04:57AM | 03/21/04
Member Since: 03/20/04
1 lifetime posts
My husband and I bought our house last spring and remodeled the interior. Now it's time to start on the exterior. The backyard was rather sparse to begin with, but now with our three dogs (size small, medium, and large) there are huge bare spots. We are considering sectioning off the backyard so that the dogs can have an area and we can have a nice backyard too. Anybody have any suggestions or experience?


09:16AM | 04/08/04
Member Since: 04/06/04
3 lifetime posts
Build a dog run. All the supplies can be purchased at a local hardware store.

Nathan Marr


12:20PM | 05/05/04
Member Since: 10/08/03
36 lifetime posts
We have three dogs as well, and were looking into doing the same thing. We talked to landscape designers and researched in books and on tv. It depends on how much contact you want with your dogs while in the yard. We want the dogs to have full run of the back yard, and not at all in the front yard. We put up a chain link fence around the back. What we have been told is to design our area around the areas the dogs have designated as theirs, like the areas they like to go to the bathroom or run. My dogs hate the cats that run outside the fence, so they pace all along one side. In that area, it was recommended we put down a pea gravel or finer mulch. Ask your local nursery for plants that tolerate alkaline (urine is ammonia, basic rather than acidic) so if your dog pees on it, it won't kill it. Keep delicate plants in pots or containers, and plant grass made for higher traffic. Some non-traditional ground cover is an option, too. I have seen pictures of moss or clover used in place of grass, and it actually looks good (and no mowing!) Some people plant a more deserty looking landscape so they don't have to work with grass issues. Lots of rocks and containers. It is possible to have a nice yard, you just have to do some research. If you go to a nursery that offers landscape design, they can offer more ideas, and chances are you would buy the stuff from them so they don't charge for the advice. Good luck and have fun!


08:18AM | 05/07/04
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
I know a guy who has a fence running through the middle of his yard parrallel to the back of his house. The dog run goes out the garage, down the side of the yard, into the back of the back yard. The dogs have about half the back yard and the big people have the front half of the back yard.

I hope I explained this well enough.

Good luck,


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