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Q: What do dog owners do to grow grass in a muddy yard

February 21, 2009 | By lisa d. | 7 answers | Expired: 1965 days ago

lisa d.

My dogs have destoyed the grass in the back yard as my yard is slightly wet and when they run around they rip up the grass with their feet. My one dog always scratches the ground after he pees.. and rips up grass..I have a decent size yard.. but it is getting muddier by the minute..thinking about fencing some of it off to throw seed down in the spring but dont see how this will work.. as the grass will be fragile and probably ripped out again. Does anyone have suggestions.. types of grass to use thats hardy...

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Craig W.
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Feb 23, 2009

We use zoysia grass, It is extremely durable, only have to water it once, when you plant the plugs, then you are done. It grows very thick, but not very tall, so you only have to mow around 2-3 times a year. It chokes out all kinds of weeds and other grasses, but so far for us, it has been worth it. website is www.zoysiafarms.com/bi

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Courtney H.
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Feb 21, 2009

My Husband is a landscaper and he deals with this all the time. If possible keep dogs off a section but that is not always possible as in our yard because we have 5 dogs.
You will want to do Core Aeration and Slice Seeding.
You can have a landscaper do it or rent machine from Home Depot or rental place. Slice Seeding basically slices the ground and seeds are then put in the slice. Because it is IN the dirt as opposed to ON the dirt, it grows faster.
Core Aeration will make the existing grass come in thicker.
Good Luck.

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Gina L.
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Feb 21, 2009

We have this same problem with our bloodhounds who run up and down along the fence on one side of our yard - it becomes a muddy mess every time it rains and eventually finds its way into the house via eight huge paws - my husband decide to build something like a boardwalk along the fence since the grass was never going to have chance to grow anyway.

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