Growing grass on a patio?

We have a 6' x 9' fenced patio which is also covered by the patio above us. It receives partial sun from the northwest, and rain falls between the floorboards above. We would like to install a doggie door to allow our dogs to have a fenced in area to "do their business." Is it possible to grow grass on the concrete patio? Frame it, fill it with dirt and lay sod?

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  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Feb 25, 2018
    Yes, just as you described it. But are you sure that is enough space for your dog? And your patio will smell like doggie do most of the Time. ☺️
  • It can be done, and have you considered one of the newer faux grass options? You can just hose off when needed.
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    • I have never used it either and just know that due to the drought here in CA many people are installing the new generation faux grass. Thought it might be something to consider. I get that the dogs may not use it as intended as it doesnt "smell" like the yard and they would be hesitant. If you go with the sod idea, I would build a box frame, place some gravel on the bottom then a layer of good composted soil, then the sod. Or at least that is how I would do it. I have 6 dogs, 6 cats and a doggie door, I couldn't live without it. I make sure to gather them all up at dusk and take the dogs out to potty a few times during the evening and before I go to bed.
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 25, 2018
    Yes, but if it rains it may get rather muddy if you have no drainage. Or could use Artificial turf..............Maybe (No cutting required.)
    • Deborah Carrithers Deborah Carrithers on Feb 25, 2018
      The plan is to angle the surface underneath toward the edges and perforate any liner we use to allow water to drain that direction. Does that sound plausible?
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 26, 2018
    Yes it could work.............
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