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Old 08-22-2014, 08:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a fairly large brick fire pit with a seating area that the dogs love to chase each other around. In the process they destroy the grass. I put sod down and that is now mud. I was thinking about putting flagstone down around the back area of the pit. Will that be okay for them to run on at full speed? Right now I see they are gripping and kicking grass and mud, so they are using it to gain speed. I can also get pieces if concrete maybe and do if they way. I like the mismatched look with some grass in between. Thoughts or ideas are welcome.
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Flag can be extremely slippery when wet and it is much harder than concrete.
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I wanted flagstone at the base of my stairs, but decided not to use it because of what Jax mentioned above. My dog jumps off the stairs, and even though I might not like the look of the dead grass and the mud, that's what I'd rather he land on - instead of hurting himself on slippery (and beautiful, sigh) flagstone.

My method of keeping the lawn in 'reasonable' shape is to either reseed with white clover, or in the extreme dead zones, just resod the area. Even the sod that doesn't take will keep the mud covered, and the grass will come back next year.

Or do it up in flagstone, have a gorgeous fire pit area, and then put some chairs back there so they can't race behind it? But then they'll just tear up another spot, lol. Dogs are a nice lawn's natural enemy, face it
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I don't know what will grow in your area for sure, but some of these Bermuda hybrid grasses they have will stand up to almost anything:
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If thats not an option, see what your local parks use. Look at all the wear they have to deal with. And the one thing I've found, it takes a lot of maintenance with the soil and everything to keep it strong enough to last with dogs.
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How about field stone steppers? That is the same rock material as flag just naturally broken pieces. They are rounder, softer, edges and would look better in a natural, haphazard, placement. And the top is not smooth like flag so won't be quite as slippery.
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Have you considered putting down something like pea gravel or crushed granite? Both of these will prevent mud/dust and aren't nearly as slippery as flagstone. I have pea gravel in several spots in my yard and really like it.

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We put in some fieldstone this summer. It doesn't seem slippery at all (lots of rain the past week, but we haven't had it over winter yet so don't know what it's like with ice and snow) and it looks really good with the spaces in between. We didn't get it all laid until the end of July, so will be putting the topsoil and grass seed in the spaces sometime in the next few weeks. The dogs seem fine running on it.
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What does fieldstone look like? And where do you get it?
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Fieldstone comes from the same place Flagstone does. It can be blue or red or grey, just like field stone. It's the stone that stone walls are made from. Flat without the cut edges of the flagstone and not as smooth on top.

Flagstone is quarried. It is cut from the bed with a saw and then split apart along a vein with a chisel and hammer. That's why it's fairly smooth. Flag was made when the weight of the glaciers compressed the stone, which is why it's so dense.

Fieldstone is the exact same material but was broken up when the glaciers came through.

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In my opinion, since you want grass to grow around them, field is the better choice because it will look more natural. Flag is used for things like sidewalks, patios, etc where a flat surface and square edges are wanted.
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some flagstone can have sharp edges and cause some nasty cuts. we had some while i was growing up. ask me how i learned about the sharp edges.
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