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Old 12-06-2009, 05:06 PM   #1
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I am looking for a way to reduce the amount of mud the dog gets on her while out in the backyard. There is a strip of dirt / mud she likes to lie in, which is about 50sq ft, and I would like to cover it with patio blocks. I searched online and the least expensive blocks I can find are $2.50/sq ft.
I am looking for something that won't cost more than about $50 for now.

It's probably too late to get patio blocks at HD or other Home Improvement stores, but maybe I could find some at a lumber yard.

Is there anything else (besides planting grass or shrubs) that might work?

Problem with grass is that the dog would just dig it up.

Any ideas that might work, and something I could do now when it's colder out?

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Old 12-06-2009, 05:26 PM   #2
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You do not buy "patio blocks" on line.

You go to a near by concrete block producer and ask if they have any patio stones (seconds or miscolored units). They are dirt cheap. They are typically about 8x16" and 1 5/8" thick. If you have dogs and stains, the dog won't care and you may never notice in the end.

Just make sure you have a well drained soil under them and adequate surface drainage.

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Is there anything else (besides planting grass or shrubs) that might work?
Ayuh,.... Find a Tear-down site,+ ask for some Used Bricks....

They'll do what you want to do,+ will probably be Free for the taking....
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You do not buy "patio blocks" on line.

You go to a near by concrete block producer and ask if they have any patio stones (seconds or miscolored units). They are dirt cheap. They are typically about 8x16" and 1 5/8" thick. If you have dogs and stains, the dog won't care and you may never notice in the end.

Just make sure you have a well drained soil under them and adequate surface drainage.

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You've brought up a good point. Drainage.
The area I want to install the blocks is between a fence and a brick "curb".
The drainage is poor, and that is why there is so much mud.
I think I better take care of that before I install any kind of block or brick.

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Ayuh,.... Find a Tear-down site,+ ask for some Used Bricks....

They'll do what you want to do,+ will probably be Free for the taking....
Thanks for the suggestion. I recall when I was a teenager, working odd-jobs I went to a demolition site and loaded up the car with bricks; we made several trips, and never paid a penny.
I'll have to look around for such sites.
By now though, I will have to get permission, as things have changed since I was a kid<g>

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I've picked up about 1,000 bricks, lots of pavers for free off Craigslist
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another possibility is just dump 10 yards of pebbles there and spread them out. (approx $100)
but if it's the dog's toilet, i'd go with concrete and use the hose to keep it clean.

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another possibility is just dump 10 yards of pebbles there and spread them out. (approx $100)
but if it's the dog's toilet, i'd go with concrete and use the hose to keep it clean.

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Concrete would be nice, but don't I still need gravel underneath?
That's something I'm going to think about doing in the spring.

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don't know your specific setup, but if it were me, i'd do a rectangle of concrete and put a dog house on it.

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don't know your specific setup, but if it were me, i'd do a rectangle of concrete and put a dog house on it.

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Two problems with that:
The dog won't use the dog house. She has one now, and I've seen her in it only twice in 3 years!

Second, and more important; I just realized that installing patio blocks, bricks, or concrete constitutes a change in the runoff characteristics, and thus requires a permit and approval by the township. A neighbor wanted to install patio blocks and was prohibited from doing so because it would affect drainage/soil absorption.

I would have to have a township inspector come out and discuss possible options.
I'm going to look for some tough grass that will grow in the shade. If I can get the grass to take hold, maybe the dog won't dig it up.
And I wouldn't need to pull any permits or get approval for planting grass

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perhaps a solution that would keep the dog clean, and not affect the drainage might be as simple as staking a sheet of Tyvek to the ground, or perhaps a heavy tarp? dog still feels cool on the ground, but stays clean. diggers may paw up the Tyvek, but less likely a strong/staked down tarp.

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There are a new form of block out -also used for driveways- that allows rainwater to virtually pass right thru
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A few of my neighbors used rubber pavers/tiles for their yards and patios and they are very happy with them. I am not sure if your dog could dig them up, but if you look for closeouts, clearance, or on craigslist, you may be able to get them for $2.00 a square foot. Normally they run about $5.50- $6.00. Good luck!

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