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4 Ways to Use a Snow Shovel – Who Needs Snow!

Snow Shovel Lifehack

We’ve grabbed a square-nosed shovel to remove asphalt shingles, run a bolt through a brush to scrub and polish with a drill, and used a utility knife to mark wood accurately. Today, we want to share 4 ways to use a snow shovel. And only one of those ways even involves snow!


Why Use a Snow Shovel for Anything in Florida?

From the Pro Tool Reviews headquarters in Central Florida, you’re about as likely to use a snow shovel for its intended purpose as you are to purchase annual ski lift passes. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t have (at least) one around. In fact, a quick check of our local home improvement warehouse shows they have a few in stock. We’ve got an expected high of 90° as I write this…

So there must be some reason for using snow shovels in Florida, right? Absolutely. Read on.

Use a Snow Shovel for Cleaning Up Your Shop

After one of our big head-to-head reviews to find the best circular saw, we made quite a mess. In fact, we created so much sawdust and waste material, our shop looked like an old sawmill. Grabbing a big-mouthed snow shovel helps clean up like no mortal dustpan could hope for. When a pile that would otherwise immediately fill our big dust collector vacuum, we picked up the big chunks using this type of shovel.

Admittedly, once we reviewed the Ryobi Devour cordless sweeper, things may have changed a bit!

Mulch Plant Beds and Landscaping Using a Snow Shovel

But that’s hardly the only reason to keep a snow shovel handy. As we write this, we think about all the new growth (and weeds) popping out across the country. For those seeing green shoots, it means it’s also time to mulch plant beds to discourage weeds and retain moisture. When the fine folks from our local nursery dump a load of cypress or pine bark in our driveways, nothing transfers it as quickly from pile to bed as a scoop-style shovel.

Overland Carts electric powered wheelbarrow

It also works well going from the pile to the battery-powered wheelbarrow which lets us get all over the yard without hassle. That saves us lots of time and energy as well.

Spread Feed, Seed, and Fertilizer

You can use a snow shovel agriculturally for feed, seed, fertilizer, a poop scoop, and more. It goes without saying—just be sure you don’t feed the horses with the same shovel you use for fertilizer or feces.

Using a snow shovel for spreading fertilizer, feed, or seed

Move Fill Dirt When Making a Raised Garden Bed

One thing we had to do after making a raised garden bed was fill it with lots of dirt. Even before adding topsoil, we needed to move lots of fill dirt to take care of a pair of 6′ x 4′ raised garden beds. Since the soil was loose, the added volume of a scoop shovel beat even the traditional flat shovel we normally reach for.

finished raised garden beds filled with topsoil

After working at it for some time, we got it done with far fewer movements—though each scoop weighed more!

We hope you’ve found this Snow Shovel Lifehack helpful! If you have your own shovel lifehack, add it in the comments below!


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nigeldh

Mark is correct. They started life as feed and grain scoops. It is only when folks realized how wimpy the flat bladed “snow shovels” were when it came to carrying a load of snow, instead of pushing snow, that grain scoops got repurposed. On amleo.com they are listed as scoop shovels. Snow shovel is the wider flat blade shovel/snow pusher.
If you have to load/move wood chips the scoop forks with tines are better.

Brando

Snow shovel? We call those scoop shovels

Mark Huggins

That is a feed scoop.

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