Mud! What does this word instill in you? Wet, mucky, sticky, heavy, goopy, sloppy, slippery mud. After the abundance of snow and rain we’ve had in the St. Louis area this winter, there’s a lot of mud out there, which is tolerable enough as long as it stays out there.
However, when that mud gets tracked into your house, that’s when it’s really not ok anymore. Anyone with pets, children, an outdoorsy spouse, or feet is likely to have experienced occasions when muddy footprints have been unwittingly (let’s assume) tracked through the house. This is generally an unhappy situation and one that most of us prefer avoiding. After all, you neither want to be the one who tracks it in, nor the one throwing a fit about it, not to mention the one who has to clean it up.
Therefore it’s no wonder that numerous strategies are routinely implemented in this ongoing battle, including doormats, scrubbier doormats, boot scrapers, mud rooms, and strict policies about taking shoes off before entering the domicide. Obviously, there’s a big price gap between a doormat and a mud room; heck, there are noticeable differences between door mats. Let’s start there.
Doormats provide a last second quick cleaning of shoes, but that’s about it. For $10-$100 it’s a good investment, but certainly not a comprehensive mud-busting strategy... although as a bonus, printed doormats do afford an opportunity say nice things like, Welcome, or snarky things like, Not You Again, to your guests without actually speaking!
While boot scrapers are less common, in households where mud is an ongoing problem, they can be found in use. I was in fact recently given a boot scraper as a gift, not that I would ever track mud into our house! If used diligently, a bristly boot scraper does a better job of cleaning than a doormat, but the operative word here is if. Enough said on that.
On the other end, a mud room is simply not a realistic square footage allotment for everyone, and how that space is used is critical. Mud rooms in 2019 are not Jetsons style cartoon rooms where mechanized cleaning transpires whilst a person mosey’s on through. No, a mud room is essentially a landing pad for dirty shoes and such, requiring attentiveness and discipline to remove one’s shoes - in the mud room - when shoes are soiled. If this is realistic in the mud room, then the principle should be transferable to other entry points into the home.
Alas, all of these tactics have a common weakness, and that is discipline! If your household is typical, then even the the snazziest mud prevention systems all to often are breached, as the telltale paw prints or boot heel stains attest.
Allow me to offer up a better solution - get rid of the mud! Or to be more technically precise, cover it. Cover it how, you may wonder. Not with a box, and not with a fox, not with a mat and not with a cat. Cover it well and cover it fast, cover it beautifully, with thick green grass! The most cost-efficient and effective way to resolve mud problems is often through establishing a healthy lawn, and the fastest way to do that is with sod. Sod equates to instant lawn, and can be installed year-round, weather permitting. Conditions must allow for two things: one that the site can be graded and prepared properly, and two, that the sod can be harvested. As long as the ground is not overly wet or frozen solid, fescue sod can be successfully harvested and planted in the St. Louis area January through December! Early spring is an especially good opportunity though, with plenty of natural springtime moisture available to aid the root system in getting established before summertime heat.
There are numerous advantages to sod:
A healthy lawn discourages weeds
A lush lawn increases the appeal and value of your home
It roots into the ground and controls erosion
It’s safe for pets and humans
It practically eliminates mud, which drastically cuts down on muddy traffic into your house!
Grass is relatively easy to care for and after an initial investment in getting it established, can be maintained cost effectively for years on end. For landscaped beds and higher traffic areas, mulch, stepping stones, and decorative gravel can also reduce the mud factor considerably. Used in conjunction with doormats and good sense, sod is probably the best and fastest way to eliminate mud tracking into your house. Consider also, that prior to sodding grading is usually done, which affords a double bonus by establishing good water flow patterns. This grading protects your house from water damage and gets locked in place by the sod once it roots, resulting in an effective drainage system and a lush green outdoor carpet. Presto chango - no more mud!
We can sod your yard! Request an estimate and get on our schedule. Your floors will thank you.