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guiri
08-02-2012, 03:05 AM
Guys, I have around 1/4 acre of property and I have trees everywhere. My property is very shady/shaded and I don't have much worth of grass.
What this means is that my dogs, constantly drag in dirt when they go in and out.

I'm sick and tired of this and I want to do something about it. Short of paving the whole thing or putting in gravel which I don't have the money for, nor want to do, I don't know what to do but I keep thinking there must be something that'll grow thick and strong to make sure they have something to walk and run on that'll keep their paws clean.

The property is very rocky and because of that, tends to keep water from soaking into the ground quickly and at the bottom of the property (it slopes) it's usually continuously muddy.

There IS one area that has plenty of grass and very thick grass and I would like the whole property looking like that.

I CAN fence of part of the property while I treat it and then do the other part.

I can provide layout and pics if necessary.

Also, at least one of my dogs tends to dig holes all over the yard but NEVER where there is grass or thick grass which is another reason I want to do this. I'm tired of the yard looking like damn swiss cheese.

I'm in NC, close to Charlotte if anyone wonders what the climate's like.
Hot and humid in the summer and this year we've had a lot of rain. It used to be that summers were dry but now with the climate going apeshit, things seem to have changed.
Winters are mild and in the fall, it rains A LOT.

Thanks for any help. Also, if someone that really knows what they're doing and wants to do this (in my area), I can trade for either webdesign or stuff as I have lots of cool stuff.

Note, this wasn't intended as some kind of ad but I thought I'd mention it if someone here can do it and wants to trade.

Please let me know what options I have, IF I have any.

Thanks

George

guiri
08-03-2012, 06:46 AM
Well, I can't figure out how to edit my post but it should be advice and NOT adviceS...I'm so stooooooopid.

cgaengineer
08-03-2012, 07:29 AM
If you keep dogs outside it will be hard to get grass to grow...this time of year and the fact it's rocky.
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guiri
08-03-2012, 11:39 PM
Well, I can close off part of the yard and work on that and then do the other part.

Do I have any options at all?

Thanks

cgaengineer
08-04-2012, 12:13 AM
Well, I can close off part of the yard and work on that and then do the other part.

Do I have any options at all?

Thanks

Astro turf comes to mind...
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guiri
08-04-2012, 01:25 AM
What kinda money is that and is that fake stuff or real grass?

wrager
08-05-2012, 11:53 AM
I planted some creeping rasberry to keep a hill in place. It's not aggressive like ivy.

http://www.forestryimages.org/browse/detail.cfm?imgnum=5403900

DON'T plant Ivy; see what I found in mine next to my driveway where the kids play.

cgaengineer
08-05-2012, 11:56 AM
That's a purrty snake! I caught one a few years ago and let him go far away from my house.
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guiri
08-05-2012, 12:43 PM
WIll it give me ground cover and do I need to close off a section of the yard to give them a chance to grow?

Will the dog get tangled up in it if they run? I dont' want them getting hurt..

Other choices?

guiri
08-05-2012, 01:03 PM
Well, I found roll out grass cheap at wal mart so I might just give that a shot. If it's as easy as they say, I might do that all over the yard.

Hmmm...

Pooswa
08-11-2012, 01:22 PM
Well, I found roll out grass cheap at wal mart so I might just give that a shot. If it's as easy as they say, I might do that all over the yard.

Hmmm....

What is this product you found?

Edit:Never mind found it..

guiri
08-11-2012, 03:45 PM
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Roll-Out-Grass-25-sq-ft/19895863

I figure at this price, I can afford to try it a few times.

Is there any season you CANNOT plant this?

Thanks