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Does anyone have any tips for keeping the lawn from getting so poached over the winter? Our back door leads onto the grass and it becomes very poached over the winter with the dogs running in and out. It becomes so muddy and it gets trailed into the house. Last year we had to re- turf it in spring. I tried fencing a bit of it off with bamboo and wire but it tends to blow down and wondered if anyone has any other ideas.

Last edited: 27 January 2018 10:28:20


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,036

    Dogs and lawns really don't mix in the winter ... sometimes not in the summer either, if it's a small lawn and the dogs are very active.  It's hard to know what to advice other than more substantial fencing and an area of play-bark type stuff for the dogs image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • FallonFallon Posts: 72

    Thanks for your reply Dovefrom above. I suppose I am looking for an answer where there is not one, but hoping there is something out there.

  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    Friends of ours have trained the dogs to go on a barked area outside the back door and they no longer get burn patches from the high nitrogen pee either. 

    Advice for muddy lawns is to keep off of it but tough with dogs, unless you take them out the front? 

    Last edited: 27 January 2018 14:31:44

  • FallonFallon Posts: 72

    Thank you for your replies all. If I spread bark in the worst area wouldn't I just have to lift it again in spring to allow the grass to come through?

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