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any solutions for lawn-turned-mud pit?

We adopted Sasha about 2 months after we moved into our house. Our yard isn't huge, but it's big enough for her to romp around a fair bit. There was grass when we moved in, I swear. Now it's just an ever-expanding mud pit. I've seen a few threads with some lawn advice but it seemed like most were addressing "burning" issues.

So...has anyone found any reliable ways to grow grass with a GSD around? A particularly hardy type of grass? Or some nice grass alternatives (not artificial grass though, that's not a financial option for us)?

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I'd love to hear ideas also. I have the same issue. I put straw down in the winter to cut down on the mud when things melt but I am determined to have a lawn this summer which means I will have to fence off a potty area and keep the dogs out of the backyard.
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We adopted Sasha about 2 months after we moved into our house. Our yard isn't huge, but it's big enough for her to romp around a fair bit. There was grass when we moved in, I swear. Now it's just an ever-expanding mud pit. I've seen a few threads with some lawn advice but it seemed like most were addressing "burning" issues.

So...has anyone found any reliable ways to grow grass with a GSD around? A particularly hardy type of grass? Or some nice grass alternatives (not artificial grass though, that's not a financial option for us)?

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You have my sympathy, the only solution I found was to keep the dog off the grass during its fragile periods, like spring, summer, fall and winter

Find some other place for the dog to run, or make your choice: dog or lawn.
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Same here!

No grass in front yard.

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We adopted Sasha about 2 months after we moved into our house. Our yard isn't huge, but it's big enough for her to romp around a fair bit. There was grass when we moved in, I swear. Now it's just an ever-expanding mud pit. I've seen a few threads with some lawn advice but it seemed like most were addressing "burning" issues.

So...has anyone found any reliable ways to grow grass with a GSD around? A particularly hardy type of grass? Or some nice grass alternatives (not artificial grass though, that's not a financial option for us)?

Thanks!
No solutions . . . just commiserating with you! My husband isn't going to be happy but I think I'm going to put straw down this weekend. I called him today to ask if we could just pave the back yard!

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The first of the every year after the grass has been dormant a while (tx) I fence off half of the yard so I won't lose the whole yard in the winter. When spring comes around I take it down and my full lawn comes back nicely...though it takes until about June for the full yard to be thriving again.
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You have my sympathy, the only solution I found was to keep the dog off the grass during its fragile periods, like spring, summer, fall and winter

Find some other place for the dog to run, or make your choice: dog or lawn.
I concur completely with this! (And happen to find it quite funny)

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A large dog pen works I have a 20 x 20 pen with patio stones for easy cleaning, that he goes in for potty and such, we clean it daily. He only has full run of the yard when we are in the yard.
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I don't think there's a solution other than to keep your dog off the grass. We have a huge back yard, about 2/3 of an acre, and we still have places where Shasta's worn the grass away. Fortunately for our sanity, we're not trying to grow a lawn back there.

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Unfortunately, if you have a smallish yard, it really can't be your dog's play area if you want to keep any semblance of a lawn. With a small yard you have to be diligent about poop pickup and really play elsewhere if you want to keep your grass. This is one of many reasons we sold our house in the city and moved an hour out of town to a house on an acre. The commute is a drag, but at least we have an on-site dog park!


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