Tips on Snow Management From an Upstate New Yorker



Holly WellesI've seen more than my fair share of snow living in upstate New York, and year after year, I use the same strategies to manage my property. These tried-and-true, time-tested methods have worked for me in the past — if you're expecting a blizzard, you should take notes. There's a lot to do after a storm passes through, and it's best to work smart, not hard, as they say.

While heavy lifting is inevitable, you can alleviate some of the burden if you plan ahead and stockpile the right supplies. With a little preparation, you don't have to spend half your day clearing your paths and driveway. No forecast will intimidate you, as long as you employ your leaf blower, cover your car with canvas and follow some of the other eight suggestions below.


1. Check Your Pantry for De-Icers pickle-jar

You don't need store-bought chemicals to melt ice on your car windshields. A lot of items you'll find around your homestead will work just as well, like table salt, pickle juice and vodka. If you fill a sock with table salt and rub it against your windows, you'll prevent frost from forming, and pickle juice and vodka work as a spray.

2. Shovel Decks With Caution

If your homestead has a deck, you'll likely want to shovel it of snow to avoid moisture from seeping into the boards. Without waterproofing, this is a possibility, but most modern builds account for winter weather. Regardless, as you're clearing a path, use a plastic shovel to remove snow without damaging your decking materials.

1/25/2019 8:56:10 AM

Holly, all good tips for Winter snow removal and preparation. Leaf blowers roar in Nebraska after a snow. Even the heavier snow can be blown away if it's not too deep. I always put down ice melt before the coming storm hits. The tarp over the car is a great idea. How do you hold it down on the car? Here in Nebraska invariably there's some strong winds that accompany the snow storms. ***** I use a mixture of half rubbing alcohol and water to spray on the frost covered windows. I spray down every window and wait a couple minutes for the solution to work. Then spray again and scrape the mush with a scraper off the window. If a really clear window is what is wanted then an old towel will wipe down the windows clean as can be. It works really well. ***** Have a great winter preparation day. ***** Nebraska Dave

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