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.
No, 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 2006.
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 & rake.