. With the help of a small spreader, the spreading material can be better dosed and distributed. However, after the snow melts in spring, the grit has to be swept up again and removed. Please note: Salt spreading is forbidden in many municipalities because it pollutes the runoff surface water and damages trees and other plants.
If you have to go outside below zero, you should also dress warmly when clearing the snow. Breathable, winter-proof clothing that protects against the cold and at the same time wicks away the moisture that occurs when you sweat is ideal. If waterlogging remains on the skin, you can catch a cold quickly! Equipment gloves are also helpful, with their special anti-slip coating to better grip and protect hands from freezing temperatures.