Ken asks…

Dog backyard area, best materials for dog safety & health is #1?

Dog backyard area?
HI,
Need to redo our backyard for our 4 legged gang.
The grass is just not the best, for clean up and ordor wise in the summer.We have grass for now, slowly it will be worn away as the warmer weather arrives.Our family is in and out of yard all day and dogs have doggy door.They are not outside dogs or are the left out side when no one is home. The yard is checked and cleaned on and off all day. The dogs are walked also.
. Have been thinking of using mulch or chips ontop of the dirt. This was it can be raked up for a better clean up, on a daily basis.Some idea on a spray for ordors?.Even with all the keeping clean around here, in the heat a ordor does emit.
Someone said to mix in a horse stall mix(?) for the ordor.
The dogs range from under 20lbs (4 of them) 1 very old 60lb
and 1 200lb English Mastiff...so I worry about the type surface it should for them all.

thank you for any ideas

landscapeliving answers:

I really don't think there is a much better choice than grass, even though dogs (mine too) will wear away big areas of it. It is a very easy surface on the dogs, both for safety and health. Chips and Mulch have two problems. First, the dogs will do odd things to it, including eating it and digging in it. Second, it will be a lot more difficult to find and clean up the dog poop. Finding small brown lumps in a gigantic surface covered with small brown chunks of wood will be damn near impossible. If you are planning to rake up the wood chips or mulch each day, that will probably become very expensive.

If you just have a few areas that are entirely dirt, I would consider either putting up a temporary fence for a period of time long enough to regrow the grass, or to put down some sort of permanent pavers to act as a patio area. My dogs have clearly indicated the area near the house where I will never be able to grow grass again, so I am planning to put down some sort of stone patio there. It will be a lot nicer than dirt and sometimes mud.

Steven asks…

Dog backyard area?

HI,
Need to redo our backyard for our 4 legged gang.
The grass is just not the best, for clean up and ordor wise in the summer.We have grass for now, slowly it will be worn away as the warmer weather arrives.Our family is in and out of yard all day and dogs have doggy door.They are not outside dogs or are the left out side when no one is home. The yard is checked and cleaned on and off all day. The dogs are walked also.
. Have been thinking of using mulch or chips ontop of the dirt. This was it can be raked up for a better clean up, on a daily basis.Some idea on a spray for ordors?.Even with all the keeping clean around here, in the heat a ordor does emit.
Someone said to mix in a horse stall mix(?) for the ordor.
The dogs range from under 20lbs (4 of them) 1 very old 60lb
and 1 200lb English Mastiff...so I worry about the type surface it should for them all.

thank you for any ideas
Stormy

landscapeliving answers:

I would get the small, gray gravel(pebbles). We have it at our local dog park and its great. It's actually a very soft surface. Plus, it doesn't stay moist and damp like mulch or attract bugs. It's also really easy to clean and may have less of an odor.

Mary asks…

What is the best way to clean/disinfect a concrete area where your dog defecates and urinates?

I don't have a "lawn" area in my backyard where my dog can do his business. However, he has made one area (of my concreted backyard) his bathroom. I clean it on a daily basis. First, scooping up the poop with a pooper scooper and then pouring some bleach on the affected areas then hosing it down with water. I use bleach so it can kill the germs, especially to kill off the smell.

I am sure it is affecting whatevers "downstream". Do you have any suggestions to avoid contaminating the freshwater runoff? I've used simple green before, and I know that is non-toxic... but the "wet dog/poop" smell still remained. Bleach does the job for me.

landscapeliving answers:

Bleach evaporates - but there are non toxic bleaches on the market - I won't use anything else.
Also check with your local pet store - you'd be amazed at the stuff they have for every occasion.

Richard asks…

I want to start planting fruits in my backyard but I have a dog that poops around the area i want to start?

planting , how do i sanitize my backyard so its clean enough to plant fruits and how do i keep my dog away from my area ?
thank you so much i'll try that now

landscapeliving answers:

Fence off the area. Pick up any poop that is on the ground, just for your own sanitation when you dig. Poop that has been there long enough to decompose merely fertilizes the soil. No worries. But dogs running around in an area can still damage young plants. Fence them off until your plants are big enough to stand up to dogs being in the vicinity.

Mandy asks…

How do I train my dog to poop in a different area of my backyard?

He always goes near the pool, and it's gross.

landscapeliving answers:

Same way you housebreak a dog. Scold for pooping in the wrong place (by the pool), praise for pooping in the right place. You can also move some of his poop over to where you want him to poop to help him get the idea.

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