Still Shoveling? It’s Time to Consider Snow Plowing

Posted on January 10, 2020

It’s funny how the spring and summer months have us contacting our local landscapers for complete lawn care assistance, yet in the winter months, we pull muscles and subject ourselves to freezing weather conditions. Shoveling snow and deicing walkways and stairs is a New England winter task that you don’t have to face anymore! Here at Cataldo Landscaping, we offer our customers snow plowing in Needham, MA, and other surrounding towns. Not only can our team plow your driveway, but they will also shovel your walkways.


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Our team created this article of surprising facts to help you understand why putting the shovel away for the winter season is not such a bad idea after all!


  • The average winter season sends over 12,000 adults and children to the emergency room with shoveling related injuries.

  • Some of the most common of these injuries were overworked muscles that led to strains, falls, and being hit with a shovel (unintentionally, of course).

  • Broken bones and severe cuts that required stitches ran a close second.

  • The average adult will refrain from participating in a workout class with an instructor but thinks nothing about the dangers of lifting heavy snow.

  • This burst of sudden strenuous exercise has created hundreds of deaths due to heart attacks in people that are not regularly involved in an exercise routine.

  • Most snow shoveling injuries occur in adult men

  • However, nearly 2,000 injuries occur with children under the age of 18

  • Slips, falls, sprains, broken bones, back injuries, frostbite, and hypothermia are all common

  • Although there are a few, most shovels remain in line with the original design

  • The first snow shovel, similar to the modern-day shovel, was created 1889

  • A single winter can leave a homeowner shoveling 15 tons of snow

  • One hour of shoveling snow can burn around 750 calories

  • Most homeowners own a traditional style snow shovel that provides no ergonomic benefits

  • If you must shovel, push don’t lift

  • To lighten the impact on your body, keep up with the snow, don’t wait until the storm is over

  • Even though you’re cold, staying hydrated is imperative

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If you’re ready to retire the shovel for the season, contact the team at Cataldo Landscaping today at (781) 304-8900. We are happy to provide free estimates on snow plowing in Natick, MA and surrounding towns.