Mulch as an agility surface?
Anybody know anything about using mulch for an agility ring? I've been browsing various sites and have seen lots of conflicting opinions. Some say it's great, some say they hate it. Which I suppose is true of just about every surface we use for agility. :P
I ask because I have somewhat of a unique problem. We're currently renting a house on some acreage where I have set up an agility ring for my own dogs as well as teaching classes. It's super prone to mud and I'm beyond sick of it. Thing is, we'll be moving out next fall so I don't want to put the time or money into anything difficult. I'd been looking at getting some used turf, but it sounds like that would be way too much effort for a temporary place, especially when it comes to pulling it back up next fall. When we get a permanent place though, turf is most likely the direction I'll go...
There is a tree place somewhat close that offers free mulch, which has me pretty darn interested (free!). I believe it's just ground up trees and whatever else they process, so probably not the most ideal variety but certainly better than mud. The ring is 95x95, but I'm really just looking to cover about 30x40 to 40x50 of it to give us space to do drills when the rest of the ring is a mud pit. Any other thoughts or ideas?
Ryker: (USDAA) SR (DOCNA) C-BTA C-ISLA
Solstice: (AKC) MX MXJ (USDAA) PDCH PKCH PJCH PGM PSM PRM (DOCNA) C-IAA C-IGA C-IJA C-ISA C-ISLA C-ITA C-BAA S-BSLA S-BJA S-BTA