Why do sidewalk plows damage sod? And what to do about it.

Information posted February 23, 2013

The following is quoted from the Town of Oakville website.

While operators strive to minimize sod damage, some degree of damage is inevitable. Sidewalk plows are required to be large machines in order to effectively plow deep snow, when needed. Unfortunately, this makes them less forgiving to operate on sidewalks. Deep or drifted snow conditions often completely hide the sidewalk edge. When sod is frozen, damage is minimized; however, when sod is not frozen, it lifts away very easily and damage can be extensive. Often, the sod removed is overgrowth growing onto the sidewalk.

To report sod damage, please call ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Town staff will review the damage and make repairs as weather permits. Some repairs may be scheduled for spring when new sod is available.