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Concrete driveway to grass?

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I'm a new snow blower owner (74 Ariens) and still learning. What's the easiest way for me to do my driveway, then do the side of my house to the back, which is grass? Do you have to adjust the (forget the name) on the sides? Or do you just kinda lift the front end up so it doesn't scrape? Or what's the easiest way?

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I'm a new snow blower owner (74 Ariens) and still learning. What's the easiest way for me to do my driveway, then do the side of my house to the back, which is grass? Do you have to adjust the (forget the name) on the sides? Or do you just kinda lift the front end up so it doesn't scrape? Or what's the easiest way?

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I don't do nothing.
But I make sure that the last cut on my grass is lower then I normally do before the snows come, so I don't tear up the grass.
The skids will sort of ride on top of the snow, but I don't worry about marks on my lawn, to tell you the truth I don't think I ever tore up the grass either.

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I agree with Ed. My Ariens Deluxe 28 does fine on both without adjustments.
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Just make sure there is nothing in your path under the snow, rocks, tree limbs, newspapers, garden hose, lawn ornaments, lawn edging, gutters, gutter plates, etc.....whatever.

I have a map made of obstacles to avoid in my yard.
I just review it at the start of the season, eventually you get to know where not to go.

Dam squirrels are on their own.

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i do my driveway with my two stage scraper bar set pretty close to the ground (the width of a paint can stirring stick). No matter how short i mow my grass, I think my augers would be chewing up the grass.

for you guys that make no adjustments going from concrete to grass, how high up is your scraper bar set?

and OP, the things you need to adjust are called the skid shoes.

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It doesn't tear the grass up a whole lot. I do try to push down on the handles to keep the front end skimming a little high. Any damage to the grass is usually gone by the first or second cutting in the spring anyway.

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is it true you should try to keep the grass covered in at least a little bit of snow, so as not to "awaken" the grass from a dormant state before it actually gets warm?
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I'm with the others here... I have to clear a portion of our yard for our dogs, and the only "special" thing I do is take a right turn halfway down the driveway onto the grass. Every now and then it'll chew up a high spot a little, but the lawn recovers quickly in the spring.

Re keeping the grass covered with snow, early last spring the snow-covered grass definitely looked healthier than the grass that got uncovered. The uncovered grass was mostly yellow and the covered grass was mostly green. But after a couple of weeks the difference disappeared, and there don't seem to be any long-term effects.

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I'm with the others here... I have to clear a portion of our yard for our dogs, and the only "special" thing I do is take a right turn halfway down the driveway onto the grass. Every now and then it'll chew up a high spot a little, but the lawn recovers quickly in the spring.

Re keeping the grass covered with snow, early last spring the snow-covered grass definitely looked healthier than the grass that got uncovered. The uncovered grass was mostly yellow and the covered grass was mostly green. But after a couple of weeks the difference disappeared, and there don't seem to be any long-term effects.
Exactly the same here on both points.

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