What is the best way to maintain a dog pen area to minimize mud?

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What is the best way to maintain a dog pen area to minimise tracking in mud, and minimizing odors?

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  • Jonah Quinn Jonah Quinn on Jun 24, 2018
    Around here it is pretty nice to use pea gravel. They are small and smooth so they won't tear up the dogs feet, but large/heavy enough the dogs won't track them outside the pen.

    Also what is really nice is that to keep the area "fresh", is pretty easy. After picking up the solid wastes, if it is too smelly spray the area with some enzyme cleaner (from the pet store).

    If it isn't too smelly, just hose it down with some water to dilute the urine. You won't need to worry about mud from the water, because you will have a few inches of pea gravel down (on top of landscape fabric - or else the gravel will work into the soil & you will have to keep 'topping it off', as it disappears). Eventually you will need to add more pea gravel from time to time, but with the fabric under it shouldn't be too often.

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Jun 24, 2018
    Patty, have you looked at the recent rubber mulches? They are beautiful, won't track or blow away and you can water it down regularly to prevent odors from accumulating

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jun 25, 2018
    I like the suggestion of Pea Gravel! One way to minimize odor is to put out Lime frequently. It is a MUST!!! Use the pellet kind to minimize tracking it in and when you apply, water it in.

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    • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jun 26, 2018
      From all I have read, it does not hurt pets but gets rid of odor. We have used it for decades and have never had trouble with it harming our dogs. We put it out and then water it in.

  • Patty Adams Patty Adams on Jun 25, 2018
    Thank you so much. I will try this