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Chris 05-28-2014 01:15 PM

what to do?
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Over the last 7 years I have put a few lawns in my back yard and have seeded and maintained like no other and am tired of it. I have two dogs and live in the armpit of hell. So between dog pee, dogs chewing off sprinkler heads and the sun and heat beating down it is close to impossible to keep a nice lawn. I had one summer that it stayed nice but I was out there several times a week and on the weekend fixing and repairing things.

The plan was to put in a pool this year but with a mishap at work that cost me a good amount and the fact that we are outgrowing this place at a fast rate we will likely be moving in the next few years so the pool idea has been put on hold. We will however probably get an above ground pool that will last a few years. My question is what to do with the rest of the yard? I like grass for many reasons but don't want the maintenance anymore. I like the idea of fake grass but don't know if it would hold up to the dogs? Also I have one dog that grazes like a cow and don't want to ruin her diet either. What should I do?

Here are a couple pics of what I have now and the section I am working with is probably 20 x 30 or so.

I brought home a couple of my tractors a few weeks ago prepping for the pool and getting rid of my planter wall that now I should have kept so that is pretty much how it looks and I hate it. I want a yard I don't mind hanging out in.

nealtw 05-28-2014 02:12 PM

Choosing the right grass for location and pets is key.

Chris 05-28-2014 02:25 PM

Problem is grass was not meant to live in this desert. I can keep it alive with extra water but at 300-400 a month I would rather not. I may try it out again but my 7 year fight I keep losing.

nealtw 05-28-2014 02:57 PM

So a well designed desert scape with a patch of grass for the dog to eat like people grow for indoor cats.

Chris 05-28-2014 04:17 PM

That is nice too. I will give it some thought. I want clean. I am tired of dirt everywhere and the dogs tracking it around. I guess DG would work for parts of that.

inspectorD 05-29-2014 05:44 AM

Concrete...painted green...:trophy:

Chris 05-29-2014 09:52 PM

So far thinking of making a larger patio and making a sidewalk around the perimeter and having a smaller lawn area to work with, still up in the air on fake lawn or real lawn. Real is cheaper now but more expensive in the long run and fake is more expensive now but will save much more in the long run.

havasu 05-30-2014 09:26 AM

I'd recommend a plastic lawn with a putting green. Tons of fun for the kids. Yeah, it will cost a bit more but water is just going to get more expensive down the road.

slownsteady 05-30-2014 10:04 PM

Don't know how a fake lawn will work for the dogs:confused: I can't imagine trying to clean up after them.

Chris 05-31-2014 12:11 AM

They say they work great but of course they will tell you everything you want to hear to get you to buy it. I don't know of anyone that has one or I'd ask. If I went that route I would keep my irrigation system so I could at least let it wash it off every now and then.

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