Marking Lots and Drives?

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  1. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,651

    Do you guys mark your lots and drives with stakes in the fall?

    I have always marked mine, because i find that its just better service, and the stakes are where you want them.

    For excample all my residential drives the stakes are 2' from the edge. All the drives know this, allowing for a drive to be cleared to the edge.

    Some residential customers tend to go stake crazy. I had one guy, great paying customer but used way to many stakes, i said to him you let me stake, or i won't plow. He said ok, becuase after i started explaining why you can have too many stakes he understood.

    I don't stake private roads, only in some locations, because they are often way to long.

    Geoff
     
  2. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    Drives: I stake 3 out of 30, just to mark curves. Around here the school kids usually pull em out and use em as weapons anyway. I dont stake my lots since by now I could probably plow them with my eyes closed and not hit anything.
     
  3. plowking35

    plowking35 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S.E. CT
    Posts: 1,687

    we stake all our lots, if nothing else it lets the customers know that we value their property. As far as kids pulling them out, we charge $10.00 per missing stake in the spring, so the customers usually make sure they stay put.
    Dino
     
  4. diggerman

    diggerman LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 702

    We stake the ones where there are alot of islands and where there are off set runs.We only stake on the island curve.It works okay for us, but plows are'nt nearly as big of a problem as our big loaders where bumping a curb even a little hard(even if you know its there) and wala pile of snow w/curb on top. But at least the stakes show concern and genuine effort to preserve their property.
     
  5. Alan

    Alan Member
    Posts: 1,185

    We stake a few residential drives, the ones where the drive itself is level with the lawn. That way we don't end up relocating the driveway by accident. Other than that we mark water shutoffs and other surprises that are close to where we will be plowing. Usually our early storms are relatively light and we can still see the terrain features enough to know where to plow. After one plowing there is a bank to mark the path and they usually stay all winter.
     
  6. Aspen Snow

    Aspen Snow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 120

    We stake only the customers that request it and we charge for it.
     
  7. n y snow pros

    n y snow pros LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 252

    Simply put we stake them all and we lose a ton of stakes to shoppers taking them home to stake there own drive ways
     
  8. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,651

    I use a 9' 1 ton rack body full ever year to mark everything. I send my kids and maybe a friend or two out for a couple of weekends. They take a lot of marking paint, and sledge hammers. Each year i repaint the stakes in the fall. In the spring when they pick them up, they bundle them with plastic zip strips. This way i can resuse them from year to year, but still end up buying a bunch every year.

    The kids do a good job, too what kinda supperise me. Only every driver says they have done a good job, for the past 2 years they have been doing it. Maybe thats because the regular guys hated doing it.

    Geoff

    [Edited by GeoffDiamond on 08-31-2000 at 12:14 AM]
     
  9. cutntrim

    cutntrim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 474

    Geoff,

    We don't stake any of our properties. Since most of them are gr*** customers as well, we know where the trouble spots are. I can understand the reasons for staking though, we just haven't bothered so far.
     
  10. cutntrim

    cutntrim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 474

    Nice obscenity spell-check here. I type g-r-a-s-s and it gets edited!
     

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