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Posted: 09/11/2013 at 11:16

Hey all, again! Thank you all so much for your advice, got lots to think about. Definitely going to get the dog run up asap.

DayDaisy - I will get on to doing some research for the best type of grass then, there's so many! Haha. I agree with you on the gravel, I think we're thinking of soft woodchip in the dog run. So, have a bit of underlay (or the gardening version!) and then woodchip on top, so no mud on their paws What do you think?

Dave Morgan - I was going to clear the garden today, but it's raining cats and dogs! Will wait for it to stop (hopefully) and get out there and clear up as you have suggested with the pots etc. We aren't planning on growning anything really other than grass, would the soil not allow for that? As for plants etc, I think thats more my partners idea haha. So I'll have to see what she likes for that, but I will definitely tell her about the shrub idea.

Izz8 - We have definitely decided on the dog run! I can't believe we haven't thought of it before. I'm a bit of a jack of all trades so I'm thinking eventually I may end up building them some kind of fortress haha! We have just ordered a few mats online that were recommended to us by a friend who runs a doggy day care/walking business. So sdhe's used to lots of muddy dogs! I like the idea of the plastic, however, our conservatory is all brick and windows, so easily cleaned. But I will definitely reccomened it in future. 

Tina_i_am - You're positivness (is that even a word) about my garden is inspiring! Would you like to come round and fix it for me? Haha. It didn't take long at all to get that bad! I live in the South West and we got hit quite bad by the storm, hail, rain, wind, thunder, lightning! It was terrible. So bad that our conservatory actually split away from the house and cause a huge leak! All fixed now though, thank goodness! Clearing up as you suggested is on my to-do list today (providing it stops raining so badly, which is not helping my poor garden! Haha). The bin was a one off, we put it down the side of the garden during the storm as it's usually out front, we didn't want the risk of it getting blown over and going into the streets. We thought it would have been sheltered down the side of the house. We were wrong haha. Definitely going to look in to a hard wearing grass, just because of the children and the dogs, but not astro. My partner hates the stuff as if he boys fall over on it.... Well, I'll never hear the end of it! Haha.


So my current plan is to:

1) Clear garden of all rubbish, garden furniture and rubbish garden furniture!

2) Create a dog run.

3) Lay some hardwearing grass.


I think for now, number 3 can wait till after winter, but I will most definitely look into drainage of the lawn in the mean time.

I have a few questions about the dog run though. I plan on choping the trees down and putting the run there. How do I do that? Is it literally a case of getting my saw and cutting the things down? Also, I would like to place a underlay thing down and then soft woodchip on the top, so that its not muddy. Do I need to dig out the ground for this? Finally, I need an idea on how to have a "walk way" from the door to the run without the dogs getting muddy for the time being? What you you guys suggest?

Thanks again for all your great help! I will keep you all up dated on my adventure! Haha

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Posted: 07/11/2013 at 21:41

Hi all,

Thanks for your replies

Caravan Queen - My partner and I always make sure the garden is dodoo free before the children ever step foot outside, that's a nasty accident waiting to happen! Haha but I hear you concerm. I have tried the local college (great minds) but with no luck, this is going to be a job for my (un)capable hands.
As for what I want, I guess I would like somewhere that the dogs can use, and a seperate grassy area that the kids can play on.

DayDaisy - I'm liking the idea of plant pots, I forgot to mention that we are debating cutting the trees down at the back in order to create more space. Tougher grass and lawn drainage? Can you explain? I thought there was only one type of grass... Green! Haha.

DoveFromAbove - HUSKIES! Our old garden was completely paved so we didn't think twice about garden upkeep when we moved in here! Oops. Children are 4 & 8 and will play football till thier legs fall off haha. And it's definitely a "little as possible" job, but happy to spend more as time goes by.

Clueless Gardener - I like the idea of a fence, I'm thinking if we cut the trees down at the back, and put the fence up there, the dogs can roam freely there... That could be an excellent solution for the probelm I face right now. It would enable me to then repair the rest of the garden in the meantime. The matting could also work! Dogs are huskies.... So not far off a cow! Hahaa.

Please! Help!

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 16:26

Also. the mess you see is from when the winds knocked the bins over :/

Please! Help!

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 16:23

So, I am a complete newbie when it comes to gardening so please be kind

We recently moved to a LOVELY house with a lovely garden. Unfortunatley a mixture of two big dogs and the terrible weather, the garden is.... Well... A lost cause.

We have children too, and they can't play outside because of the state the garden is in. My office window looks right out to the garden, so I have to close my blinds all day because it makes me sick to look at!

I just need some advice on where to start? The whole thing was grass when we moved in, but we are not opposed to having some gravel or something, but would definitely want some grass for the children to play on.

With it coming to winter now, I'm not sure wether I'm to leave it and wait till the weather is better or start now?? Also, as you can probably tell, our house is CONSTANTLY covered in mud from when the dogs come in. I wipe their paws as best I can, but I worry about them being out there... It's not good for them either.

Please be kind, and reserve judgement. It's not like I went out there and ruined it myself! Just needing some help to fix this god awful mess.




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