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Back Yard Potty Setup- Pea Gravel? Astroturf?
We have a completely dug-up, small (about 18 x 40) back yard and less than 5 weeks to at least get the potty area in.
My husband excavated most of the old sod last year - by hand with a shovel - god knows why he didn't rent a sod cutter, apparently he likes a challenge. Last week he rototilled everything, including what was left of the weedy sod, so we pretty much have a blank slate.
Somehow we are hoping to combine in this tiny space a veggie garden, newly sodded area for play and tight RLH, and a potty area. Since the potty zone has to be fairly small if we want to keep a clean area for playing and food-growing, I am thinking of using either pea gravel or astroturf-type material in a contained section just off the driveway, since I don't think grass will survive the daily peeing in that small of a space (no more than about 5 x 5 feet).
Does anyone have experience with either of these materials for that purpose? My breeder uses pea gravel as of recent months/years and says she wishes she would have done it sooner. I think with proper drainage and a bacteria-eating enzyme occasionally, that could be a good solution. I have heard some dogs will eat the pea gravel, though, and that's why I was considering some type of astroturf - apparently it's used in dog runs at boarding kennels, etc., and cleans up well. We will have to shovel snow off of it in the winter, too.
Any ideas or alternate suggestions would be much appreciated!