Hi - my backyard drops down about 6 feet, into a valley (shared by all neighbors). This time of the year, as the snow melts, my lower backyard becomes a mud bath, and my dogs cannot go out without needing a shower every time. I have two questions:

1. Short-term - What can I do right now to keep the dogs from getting all muddy - would something like hay work?

2. Long-term - I probably need to raise my yard a bit, and get some really tough turf growing - any ideas/opinions?