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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-25-2014, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Question Backyard mess

I have a problem, a messing one too. My backyard is all messed up and im still trying to find a solution thatís not gonna cost me thousands of dollars. Also, my backyard is pretty small, drainage sucks, and with the houses around me the yard doesnt get a lot of sun, preventing grass from growing. I think I found a relatively cheap and easy solution, Pea Gravel. I saw it on a video of a guy walking his 8 GSD, yep thatís not a typo, 8!! Anyways he had pea gravel in his yard for the pups. Easy clean up, no mud, no smell, and relatively cheap. Iím gonna be prepping my backyard this next week but I was wonder if anyone else has this in their backyard. If so please share your recommendations and pictures. Ill try to remember to take before and after pictures of mine.
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Oh and here's a picture of the little monsters.
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I'm thinking of doing my long narrow dog yard in pea gravel or some sort of small smooth river rock. I don't know how I managed to have a pretty and grassy back yard with 2 Dobermans and 4 Italian Greyhounds, but not with 2 (and now 3) GSDs.

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I have a town home, the entire back yard is blue stone gravel. It has made everything do much easier. Easier to clean, no mud when it rains. Pea gravel is the same idea! I say go for it!!!


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Oh and here's a picture of the little monsters.
"little"....glad to see you have a sense of humor.

The outside kennel I built for my 1st GSD was all pea gravel for all the reasons you cited regarding the video... Anyway...the benefits I found are exactly as stated. Years later I updated a bit and now have pavers in it with a small section of rock for her to squirt in.....gravel is easy clean up as suggested.

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I use straw in my dog run. One bale covered it for almost a year and it's easy to clean up after them. They don't track in any mud or dust , which I do get in the house because I have pea gravel in another area of the yard.

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We put straw down in our back yard last fall after Ziva killed all the grass. I won't do it again. It did significantly reduce the dirt and mud in the house. When the later winter, early spring rains came it really started to decompose and smell. It made Ziva's feet stink something awful after she walked on it. Also, we found the straw got very slick after awhile, making play time that included running dangerous.
That was our personal experience. Have no idea what we will do this fall if the new lawn doesn't survive.

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Thanks guys. We have tried the cedar hogs fuel and it does work at keeping the mud down but on sunny days it smells pretty bad. I put it in about 4-5 months ago and i canít stand the smell now. Not to mention when I clean up the dog poop I end up getting a shovel full of it thatís wonít come loose. Ill upload a picture of my backyard tomorrow for a before and I am hoping to have everything done in a next 2 weeks.
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I have a problem, a messing one too. My backyard is all messed up and im still trying to find a solution thatís not gonna cost me thousands of dollars. Also, my backyard is pretty small, drainage sucks, and with the houses around me the yard doesnt get a lot of sun, preventing grass from growing. I think I found a relatively cheap and easy solution, Pea Gravel. I saw it on a video of a guy walking his 8 GSD, yep thatís not a typo, 8!! Anyways he had pea gravel in his yard for the pups. Easy clean up, no mud, no smell, and relatively cheap. Iím gonna be prepping my backyard this next week but I was wonder if anyone else has this in their backyard. If so please share your recommendations and pictures. Ill try to remember to take before and after pictures of mine.
As long as you don't have a rock eater.
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We also use straw in our dog run.


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