Snowshoes save the garden
A garden bed or lawn that's wet and cold in spring can be
churned to slime in just two or three walk-through's. Without
concerted effort to loosen and amend such a mess afterward, that
soil can remain in that sorry state for years.
A small-to-average sized gardener on one foot, reaching, puts 75
pounds per square inches of pressure on fragile soil.
That gardener standing in the center of a wide plank might halve
the pressure she puts on the soil. On snowshoes we press down with
less than 4 pounds per square inch.
Since plank walking restricts our movement, the boards require
constant shifting, and snowshoes make us lightest on our toes, our
choice was a no-brainer -- we bought and use snowshoes.
Below: Janet had only one pair of snowshoes one day
when Sue came out to help. Sue stood on a 3' x 3' plywood, trying
to stay in its center. See the impression the plywood made? (Yellow
arrow.) It caused less damage than footprints but it's still
pressed. Meanwhile, Janet snowshoed all over the area circled in
blue, leaving no mark.
this is not a new procedure for us. Although we don't have to
resort to snowshoes every spring, we have done so off and on since
To sum it up
Garden science is right: Don't walk on wet soil! Yet time flies
in spring. We'll wear snowshoes today as we cut down butterfly bush