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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old 04-12-2009, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Smile A dog friendly yard

We finally finished relandscaping our backyard to make it dog-friendly (and people-friendly too). After 2 1/2 weeks of waiting for the sod to take root, we were finally able to let Lincoln and Scout out yesterday to break in the new yard.

And they broke it in, literally, ha ha.

Seriously, some of the smaller plants didn't survive a RLH. I blocked off those areas with a 15" high wire fence for now. The fence is black, made of thin metal, and you can barely see it. Lincoln went crashing into it during another RLH and bent it with his furry bulk (I fixed it later).

After some serious marking, sniffing, RLHing, both boys hopped up to relax on my new lounge chairs under a shady umbrella. Totally spoiled!







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Oh my gosh, that's gorgeous. We're about to have ours re-sodded with a mulch area in back where my husband can build some raised veggie beds. Also a semi-circular gravel potty area.

We have a much smaller yard and a tight budget, but I really like all the curves in your landscape. Do they stay on the grass for the RLH, or cruise at breakneck speed through the mulch with everything going flying?

I have our layout loosely planned with our landscape guy already, but yours inspires me to ask him to consider a few more curves. We won't be doing pavers, but maybe we'll recycle some slate tiles. Thanks for posting!
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Hi Diane,

Actually, my yard is small. The length along the back fence is 50'.

I wish they would stay on the path, but when they RLH, they pretty much crash into everything! One will end up rolling the other and they can end up anywhere (in the garden, on the grass, etc.) My friend is a landscape designer, and she did the design for me - I love all the curves too!

The mulch was an issue. Another friend with Havs advised me against getting the shredded redwood mulch - it sticks to their hair like glue. This is redwood bark mulch, in a fine size (pieces are about 1/4-1/2"). Some gets stuck in their hair, but it brushes out pretty easily.

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Jane I LOVE it!!!! I was addicted to watching it come together and the end results are so amazing. Glad to see Lincoln and Scout out and enjoying it as well.

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What lucky pups!
I'd love to come over and RLH through that lovely yard myself!

Jean, Riley and Zeus!
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Thanks Jane, I'll mention that to him about the mulch, I think he was going to use a finer shredded hardwood that's supposed to break down nicely. The area we have to work with is only about 18' x 40', deeper than wide. We'd have double that if it weren't for the 2 car detached garage, and I sometimes entertain thoughts of tearing it out, particularly because it's getting a little dilapidated and will be spendy to fix up, but it's an awful nice convenience, the automatic doors still work, and I'm sure it adds value to the property.

Before we decided to get the puppy this year, the original plan was to plant the entire thing with veggies and flowers, a real garden of eden, though we still can't afford a nice privacy fence (making do with the ugly rusting chain link for now). We've reduced the planting space to the back 10 feet or so & allowing about a foot along the side, and she won't have a large area to run, but it's better than nothing. We're hoping a privacy fence will be in the budget in the next year or two, hopefully sooner than later because there is a new, big, scary Rotweiler kitty corner behind us now. I printed your pic and I'm going to show it to my landscaper for inspiration. We really lucked out and found someone knowledgeable, honest and reasonably priced who's willing to work without our budget.
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Jane, it's BEAUTIFUL! I'll bet the boys are loving it. I'll bet you will enjoy sittling out there with a cup of coffee or tea too. Your designer did a great job. I like the lounge chair. It looks comfy.

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Jane it is absolutely perfect!!! and the boys look like they love their new yard... and as far as rumpled gardens and bent fences....well it won't be new much longer and you won't mind as much. I love your lounge chairs!!!




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congratulations, Jane, on your gorgeous new yard. what a beautiful day here in the Bay Area on which to inaugurate it !



HAV A GREAT DAY ! ~~AMY & BISCUIT~~
and HEATH-Y, TOO !
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Jane the yard and the boys look great. When we brought Snugs home the first day my friend Frankie and I sat in the backyard and watched him and Bess tear up the hyacinths, daffodils, tulips, and ground cover. I spent time this weekend planting new plants (not sure why???) I am looking for some sturdy but attractive wrought iron planting bed fencing. If you see any let me know.
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