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Mark Your Territory to Keep Snowplows Off the Lawn

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Winters can be long and take a toll on your lawn and hardscapes. It’s great to have a snowplow to clear your driveway through winter, but it can be disheartening in spring to see the damage caused to the lawn.

A few simple steps taken before the first snow will ensure your drive and grass stay in tip-top shape.

Minimize Snowplow Damage:

  1. First, determine how many stakes you need for your driveway. You’ll need a pair at each end and a pair for every two car lengths. Use stakes at curves, to mark ditches, retaining walls, stumps, boulders or other features that could create hazards when covered with snow.
  2. Select driveway markers. Get a few extra to replace those broken or lost.
  3. Place stakes in the ground before the ground freezes.
  4. Place stakes up to 1’ away from the driveway to leave extra room for car doors and snow piles.


If the ground is frozen, first hammer a screwdriver into the ground. Pull out the screwdriver and place stakes into pilot hole.

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