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I've embarked on the task of cleaning up our back yard with 4 months worth of winter poop sitting in it. Lovely how she wants dogs yet does nothing to clean up after them. End rant.

Anyway, I shoveled for about 30 mins and was barely made a dent. The ground is soft and the crap is stuck to it mostly, so is there any magical dissolving potion one uses to decompose dog poop?
 

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At the end of winter when the snow is all melted I would rake up the yard and all the poo from winter that was in the snow ! I purposely would leave the leaves on teh ground in the fall to help insulate the ground from the cold and it makes spring cleanup alot easier. At least that is what I did at my old house, at this house the dogs mostly go in the woods ( I have several wooded acres ) so no clean up involved !
 

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I live in a wooded area ... and two springs ago was the last time I was going to deal with that mess! My dogs never make it to the deep woods in the winter in the dark ... and my yard was a saturated nasty mess in the spring! .........

I bought a pooper scooper and found a 5 gallon bucket and started putting the poo in the bucket over the winter. It was much easier to scoop the poo as it happened ... put it in the bucket ... and in the spring ... have the yard decent.

It was the best $20 I ever invested for a yard cleaning tool! It has been almost two years and that tool is still in tip-top working condition! :D
 

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Ugh! Another reason I live in the south - lol! But, back to your question, maybe you could get a rake with the completely stiff tines (not sure what it's called), to help dislodge and rake the stuff into piles before shoveling it. I think that pure grunt labor is in order, unfortunately. Do you have anyone you can call to come and help you?

Next winter, maybe you could train your dogs to poo in one certain area, rather than all over the yard, and also pick up weekly when it wasn't snowing? I pick up daily for my two dogs, but I don't have the snow issue to deal with either...
 

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I don't know who "she" is but pick up poop daily. I pick up every time they go. I can't imagine it sitting there, also, for those who never seem to pick it up often, how do you know if you have a dog with diarrhea, worms...?
 

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Part of owning a dog mate. You need to enforce a daily clean up routine, even through the winter.

No magic wand for the mess you got now but think of the muscle building opportunity you have been given.
 

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You (you and the she you mention) should be picking up all the waste in your yard AT LEAST once a week year round. It's a health hazard to leave it sitting there. I guess it's somewhat easier for me as my dog(s) poop on our walks much more often than in the yard.
 

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It's... July. And you still have winter poop to pick up? :confused:
I was thinking that, too, LOL. It's nearly August! Winter poop pickup normally comes in April or May. Maybe the weather is really weird there? :p
 

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Where we live you can't leave the poop in the yard for more than a week (city bylaw) so we pick up every day - means less mines for the mower!! As for picking up in Winter - I find it much easier to pick up from the snow than the grass.
 

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It's... July. And you still have winter poop to pick up? :confused:
I was thinking that, too, LOL. It's nearly August! Winter poop pickup normally comes in April or May. Maybe the weather is really weird there? :p
I thought the same exact thing! Maybe Willowy is right about them having crazy weather.

Where we live you can't leave the poop in the yard for more than a week (city bylaw) so we pick up every day - means less mines for the mower!! As for picking up in Winter - I find it much easier to pick up from the snow than the grass.
How does the city know if you've waited over a week to clean up? Just curious.

I clean up frequently too. My yard would be in trouble if I waited too long. LOL!
 

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Yea our city has an ordinance that states you can have no more than six piles of dog feces in your yard at any one time. Nobody's cruising neighborhoods counting poop piles, it's just there so if anyone makes a complaint about your stinky yard officials actually have a legal basis to make you clean it up.
 
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