Posted by Lucretia Marcus, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Jun 6, 2008 at 12:18 pm
I have THE solution. It's an artificial grass made specifically for dogs called "K9 Grass" (www.K9Grass.com). It is dense and well designed to withstand the rigors of dog traffic and only needs water to hose it off occasionally. It is used by many kennels/vet clinics and several dog parks in the South Bay.
We have installed K9 grass in half of our dog run and our dogs love it. They use it just as they would real grass but with no wear and tear and it looks great! I kept half the run in pea gravel and this area seems to satisfy my "diggers."
While K9 grass was not cheap to install, it solved the watering issue, the mud in the winter issue and the maintenance issue. It's a dream to keep clean and looks great.
Perhaps a combination of the two different surfaces - K9 grass and pea gravel - would delight the pickiest dog.