I have quite a bad problem with my back green/lawn being a mud pit. I can't afford to do anything with it until the spring time, but is there anything I can do as a temporary measure to cover the muddy areas up? I'm not fussed about the grass dying off as I need to get rid of it anyway. With all the heavy rain we now have, the grass is just not a good option anymore.
It's basically square in shape. I'm not very good about estimating meters but I would reckon about 6 or 7 meters. We have a boundary of rose bushes and fir trees. But as I said the grass is just a wasteland.
I just laid a bunch of mulch down in an area of my lawn that is low. It doesn't help that the dogs run the fence line back there nonstop with the other person's dog is out so the ground gets seriously abused and it has turned into a swamp/mud pit. I laid mulch and I'll deal with it in the spring. It's better than long-haired muddy dogs.
theherbivorehippi - that's one of the problems I have. The dogs have basically the full use of the green at the back - and basically they almost need a bath everytime they come in!! I hadn't thought about mulch, that might just work!
sawdust, shredded paper, wood chips (not redwood), compost, etc can all be added to muddy areas. The goal would be to add something in that will break down as the lawn fills in. Along the fence where the dogs run, replace the lawn with pea gravel... this will keep the damage from the dogs at a minimum and keep their feet cleaner next year. THis plan helps to amend the soil at the same time...
You are welcome... If one must labor... find a way to make the task a reward and benefit the problem you will face next spring... Any of these suggestions can be carried out in small segments as time allows.
We also laid down mulch thinking that it would be a relatively inexpensive temporary fix but it worked so well that we've made it permanent. We keep the mulch in the places that the dogs walk through on their way back into the house and then we've been adding small river rock to their actual pathways (like where they run the fence to say hello to the neighbors dogs).
Try throwing sand down on it. We have an area where the water flows down from the neighbors to our yard and makes me very angry. Until we dug it up and put a drainage hose in, we used sand and even through the ash over it from our charcoal grill. These things helped soak up a lot of the moisture. Eventually we dug it up and layed a drainage hose in and through to the hill on the other side of the house. We covered this with gravel and sad, before covering it back up with dirt and grass. It was not very expensive but the shoveling was pretty tiresome. All in all, it works!!