We positioned the dowel in the spot where we wanted to install the EZ YARD DOT. We then took a hammer to drive the dowel deep into the ground. We were working with rocky ground, but it had just rained the night before. This worked to our benefit because we installed these at a southern New Mexico home where the ground is often times hard and dry. If you are working with gravel landscaping such as the type pictured, make sure no rocks fall into the pilot hole. They will interfere with the EZ YARD DOT installation if they are blocking the hole.
Drive the tool of your choice deep into the ground where you want your EZ YARD DOT. This will create a pilot hole and allow you to drive the EZ YARD DOT into the ground easier.