Almost five years ago we set up our dog run.  We sectioned off a part of the yard next to the deck and filled it with mulch.  This solution worked well, but it does take a bit of upkeep.  Upkeep is even more challenging when you must buy mulch by the bag instead of a truckload.  When you add over 200+ days of rain last year, it leads to chaos!

The dog run has been overtaken by weeds!  We decided to re-do the dog run and to re-do it better than we did 5 years ago.  We are fast tracking this project because Cody has decided it’s better to go in the house and with him taking Lasix for heart failure, he goes a lot!  They are also too prissy to get their precious paws wet to go outside when it’s at all wet.

A portion of the funds raised during my birthday fundraiser will be used for some of the materials.  Some of the materials we already purchased and some are listed on a separate Amazon Shopping List titled “Dog Run/Yard Project”.

  1. Mow and hose down with vegetation kill. I decided to also use a granular weed kill after the liquid for longer lasting results.
  2. Add heavy duty landscaping fabric and artificial turf to the area (28 ft x 15ft). Secure with yard staples.
  3. Install shade/rain cover waterproof sails. Position patio umbrellas to shield path from doggie door to ramp. (we have a couple of umbrellas in various conditions.  We are going to try and resurrect a couple).
  4. Cut space in deck railing closer to doggie door for ramp. (We got a great deal on a stainless steel ramp on Black Friday). Install ramp.
  5. Install x-pen across deck to divert everyone down the ramp.
  6. Fill in around the edges with mulch.
  7. Place garden statue of some kind to give the boys something to aim at.

Hopefully this setup will last for a number of years and be easier to maintain than the mulch alone.

If you have any of these items hanging around your shed or garage, we’d be happy to take them off your hands!

  • Landscaping Fabric
  • Artificial Turf
  • Yard Staples
  • Shade/Rain Sail Covers
  • Patio Umbrella, Stands, or Weights

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