Two years after losing and mourning for our family dog we were ready for another dog. We got two! Lola is a 5 yr old that a co-worker could no longer care for (supposedly she's a basset mix, but the only basset we really see in her is her bark!) Hank is a 2 yr old rescue basset, he's very large - both physically and personality-wise!
The problem is, in the 2 yrs since our last dog died we've been able to get the yard looking nicer. We've planted a few evergreens and bushes, lavendar, forsythia, etc. The dogs are not in the yard that much as they get 2-3 nice walks every day. We've been trying to research and find some kind of solution, at least for the little yard they can go in when they need to 'potty.' The little yard is a smaller, fenced in area adjoining the larger yard. Just the traffic of them being in and out has worn down the grass and with all the rain it is now quite muddy. Also, Lola is a digger, so there are some holes now.
We've thought about mulch but that doesn't seem to be a great choice. There are some artificial products, I think they're kind of like the rubbery mulch-like stuff some children's playgrounds have. Has anyone tried anything that you can recommend? Thanks for any and all suggestions!