Winter is fast approaching, and with it, winter weather. From helpful tips on winter driving to how to create a snow plan for those inevitable winter storms, Canadian Tire is here to make sure you’re prepared for. Long live winter, and all that goes with it.
Canada’s seasons can be difficult to predict, but there is one certainty you can rely on: At least a few times every winter, whether you expect it or not, Canadians across the country will experience a massive snow dump that requires backbreaking work to get rid of.
Only this year will you be ready for it. At least you will if you plan ahead with these top snow removal tips.
Whether it’s melting a cover of ice the day before a big storm or keeping your snowblower in top condition, having a snow removal plan is essential to get through winter without a hitch (or back pain!). Here’s how to prepare for success before the next inevitable winter storm.
Prepare before the storm hits
Once you hear that a storm is approaching, it’s time to go into readiness mode. The first thing to do? Spread salt on your driveway, driveway and steps before it is starting to snow, so no dangerous ice forms under the snow layers. a ecological ice melter works like a charm to keep your driveway slip-free (and will make shoveling a lot easier once the snow starts to fall).
If you have a lot of real estate to cover, a salt and melted ice spreader will help get the job done quickly and easily. For easy access to salt throughout the season, remember to store it in a heavy-duty airtight trash can with a spoon.
Take care of your vehicles
Once you’ve smeared ice melter on your driveway and sidewalk, go ahead, move your vehicles up your driveway or better yet, your garage or under your carport if you have one. If you don’t, a waterproof car cover Where foldable windshield cover can help prevent ice from forming on your car, which will make brushing snow easier and less time consuming.
For this, a scratch free snow brush is convenient to keep in the back of your car all winter long, and if you have a larger vehicle, a snow brush is a great way to help you reach hard-to-reach roofs. Lack of space ? A compact ice scraper is easy to use in the blink of an eye and fits into any glove box.
Invest in a high power snow blower
Without a doubt, the fastest way to clear snow is with a snow blower. While it is certainly more of an investment than a top quality shovel, at the end of the day a snow thrower will help you avoid a lot of trouble, let alone those aches and pains.
Before you go shopping, you will need to think about the size of your driveway and driveway, as this will determine the size of snow thrower you should buy. A biggest gasoline snowblower will help you cover more space in less time, while this slightly smaller Troy-Bilt Option runs cleaner and quieter than other models thanks to its winterized engine. You may also want to consider investing in a electric snow blower, which does not require gasoline, oil, or tune-up.
Find the right snow shovel
If a snowblower isn’t your thing, a good shovel is an absolute must to avoid back pain and fatigue. Most people have fairways that require both pushing and lifting, so you’ll want to find tools for both. A snow shovel sled will help move large amounts of snow at one time, with very little work. An ergonomic shovel (like this one from yardworks) is also effective at pushing snow through smaller areas, while a small shovel trunk is perfect for clearing narrow aisles and won’t take up a lot of space in your shed or garage.
Shovel smarter, not harder
So you have the right tools and a game plan in place. Now is the time to take your snow removal to the next level with the help of a few smart tips.
Looking to simplify your life on the back? Try spraying your shovel with cooking spray or oil, which will keep the snow from clumping and sticking to the plastic. Don’t want to ruin the landscaping? Prevent accidental damage to your lawn or snow thrower by placing stakes around the perimeter of your driveway before it snows so you can easily see where to stop.
When it comes to getting rid of snow, the best practice is to put large amounts of it in piles first, and then use a smaller shovel to move it across your lawn afterwards. You can also consider putting more salt Where ice melter to prepare for future snowfall, or if the upcoming forecast indicates a deep frost ahead after the storm. If you run out before you’ve had time to get to the store to stock up, don’t worry: cat litter also works in a pinch.