Recycled Materials Landscaping Dog Lots and Runs

12 Jul

Not only are recycled materials used in landscaping but also for our 4 legged friends, our dogs.

I love our 3 dogs we purchased from the Guilford County Animal Shelter. I have designed their dog lot with comfort and function in mind by using various leftover stone, brick, wood and roofing material. Nothing but the best for Greta, Monty and Moby.

This is the entrance of their dog lot. It was built within a wooded area to provide shade in the summer and sun in the winter. I had some brick, boulders and stone leftover from some of my landscape projects and decided to create a nice walkway for us and 12 tiny paws. I loved combining different materials for their rustic retreat.

This is dry laid on top of stone screenings. You could use sand also. Just make sure all stone and brick are tamped with a mallet to ensure minimal movement.

This is great because when it’s time to feed them I never have to get my feet wet.

Inside the dog lot or run, is where a little more elbow grease was used. There is a slight slope where stone was used to terrace the entryway for a stone patio. The saying, “Never poop where you eat” doesn’t apply to my dogs. Because of the hard stone surface I can quickly wash away any droppings with a hose. This was also dry laid, however, because of digging some mortar was used in specific places for those favorite excavation spots.

The dog house is very accomodating and spacious. The home was raised off the ground by 4×4 posts and constructed with odd pieces of lumber.

The shingles were leftover from the construction of our home and makes a wonderful protective barrier.

The roof has another function as well, a lookout post. It’s like having their own roof garden. The roof has enough pitch for rain to run off, but not enough so the dogs can enjoy the great outdoors on an elevated surface.

The roof was designed with a slight overhang. This enables me to place their food bowl underneath and provide another lounging area for the dogs. Thick stone was placed around the perimeter where moby loves to lay because of its cool temperature.

The rest of the dog area has a thick layer of stone screenings for easy poop clean up. The finely ground stone material is great for digging as well because there is little mud an we can just rake it back into place.

The water source is a few feet from the dog lot and also designed with recycled stone.

Doesn’t your pets deserve the best.

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation



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4 responses to “Recycled Materials Landscaping Dog Lots and Runs

  1. Billy The Blogging Poet

    July 12, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Great ideas! Now I know what to do with the thousands of old bricks I can’t seem to sell.

  2. diana gardner-williams

    July 12, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Hi Billy

    No need to plug your website in this fashion. I’d be happy to link your salvage website to my landscaping blog.
    I just have never heard of your place before and will have to check it out.

    Thanks for sharing

  3. Michele

    February 27, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    You have some great ideas here! I’ve been looking at a way to make a path around my house and a nice spot for my dog to hang out without the neighbor’s dogs bugging her. Thanks for the great ideas!

  4. Becky

    February 21, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I have purchased a small dog from the shelter, and love her to death….she is precious, I am 71 yrs of age and my only problem with her, is taking her out to bathroom…lol…have a deck on back of house and about 7 steps down….and it is difficult for me due to health issues….I have racked my brain of how I could make her something of how I can open my deck door and she go into a littl dog lot and I would not have to go up and down the steps, and can not figure out anything…..she has a cable line I can hook her on but she gets tangled up and I am up and down to get her un-tangled. I really feel sorry for her because I really think she would enjoy being out. I have even thought maybe I am to old to have a dog, but no way can I let her go, she sleeps with me everynight….she is an in door dog, but wish I had a way to let her out some and I did not have to go up and down steps…..any suggestions appreciated….Thanks,


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