We’ve put together a simple guide on how to make an outdoor dog potty area & potty station with pea gravel in your yard.
A few advantages to an outdoor dog potty area and potty station compared to letting a dog poop on the grass or in the garden are:
- Your grass/lawn won’t get burnt and develop pee patches
- Your dog won’t kill your plants and flowers
- It will make your yard look cleaner
- It’s much quicker to pick up your dogs poop with a pooper scooper from the one area than it is to walk all over your lawn and garden picking up from different areas
Let’s check out the ‘how to’…
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
How To Make An Outdoor Dog Potty Area & Potty Station With Pea Gravel: DIY Guide
Before Your Start…What Will You Need?
- Weed Barrier with permeable holes – DeWitt Weed Barrier Fabric (on Amazon)
- Soil compacting and levelling Tamper tool (optional) – True Temper Tamper (on Amazon)
- Treated outdoor pine border, or landscaping edging with ground stakes – Check out landscaping edging, border and stakes like Master Mark’s Plastic Terrace Border on Amazon
- Pea gravel, crushed stone, sand, or potty fill of your choice – grey or dark fill is better so it shows less marks. It’s best to get a few large bags from your local gardening and hardware store
1. Choose an area of your yard for the potty area or potty station to go, and mark it out
The best areas are somewhere off to the side of your yard, or behind a bush that is still accessible to your dog.
Mark out the area with some white chalk or powder, and consider making it bigger if you have large or giant dogs like Germans Shepherds or St. Bernards for example.
2. Clear the soil of rocks and weeds, and flatten or compact the area
Now you want to clear the area so there is just soil left.
Get rid of any rocks and stones, and pull out any weeds in the area. Spray a herbicide if you have to.
It’s optional, but some people like to flatten out the soil and compact it with an inexpensive soil Tamper tool.
3. Lay down some permeable weed barrier fabric/material
Once you have the area marked and cleared, you want to lay down some weed barrier to stop weeds coming through.
Get a weed barrier with permeable fabric/holes so that urine and other waste can seep through to the soil, aswell as water.
Cut the plastic to size, or lay it down through the area in strips.
4. Lay down and fasten an edging or border to the area
To keep everything inside the potty station, you need to put down a raised border.
Pick something lightweight and durable like some treated outdoor 2 x 4 wood, or you can buy pre made landscaping edging or border which you simply fasten down with stakes for quite cheap.
Some people choose to use bricks (for added strength) for the garden side borders with soil on the other side, and wood or landscaping edging for the other borders that only have to hold in the potty area fill.
5. Fill the potty area with a fill of your choice – pea gravel, crushed stone or sand
The last step is to fill the potty station
Fill the area with pea gravel which you can grab from a local garden store. A few large bags should do.
Some people also might used fine crushed stone or sand.
Darker fill works better as it leaves less marks when your dog goes number 2.
Cleaning your outdoor dog potty area and potty station…
It’s very easy to clean your dog’s potty area.
Simply come past with a pooper scoop once every few days, or once a week, and scoop up the poop and dispose of it as normal.
Make sure you don’t leave it too long between cleans as your dog may start looking for other places to go potty in the yard.
You may consider every so often replacing the pea gravel if it starts developing odors such as urine.
You could also try an outdoor odor eliminator spray, although that tends to be more short term relief, and it’s probably more effective replacing the gravel or fill.
Here’s an example of a quick to make dog potty area with pea gravel:
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