The Green, The Bare and the Puppies
March 20, 2006 4:06 PM Subscribe
With what should I cover our (dogs') backyard?
We live in Florida, USA and have two 80lb hound dogs, who love to run and wrestle in our fenced-in backyard. They will dig small spots of dirt up for a cool place to sit, but mostly its the incessant running and wrestling that has beaten most of our yard bare to the dry dirt. A couple of garden/nursery folks have told us that grass will just be torn and re-torn up, if it can establish itself at all (we've tried planting seed once already and it couldn't even establish itself). So we've temporarily covered the yard (60' x 90') in pinestraw and hay. This won't last. We've considered mulch, gravelly pebble stuff, etc. but in the quantities we need, they are expensive and not very comfortable on the pups paws. We'd be satisfied growing weeds; anything but bare dirt! Anyone have any suggestions as to what will keep the dirt from being tracked into our house, but stand up to our dogs?