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Old 05-05-2010, 09:03 PM
 
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I have been looking through pictures of homes for sale in the Grand Junction area, and, coming from greener pastures, I was fascinated by the desert style yards I am seeing in many. I have two very large dogs that are accustomed to using the yard for their business and wondered about the scooping of poo off what looks to be a rocky mulch? It sounds an awkward endeavor...I just had to ask if anyone there lets their dogs potty in the yards and how that goes on the non grassy surfaces. Must you replace pebbles periodically?
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:08 AM
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Or hose them off.
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:11 AM
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Whether it's a corny question depends on what you feed your dogs, I suppose.

I'm not in GJ, but live in Springs and have yard which is partially turf and partially xeriscaped (working on reducing the turf and changing what remains to some native grasses). For whatever reason, the dogs prefer to go on the gravel rather than the turf, perhaps because they play on the grass. So, I have to deal with this issue. Frankly, you just have to deal with the fact that you're throwing some gravel away with the dog dookie. The other options (other than not having dogs) are to wait for it to decompose naturally (which obviously will smell if your dogs are very big) or spend an inordinate amount of time separating the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. The unfortunate thing is that you're contributing to mining pressure when it comes time to top off the gravel owing to this small but persistent loss. But the good news is that gravel is not in short supply, and this is still more environmentally friendly than maintaining an all-turf lawn in the desert or a semi-arid region.
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:44 AM
 
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Part of GJ has irrigation water for yards and in part of GJ you must use house water for your yard. So you will find a lot of grass in some areas (irrigation water is not drinkable but is cheap) and a lack of grass in other parts (lots of the Redlands area). But one can always add a small patch of grass. I've seen that in yards that don't have irrigation water but do have pets.
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Old 05-06-2010, 12:32 PM
 
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I supposed it depends on the consistency of your dog's poo.
What's Your Poo Telling You - Ask Dr. Stool
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Old 05-06-2010, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I supposed it depends on the consistency of your dog's poo.
What's Your Poo Telling You - Ask Dr. Stool
LOL great post.
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Old 05-06-2010, 06:53 PM
 
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Thank you all for sharing these insights with me
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:53 AM
 
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I lived in Grand Junction for 7 years and had irrigation water the entire time. However, we still had quite a bit of gravel and actually trained our dog to do her business there. It was easier to clean up, IMO and also kept the grass green, poo free, and nice to walk on.

I really want to put some gravel in at my new home for this exact purpose. Now that we have all grass, the dogs must use it and they seem to go wherever the urge takes them! Makes for quite a few poopy shoes.
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Old 05-13-2010, 02:40 PM
 
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I lived in Grand Junction for 7 years and had irrigation water the entire time. However, we still had quite a bit of gravel and actually trained our dog to do her business there. It was easier to clean up, IMO and also kept the grass green, poo free, and nice to walk on.

I really want to put some gravel in at my new home for this exact purpose. Now that we have all grass, the dogs must use it and they seem to go wherever the urge takes them! Makes for quite a few poopy shoes.

Thanks for your post. may I ask what method of poo removal you used on the gravel? thanks!
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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Thanks for your post. may I ask what method of poo removal you used on the gravel? thanks!
LMAO!!! This post is giving me a good chuckle. I just used a poop scoop and bucket. We had really small gravel though, most dime sized or smaller, so if I threw some out, it didn't really matter. The one good thing about the GJ heat is that it dries it up pretty fast and it's easy to remove!
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