How to fix awful back yard?


I have 2 big dogs who love to run and dig deep holes that yard looks like a motor track. just weeds and more weeds. want dogs to be happy but also want an even and pretty yard with plants and not continually fill in great big holes. help!

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  • Jcraw Jcraw on Aug 06, 2018

    I think you can’t accomplish a great yard unless you build a dog run or get tethers. The tether gives them 360degree freedom, and you get to decide which part of the yard you want civilized.

    Or build a raised deck.

    Check out the reviews for these, they often include great advice about the dogs adapting to this new restrictions.

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Aug 06, 2018

    My first recommendation is to build a dog sandbox somewhere in your yard. Once you do this you will train them to dig there by burying treats, and other dog toys for them to dig up. We did this with our dog and it was a huge success. For the weeds put vinegar in a weeds sprayer to kill them. The stronger the vinegar the faster it'll work - but don't spray the weeds in your grass as it will kill the grass as well.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Aug 06, 2018

    Oh dear, I know exactly how you feel. We put fake grass down along the fence where our fur babies keep on running and that helped a lot. Best of luck

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    • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Aug 08, 2018

      I forgot to mention. Something that worked for us when it came to digging holes is to take some dog poo (sorry I know it sounds gross) and put it in the hole they dug before closing it up again. They don't like digging up their own poo and it's good for the soil too. If you know who your master dog is (the leader of the pack) it's best to use theirs to fill the hole.

  • Grandmaquilts Grandmaquilts on Aug 06, 2018

    Before you fill the holes, insert chicken wire or hardware cloth.

    covering with a couple of inches of soil. If needed, sprinkle in hot pepper flakes. Be prepared for some sore paws until they realize they can't dig anymore. You may have to line the perimeter of the lawn with an attractive gravel where they run.

  • My husband burried garage door springs in their favorite spots to keep them from digging. Eventually they ran out of places to dig. He's a garage door guy though so I know that wouldn't exactly be cost effective for everyone. Maybe make a little gated in area just for them? Or a dog run so they'd still get to exercise but couldn't access the whole yard

  • Maryellen Good Maryellen Good on Aug 06, 2018

    I also have two big dogs. I had a cement company put a cute walkway around my yard. I always had mud and no grass. It is pressed brick. Of course it was a few thousand dollars.

    • CJ CJ on Aug 07, 2018

      that would be a great idea and what I would love to do but out of my range of money.

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