It is now January and I have so much mud in my backyard! (rain/snow/rain/snow) The worst is where the yard begins- worn dog paths. Is there anything I could use to cover these random areas until the ground can dry or freeze? The areas are about 3'x3'. I think I will sod them in the Spring/Summer, seed isn't taking. I just want to decrease the amount of mud brought into the house. Straw?