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There’s nothing more beautiful than watching a Newfie run through the yard flinging mud with every step that they take.
You can’t help but focus in on each paw as it digs deep into the land where lush green grass once grew.
I’m kidding about the beautiful part but not so much about everything else.
We had a beautiful back yard up until we had 2 adult Newfs
1 spring with 2 grown Newfies, 1 of which was a wild child, and the yard was trashed.
We spent a few years trying to come up quick fixes but eventually, we gave in and poured a stamped concrete patio.
It didn’t take away all the dog mud but it took away the worst area and it was well worth the investment.
Quick and Cheap Ways To Reduce Dog Mud In Your Yard
Buy some straw.
Straw was our go-to cheap and easy fix for many seasons. I would get a bag of it from a local feed store and spread it out in the deepest mud areas.
The pros of straw are that it’s cheap and easy to put down.
The cons are that, depending on how muddy your yard is, it won’t last long and it gets tracked into the house. Straw is also is known to harbor bacteria and smells when urinated on regularly.
You’ll have to rake it up and throw down new straw throughout the muddy season.
Create a different path
We bought some cheap plastic fencing and every few days would re-route the main path that leads out to the yard. The dogs still got muddy but not as bad as if they were taking the same path day after day.
It also saved us from having to replant grass.
This is not a choice that I would personally use for a dog like the Newfoundland but for dogs with shorter hair sand may be a temporary way to cover up the mud. Just be careful that if it’s in the direct sun that it doesn’t get too hot in the summer.
Since Sherman was attracted to eating mulch, this wasn’t an option for our yard but many have said they used it and it worked well.
Mulch is a great temporary solution but it tends to harbor bacteria and fungus so it isn’t a great permanent solution for areas of your yard that a dog will use frequently.
Another substance that wasn’t allowed in our yard due to Leroy being obsessed with eating rocks, but it’s a great option for a big or small muddy yard.
A friend once told me that they fenced off an area of their yard and used crushed limestone chips. Limestone chips are used in many dog parks.
Limestone helps to keep down the smell of urine and feces due to its natural lime properties. It also drains well and is easy to hose down.
If you have a fenced yard, this is also a great way to reduce mud around the perimeter where your dog most likely walks the most to patrol the yard.
Permanent Ways To Reduce Dog Mud In Your Yard
Lawn Grids can be temporary or permanent. They are designed to reinforce lawns and other grassy areas to prevent mud and damage to the ground.
You can fill the grids with stone, dirt or seed them for grass to grow. Once the grass has grown, the grid becomes invisible but it resists wear and compression.
They are often used outside of horse stables, driveways or as a storage pad for a boat, RV or small shed.
My dad used a type of grid for a small area in his yard several years ago and it worked great.
We used to always joke that if we had the money we would just concrete the whole backyard.
Not always practical with dogs because it will get hot in the summer and icy in the winter but when you’re knee deep in mud, you’re searching for a way out.
Eventually, we compromised and added a large stamped concrete patio. This was the answer for us and our backyard layout because it eliminated the mud pit that was always right in front of the entrance.
That was our worst offending area and now the dogs walk out onto a concrete patio that is 30 feet long and they can go in any direction that they please.
Don’t get me wrong, we still have mud in our yard but we no longer have a mud pit.
We looked into this many times and it just wasn’t in our budget due to the size of our yard. Our yard isn’t big but it’s also not small.
The design of artificial grass allows for water and urine to pass through, so it does not puddle. It is a soft surface, similar to natural grass
Kennel decking typically comes in sections that lock together to fit the size of your dog run. The decking is designed to sit above the ground and allows for drainage and easy cleaning. Most brands are chew proof, weatherproof and resist bacteria and insects.
Kennel decking is not ideal for an entire backyard but may work for a specific muddy spot.
Is It Possible To Have Grass And Not Mud When You Have Dogs?
When you have a large dog like a Newfoundland, mud is inevitable no matter what you do
Somewhere in the backyard, there will be muddy spots and the dogs will find them and bring the mud in the house.
When we removed our pool deck, much to my surprise, we were able to grow grass.
We had to section off that area of the yard for a full year so that the dogs couldn’t walk on it but 2 years later the grass has held up.
The boys still find mud but we follow a few fun tips on dealing with muddy dog paws and know that the mud while annoying at times, will not last forever