The Do’s and Don’ts of Snow Removal

When the weather is freezing, blustery and unbearable, it's easy to push snow removal to the end of your to-do list. But for most people who live in snow states, snow removal is necessary to go about the usual day-to-day routine. 
There are a handful of variables that come along with the snow cleanup process'having the right equipment, dressing appropriately for the weather, knowing how often to remove - among other details to consider. And although there's plenty to keep in mind, preparation is key to successful snow removal 
Assure you have an easy, efficient cleanup experience with these snow removal dos' and don'ts.



- Choose the right snow thrower. With so many options, it can be confusing when choosing between single-, two- and three-stage snow thrower models. It's important to keep in mind, though, that each snow thrower is made for specific conditions. For example, single stage snow throwers are great for areas with snowfall between 2-9 inches; two-stage throwers are good for handling deep, heavy and wet snow to break up compacted snow and ice; three-stage snow throwers are designed for the most intense winter conditions with an accelerator that helps break down the heaviest and wettest snow, faster.
- Implement the right ice management technique. Melting agents or salt are commonly used to remove snow and ice. However, it can damage shrubs, lawns and plants close to your driveway by pulling water away from their roots, so only directly salt areas where you walk. You can also avoid planting shrubs where runoff naturally flows to ensure plant safety. 
- Dress appropriately for the weather. Hypothermia often happens when people attempt to clear snow without the right protective clothing. Dress in layers so you can add and remove clothing as needed. Wear a warm winter hat, earmuffs and gloves or mittens to protect your hands.



- Don't wait for the snow to pile up. It may sound easier to wait for the snow to pile up rather than clearing it multiple times, but doing so makes clearing more difficult with steep, unmanageable mounds to clear. It's best to clear as soon and as often as you can, after it builds up to a few inches.
- Don't treat it like a chore. While clearing the driveway might not be your favorite thing to do, try to make it fun. Using a snow thrower with helpful comfort features can make even the toughest conditions manageable. The Vortex 2490  has heated hand grips and Just-One-Hand operation, which makes clearing snow easier and more efficient by allowing you to adjust your snow thrower's chute, speed and more without stopping.
- Don't forget about shrubs. While clearing snow, remember to keep an eye out for branches that are weighed down with snow buildup. Gently brush the snow off with your hand or a broom to prevent branches from snapping.