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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: 1869 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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Jeff K.
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Feb 22, 2009

Core Aeration will help some and is a cheap thing to try if you rent the machine yourself. I hired it done one year and they really stuck it to me. It just basically punches holes all over your yard. Not sure I can say it made a big differance but they say it helps.

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Annette1117
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Feb 22, 2009

Have you considered not trying to grow grass? As in, go with what you got? In areas of a yard that were too shady and damp to grow grass, I once put down layers of newspaper to snuff out weeds, then mulched (dog safe) on top of the paper---no more mud. Ultimately I was able to cultivate large patches of short, dog safe, shade-and-water-loving ground cover. The dogs loved to roll around in it and scratch their backs.

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Bigdummy
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Feb 22, 2009

Fescue is a remarkably hardy grass, just ask any farmer who's trying to rid it from a field...

Sounds like you may have some yard drainage issues to take care of. If your yard is muddy and wet for many days after it rains then you probably need to look into finding a better way for that water to flow out of your yard and on to whereever it's supposed to go.

At my old house all of my neighbors back yards drained into my back yard, and kept much of it muddy for a week or so after a rainstorm. I had to put in a drainage pipe to get the water to flow into the stormwater drain like it was supposed to.

Doing that little bit of drainage work really helped the grass in my back yard, and made it a lot harder for my dogs to rip it all up in their running and playing.

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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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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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Ethel02
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Feb 21, 2009

I just get the grass that says "high traffic area", but my dogs don't really like running around the yard, do what they have to and want in unless I'm out there with them, the do love long walks, think they'd love to run but my 2 greyhounds ave taken retirement seriously & the Lab is beginning to think she is 1 of them, except she's on a constant diet. Good Luck, maybe when the grounds is wet after snow or rain walk them, if the ground is dry it won't get ripped up when they run, scratching is instinct for the Alpha only 1 of my greyhounds do it, my girl is leader of the pack, she leads me too.

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