Winter is here in the Midwest. That means snow. Occasional light snow won’t do much to your wooden privacy fence. However, if a major blizzard dumps a foot of snow against your fence, you might consider removing the snow sooner rather than later. Today’s blog from Carnahan-White Fence Company discusses snow removal tips for your privacy fence.
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Like any large amounts of moisture, piles of snow are the enemy of your wooden privacy fence. Moisture can build up against the planks, causing discoloration, warping, and mildew growth. Think about a waterproof coating for your wooden fence to mitigate problems with excessive moisture.
Piles of snow will melt gradually when the sun warms them, and then overnight sub-freezing temperatures turn the pile into a snow-ice mixture. Let’s say it takes a week for the snow pile to melt completely away. That’s a long time for moisture to seep into the planks of your privacy fence.
Getting rid of deep snow along your fence line can be a chore. But with proper planning, you’ll help save your fence from the ravages of melting snow. Designate an area in your yard or property to put the excess snow. This area should be far away from your fence line and also away from sidewalks, driveways, and other vital areas.
Whether the snow builds up along your sidewalk or yard (or both), move the snow away from your privacy fence line as much as possible. A good rule of thumb is to shovel a path as wide as the snow is deep. Meaning, if the snow is 10 inches deep, move the snow at least 10 inches away from your privacy fence.
This doesn’t take into account wind-blown snow that may pile up in the future. That’s why you want to move the excess snow soon after the snow stops falling. You may have to do a second round the next day if the wind causes snowdrifts.
Feel free to use a snowblower. It’s perfect for your sidewalk, but you can also use a snowblower on grass. Remember to keep the front end of the snowblower high enough, so it doesn’t damage your lawn. If you’re going to use a shovel, consider a plastic one when moving snow in your yard. The blunt edge of a plastic shovel is less likely to dig into the dirt.
Distribute the snow evenly to avoid large piles. Once it melts, the moisture seeps into your yard for the grass to use once the spring thaw happens. Dumping snow onto the street is a good idea. Just be prepared to clear your sidewalk again if a snowplow shifts some snow back onto your sidewalk.
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