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Non Permanent Grass Dog Area Answered

I recently moved into a rental home that has no grass, rocks only.  My two large dogs are used to having a grass yard, so I am looking for a way to make them a raised bed-type grass area that I can deconstruct when I move in two years.  I'm thinking a wood frame with a plywood bottom, fill it with topsoil then adding sod on top of that.  The only problem is that I would like it to be fairly large, at least 25' X 25'.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  

(Sorry the photo is weird, it was taken through a screened porch.)

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Toga_Dan

3 years ago

astroturf

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Josehf Murchison

3 years ago

I would use a pond liner you should be able to get it 25' x 25', I would 26' x 26' so it covers the border, pond liner wont rot like plywood and it rolls up when you move.

Then a 4 inch border 2 x 4's should do.

Since sod doesn't need a lot of soil so put two inches of top soil on the pond liner.

Rolls of sod could be used by your dogs immediately compared to seeding the soil, you might not be able to use the grass pad for as much as 2 months with seed.

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LunyJosehf Murchison

Reply 3 years ago

Thanks. Pond liner sounds good, but do you think I should poke drainage holes? Or leave as is and just use less water?

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Josehf MurchisonLuny

Reply 3 years ago

How much rain do you get?

You did not say in your profile where you live and considering your description I would say you live in a water restricted area.

If you are not in a water restricted area just 4 or 5 holes about 1 inch with a felt cover over the holes to keep the top soil from eroding into the gravel under the liner.

If you are in a water restricted area no holes and water less. Check the bylaws, you may not be allowed to water your grass or only water the grass at certain times and days. I know in some states in the US you are not allowed to capture rain or water the lawn. So check first.

When you first lay the sod you will need to water it every night until the sod roots in the soil.

Here's a thought artificial turf or grass then you don't need to water just pin it down and roll it up when you move.

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Kiteman

3 years ago

Have you thought of asking permission to make a permanent patch?

You could make the case that you're increasing the value of the property by adding greenery.

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LunyKiteman

Reply 3 years ago

The property is in an sandy soil area where there are very few houses with grass and the owner has already told me I can do what I want, but it has to be gone when I move. Besides which, it would cost more than a boatload to remove the rocks and get the sand sod-ready and the owner will not contribute.