Covering Garden with Bark..A good idea for dogs?
Since the last time I posted on here, we have bought a new house. The garden was completely covered in large stones and decking which we have now removed and we're now at the point where the garden is down to just soil.
Our garden is in a sort of L shape but with the corner missing (if that makes sense). The main part of the garden runs along the back of the house and measures approx 8 x 12m. This is going to be 'our garden' with grass, patio, etc, etc,
The other part of the garden runs along the side of the house and measures approx 6.5 x 10.5m. This part of the garden is currently home to 2 sheds. Eventually, we want to split this area into two and paving both areas. One part will be for the dogs and one part will be an outdoor kitchen type area with the BBQ, etc. However, at present we can't afford to do this so we are looking for a quick and cheap solution to see us through the winter to prevent the dogs from getting filthy when they're let out.
So...as the area is currently unlevel, we were thinking of covering the entire area with bark which should be fairly soft on the dogs paws but I was wondering if I could have your thoughts on whether this is a good idea.
In theory, it would probably be cheaper to turf or seed the area but at least the bark will help to kill the bits of grass and weed that's there at present so that when we do pave the area, everything under the paving will be dead, but happy to listen to thoughts.