You love the four-footed members of your family but you don’t love what they are doing to your yard! Though this open space is the perfect play area, it also becomes a place to dig holes and tear up expensive grass. Here are ways to make the yard enjoyable for both humans and canines, creating a space for both, without spending too much money.
You will need:
• 2×6 timber
• Wooden posts
• Wooden gate
• Rubber matting
• Quick dry concrete
• Adhesive tape
• Landscape fabric
• Metal anchors for landscape fabric
• Gate latch
• Fencing panels
• Crushed gravel
• Galvanized lag screws
• Utility knife
• Metal stakes
• Metal brackets for wooden gate
• Post hole digger
• Measuring tape
Step 1: Use the saw, drill, and nails to create a frame from the 2×6 timber that will serve as a framework for a dog run. Consider using recycled timber that is a combination of recycled plastic and scrap wood. It is durable and long lasting so you should not need to replace the structure for many years.
Step 2: Secure the frame into the ground where the dog run will go. Hammer one spike into the ground at a corner of the box. Anchoring one corner allows you to see how crooked the frame is and make adjustments. Take a measurement of 4 feet from an outside corner and make a mark on the timber. Measure and mark 3 feet on the adjacent corner. If the length between the two marks measures 5 feet, the area is squared away.
Step 3: Tap metal stakes into the ground around the interior of the frame, tapping them in 3 to 4 inches deep and then attaching them to the timber by drilling a screw through them into the wood. This keeps the box secure when the dogs play in it.
Step 4: Roll the landscape fabric out in the interior of the frame. Attach it to the ground with the metal anchors.
Step 5: Pour the crushed gravel over the landscape fabric to create a smooth substrate for the rubber floor. After filling the area with the gravel, smooth it with a rake. Drag a piece of scrap lumber over the width of the area and use the tamper for additional smoothing.
Step 6: Roll out the rubber matting and use the measuring tape and utility knife to cut it to the length and width of the frame. If the matting is not wide enough to fill the entire frame, cut two pieces to the proper dimensions and use adhesive tape to seal the seam.
Step 7: Create walls and a gate opening for the frame, using the fencing panels, a gate, wooden posts, a post hole digger, metal brackets, galvanized lag screws, and a wrench. For added stability, dig holes that are 1/3 the length of the posts.
Step 8: After putting the posts into the ground and tapping them down, secure them with mixed quick-dry concrete.
Step 9: Attach a latch for the gate so you can easily access the area.