dire need of ideas/yard/patio with pet rescue (pics)
Would love some help/suggestions for a worthy problem! (Pic link below)
We are in dire need of some ideas for landscape/hardscape advice before we invest in a patio area. Have tried speaking directly to various landscape folks around us but can't seem to find someone who grasps our particular needs. (If this is too much info, please excuse!! We've poured over every site and book we can find but can't quite put together a plan or solid idea!)
We run a non profit pet rescue from our home, so we have specific needs for the issue of 5-8 dogs of varying size coming into and out of the house into the yard. We are blessed to have acreage and have approx 3 acres fenced for them for daily exercise (they sleep in and live in the house with us, so we can assess them ,work with them, housetrain, etc...) We would like a way to have a small area for ourselves (fenced off) for and relaxing and/or for the dogs to visit with potential adopters, etc. We need a plan for 'funneling' them out our office door into their bigger area. In a manner that eliminates the need to mow/trim in that area, etc.
Recently we had to have our yard torn apart and releveled due to drainage/flood issues so we are starting from scratch entirely, had a retaining wall, old heaving concrete area removed.
Even though we are on a tight budget, we'd like it to look nice and welcoming since we do have frequent visitors to see the adoptable pets. And a plan that allows them to discard as much mud/dirt/etc, from their paws as they run into the house. We like a more natural look then formal...so far the only idea I can come up with is something like a concrete aggrigate (sp?) poured patio and 'sidewalk' type of run with flagstone or other natural stone border to tie it in together perhaps. Can't quite come up with an appealing fencing /funnel set up to keep them out of the biggest area of the yard , away from the windows...where they love to paw to demand reentry to the house!
We do have pictures posted from during the yard destruction and current state.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!! We had wonderful lawn, arbor's wisteria, etc...before we had to deal with drainage problem and have the place torn apart.
Here is a link that might be useful: Our pet yard woes