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Snow Removal Tips from Sunrise Landscape and Design

The last big storm was a good reminder of how harsh winter can be.  Sunrise Landscape and Design offers the following top ten tips for safely managing the snow removal on your property.     Stay on top of the snow – when anticipating a large amount of snowfall, it is best to shovel every 3-5 inches.  Don’t wait for the snow to stop falling – keep shoveling every couple of inches, especially when it is a heavy wet snow.  You will save yourself time and your back by doing a couple of inches at a time. Push, don’t lift, and if you lift, use your legs – this may be seem like traditional advise, however, when it comes to snow removal this is important.  When you push the snow to the side, rather than lifting, you exert less energy and place less stress on your body.  If there is too much snow and you need to lift onto snow piles, use your legs and not your back.  Using your legs will save your back from injury. Warm-up – Shoveling snow is exercise.  It is important to stretch your arms, legs and back to prevent injury, especially with heavy snow.  Be sure to drink lots of water and take breaks when needed.  Another tip while shoveling is to switch off between shoveling left-handed and right-handed so that you are working different muscles. Avoid ice picks and other tools – Resist the temptation to use ice picks and other tools to remove snow and ice.  These tools can easily destroy your driveway and other landscape features such as walkways and plants. Prepare before the snowfall – Mark off the driveway, walkways and plant beds with poles,