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    Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    My back yard is gross. And everytime I try to go and clean up the dog deposits, it just seems to make it worse because theres still quite a bit of snow/ice on the ground, so after actually finding the poo, I have to dig through the snow, hopefully not smear the poo everywhere while trying to collect it, and fail. It would be really nice if it would all melt so I can do a quick clean up, but that doesn't help me out right now. What would you suggest to try to clean it and/or just sanitize it a bit until I can get a chance to actually clean it up without making a huge mess? I've used a pooper-scoper, shovel, and poo bags with not much success.

    This is my first year with a house, and I've learned my lesson about leaving it so long in the winter. So please refrain from saying the obvious: clean it up as it happens.
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    Re: Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    I just clean up with a shovel, I don't know exactly what you are getting at. Just scoop the poop...repeat until it's all gone.

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    Re: Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    scooping it with ice snow (as we had rain after the snow) is making the poo just smear over the whole area...so instead of a small pile of poo, I am getting 5 inch diameter poo-snow. And all of the poo is under the ice, so I have to dig through the snow to get to it, which usually ends up in me crushing the poo and pushing it all over and maybe getting a portion of it in one peice...the rest just becomes a messy area. does that make sense?
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    Re: Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    Wait until it freezes? It won't smear then? I have heard you have had a LOT of ice.

    You can also dump hot/warm water on the spot (melt the ice on top) and then use the shovel.... maybe...

    Or (Oh this is gonna get me in trouble) stop feeding the dog. If you don't feed the dog he won't make any poo (just kidding.. I have threatened the dog AND the cats with this one!).

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    Re: Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Elana55 View Post
    Wait until it freezes? It won't smear then? I have heard you have had a LOT of ice.

    You can also dump hot/warm water on the spot (melt the ice on top) and then use the shovel.... maybe...

    Or (Oh this is gonna get me in trouble) stop feeding the dog. If you don't feed the dog he won't make any poo (just kidding.. I have threatened the dog AND the cats with this one!).
    lol, well, unfortunately they won't let me forget to feed them. Damn dogs act like they are constantly starving anyway...god forbid I'm 5 minutes late on their meal.

    The hot water is a good idea, though. I'll give that a try. and YES our area is a solid block of ice, though its been above freezing, so its starting to get softer. Its strange having soft snow under a layer of thick ice....and its worse from the dogs running all over it, too. and the Poo melts the ice enough to go under, then it rains and freezes over night.
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    Re: Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    I've been having the same problem! It's really icy here, too, and not-quite-frozen so I'm getting the same nasty poo-spots in the yard.

    So, I feel your pain and I'm also waiting for suggestions
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    Re: Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    its times like this I really wonder how much those poo picker upper people charge, lol.
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    Re: Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    We have the same issues. The ice/snow makes it really hard. I have given in, and just go out mid-day and in the evening and scoop it before it freezes. I use a shovel too, sometimes... it helps, tho I end up tossing 50% poo 50% snow when I use the shovel (which makes the trash heavier).

    The dogs are always out there when I'm scooping too, and I think they think its funny that I pick up their poo. I watch them go, and then kinda stand by their poo looking at me like "Uh, Dad (or guy that picks up our poo), there is more over here now, come get it" (then a sinister doggy laugh).

    Makes you wonder who the "master" is. LOL

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    Re: Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    Well, the hot water only made the poo more mushy, but I collected what I could of "easy to pull out of the ice" poo, and if I made a mess, used the hot water to kind of disperse it a bit more. I noticed that I'm getting a lot of standing puddles, so pretty much the dogs are only going to be allowed out for potty and thats it until it 1. snows and freezes over solid again or 2. the ground thaws enough to drain some of the water and poo water.
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    Re: Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    I'd just follow the dogs out and pick it up right away. Use a plastic bag, so you can pick it it up without spreading it around the snow; you might get some extra snow in the bag, but your yard will be clean.

    ETA: Oops, didn't see your last line. My bad.

    You could always light the poop on fire. With all the snow around, the chances of setting your house ablaze are smaller than average.
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    Re: Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    This is a pretty funny thread i must say ... a necessary one ... but funny

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    Re: Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    Honestly I don't pick it up when it's frozen into the ground (gross I know). I know the next snow is gonna cover it anyway. Once we do get a break in the weather say above 40 for a few days I'll take the hose outta the basement and make poop soup... blow it all into the ground. I have tried several different ways of trying to clean up int he snow and it just doesn't work. I find I'm better of fwaiting tillthe snow is mostly off the ground and then attacking it.

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    Re: Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Independent George View Post

    You could always light the poop on fire. With all the snow around, the chances of setting your house ablaze are smaller than average.
    I briefly enjoyed the mental image of a crazy dog owner dancing around many tiny poo-fires in the back yard.


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    Re: Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    I'm in the same weather at the moment...I've been picking up first thing in the morning when the stuff is still frozen...I've ended up breaking the ice crust then picking up the stuff with bags.

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    Re: Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by FilleBelle View Post
    I briefly enjoyed the mental image of a crazy dog owner dancing around many tiny poo-fires in the back yard.
    that made me chuckle a bit too

    would they be doing some form of ritualistic dance to the great poo god?

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    Re: Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by FilleBelle View Post
    I briefly enjoyed the mental image of a crazy dog owner dancing around many tiny poo-fires in the back yard.
    LOL

    Thanks for the laugh - good one

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    Re: Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dog_Shrink View Post
    Honestly I don't pick it up when it's frozen into the ground (gross I know). I know the next snow is gonna cover it anyway...
    We did that once, and we ended up with The Great Poocicle of 2008...




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    Re: Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by BradA1878 View Post
    We did that once, and we ended up with The Great Poocicle of 2008...



    OH eww! LOL

    I thought that I was the only one dealing with this!
    Usually I go out while the poo is still frozen and use a hoe(sp?) to chip it off the ground. I look like a nut case, and my neighbors have commented on how I look like a crazy person, but it works. Most of the time anyway. I actually considered dumping hot water over it, but I can just see that creating a giant mud pit in my yard.

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    Re: Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    lol, love the fire suggestion, but I think thats more up my husbands alley...I have told him, so we'll see if he takes the suggestion serious........camera's ready lol
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    Re: Cleaning up in the Winter...how do you do it?

    We just gave up and only clean on nice days. Im glad we are feeding RAW because it has made the poop clean up much easier. I have found that most poop after 3 weeks is pretty much disappearing into the yard.
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