Five Ways to Fix a Muddy Backyard Dog Trail

Bill Taylor
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Common Complaints

Some backyard dog owners complain that their dog will not use their grassy dog trails. That is, they will use the trail in the back of the property, the paths zig-zag and meander through the lawn or garden, but stop flowing freely on the grassy areas. This baffles owners because dogs love the backyard trails, they enjoy the smell and being outside and the trails provide a safe place for them to travel.

There are a couple ways to solve this issue so that you can have the best of both worlds – a green backyard and a crystal-clean, safe dog trail for your puppy or dog to be able to use when the grass becomes too big.

Reasons: There may be a couple reasons why your dog has stopped using the the dog trails. For one, your grassy areas may be too tall. If your grass does not get trimmed, then the dog is not going to want to use that area. After all, the trails are meant to be clear of tall grass, bugs, sticks, or debris that would hurt the dog. Another reason may be that it is simply too hot for your dog. The dog trails are best enjoyed when the weather is a bit cooler, but if it is hot out, it is best to keep your dog at home.

Step 1: Plan Ahead

The first step to creating a dog trail in a muddy backyard is to plan ahead. Before you get started, consider your goals and the physical limitations of your yard. Think about the type of trail you would like to create and decide if you would like your pet to run on a dirt, asphalt, or possibly paved trail. Trails are a nice way to exercise your pets, but keep in mind that they will also divert your dog from their usual outdoor elimination locations. You will have to get used to walking on and cleaning up after your pet on the new trail.

If you are planning to design and build your dog trail on grass, you will need to do some research about the best type of grass for trails. Most breeds of dog can tread easily on grass, except for rough-coated breeds. Smooth and soft-leaved grasses are preferable. When planning your backyard dog trail, consider factors like the layout of your home, the type of grass in your yard, and the layout and condition of your property. You also want to consider other issues that may arise, like maintenance that is needed, accidents that may happen, and weather conditions.

Step 2: Choose a Solution

Work with a solution that functions in multiple ways. By taking this approach, you will get more for your dollars spent. So for example, rather than buying a wheelbarrow to move mulch in the spring and a tarp to cover the plants in the fall, choose a mulch clog that works in both situations. This will save you money because you won’t have to buy two separate products for two separate functions. It will also save you time because you won’t have to switch mulch clogs or buy a tarp every time your gardening needs change.

Of course, the best way to get multiple uses from a product is if it is designed with those uses in mind. So, for example, if you rely on a tarp that is designed to keep mulch dry, you won’t have to worry about the tarp ripping or blowing away because it was designed to keep mulch dry!

Another benefit of getting more for your money is that it prevents your yard from being neglected. Instead of spending money on extras you don’t need, spend money on a good product that can serve multiple functions. This will allow you to get more for your money without spending any more than you have to.

Solution 1: Temporary Fixes

Muddy dog trails can really pose a problem in a backyard. However, there are a few things you can do to make the trail less muddy. Just remember these are only temporary fixes, but they do work pretty well until dirt can be added to the trail.

First, you can use rocks, gravel, or decorative stones to stabilize parts of the trail. This will help keep the mud at bay. Another option is to create a path that leads down to the street to eliminate the use of the trail when it is particularly muddy.

You can also use wood chips or other forms of dry mulch as a quick fix for the trail. When your hands get really dirty, you can add a little wood ash to them to make them cleaner and prevent dirt from being transferred to other areas of the yard.

Mud or dirt that is tracked into the house can be very difficult to clean up so you should try and avoid it as much as possible. Choose a spot that does not have the driveway, garage or patio nearby to clean off your dog quickly. You can even do it right at the back door to save yourself a lot of time cleaning up mud from the front of the house.

Solution 2: Quick Fixes

After a good rainstorm, a muddy, wet trail may be inevitable. Run off and mud will have found its way into your trail. You can sweep it out before it becomes packed with mud. The secret is to do it quick before it becomes a slippery mud pit.

If you must venture into the backyard to fix the trails, it’s best to wear rubber boots. You won’t have to deal with the yuck factor of stepping in mud, tracked through the house and on your carpets. You also won’t have to contend with slippery mud patches.

Sprinkling grass seed mixture on your muddy trails, after they have been raked out, will keep the trails looking green and fresh. The grass seed will take root and will eliminate muddy patches. Grass with seed mixture will have more long-term mud prevention.

Once the grass is growing, water it regularly. You may have to repeat this process two or three times before the grass takes hold. Once the grass seed has rooted, you can stop. Your muddy dog trail is now green turf and mud-free.

Solution 3: Permanent Fixes

If you want to make a lasting, long lasting change to the path you have created, you can purchase brick edging materials. The installation of edging bricks is a time-consuming and speciality job, however.

The other permanent solution is to replace the stones and other materials you used for your path with landscaping materials that are designed for a purpose similar to what yours is. A path along the edge of a flower bed, for example, would go better with pea gravel than with river rocks.

Solution 4: Easy Fixes

Solution 5: The Longer Route

If your goal is to avoid digging, you will need to reroute the path that your dog uses to do his business. If you accomplish this by rerouting your dog's path to a different part of the yard, you'll need to do it in a way that the dog will accept.

Here is how. Start at the original location. Take your dog's leash and walk away from the area, moving in a direction that will cause a dog to move away from the original spot. If your dog moves toward the spot that he was using, (when you make him go in an opposite direction) the scent becomes weaker at the original spot, and he will usually move away from there. Keep leading him in the new direction until the scent in the backyard is very weak. Then you will need to re-introduce your dog to the backyard if you want him to use that part of the yard again to go to the bathroom.

Step 3: Plants and Flowers That are Safe for Dogs

Dogs love bacon or ham, unless it is your dog. There are a few guidelines that you should follow with flowers. The best way to find out if your dog has a reaction to a certain type is to test it. If your dog is sensitive to flowers, they will most likely react to the pollen the flower produces.

If you have a puppy, you can plant these flowers in a pot outside and leave a small amount of the flower in the pot, then place it on the inside of the pot. If your puppy ingests the flower, it will be just a small amount. The best way to plant flowers for a dog is with a low-maintenance flower such as pansies or gerbera daisys.

Chrysanthemums are a great perennial flower. The only part of the flower that is not good for dogs is the leaves. It is a very hardy perennial flower, so it survives the winter, but we should also consider that not many dogs are outside during the winter months.

If your dog has been in contact with nasties such as barbed wire or thorny bushes, you may want to consider a hedge. Make sure you pick the right shrub for your dog’s size.


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