Our Transformed, Dog-Friendly Back Yard

Our back yard was in desperate need of a makeover. All of the rain and the shade from the tall trees resulted in lots of mud and moss in our back yard. We’ve tried to no avail to get grass to grow back there, but nothing seemed to work.

We met Wyatt of Gardening with Wyatt and his owners at Canines Uncorked last year. I remembered that they have a landscape design business, so I contacted them to see if they had any dog-friendly ideas for our back yard. They had some awesome ideas, so this past week the great folks at Rain Country Gardens transformed our back yard into a dog-friendly, suburban oasis.


The patch of grass that we could never get to grow
Our leggy rhododendrons
You have to love that Oregon moss
Our lonely garden bench
Another view of the old back yard
We needed some serious help in the back yard


Wyatt to the rescue!
Look at all that Wyatt got done in a few short days
A new path to the other end of the yard

The low plants should fill in to make a carpet of green.

No more leggy rhodies
Makes you want to stroll through the yard, doesn't it?
I love how inviting it all looks.
Kendall wants to know when you're coming over to help her enjoy her new back yard.

We’ll be sure to post pictures throughout the year as the plants fill in.

7 thoughts on “Our Transformed, Dog-Friendly Back Yard

  1. WOW! What a transformation, and so exciting! It looks spectacular. Both doggies are adorable, of course….and that helps! πŸ™‚

  2. Wow…looks great. We have an Airedale as well and he’s worn a path to all his favorite places. So you now have a heavy mulch & Plants that will fill in? Your Airdale hasn’t dug much?

  3. I have a very small back yard,with patio stones in a square design(i live in a town house)I have a BBQ,& a small round fire pit,& a round patio set.The grass all around it is gone,due to my 2 dogs.I love my little back yard.Just looks like on helluva an eye sore.you don’t even want to go back there.I love my hanging baskets,I place on the 2 large fences on either side of the yard.I have been told or read that I should lay down some kind of fabric where the grass used to be,& then lay 6 inches of pea gravel & then a couple of inches of river rock,because it’s easier on there feet.Do you have any suggestions???

  4. Hello,you have done some amazingly fantastic work. The project I need help with,needs to be on a very small budget.I live in a town house with a very small back yard.I live with 2 dogs that have completely destroyed the grass all around my square patio stones, which is the vocal point of my yard. I have a round patio set,a BBQ& a small round fire pit.I used to love my back yard,now I go out there just to pick up poop.I was thinking of using pea gravel,or river rock,something that wont hurt there feet.I was told I need to put some kind of fabric down,so the grass & weed’s wont come through & then @ least 6 inches of pea gravel or river rock.I need to go with what’s best for the dog’s comfort,looks nice& is low maintenence,. Do you have any suggestions??

    1. Terri,

      I don’t know much about gardening, but I will forward your question to Wyatt at Gardening with Wyatt. They’re the ones who did our back yard.

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