Dog safety & fast ground cover (rye?)
Here's the short version of my question:
Would it be wise or foolish for me to sow rye seed as a temporary groundcover until I'm able to lay bermuda sod?
I've read that rye can make it harder for bermuda to thrive and from what I've read in these forums it sounds like I'd have to rent a tiller and till the whole yard before laying the sod--it sounds expensive and like I'd be creating a problem by introducing rye (even annual rye) into my yard. If there were some benefit to my soil or yard by planting a winter cover crop I'd feel better about doing it. But rye sounds like the only thing that might grow fast enough to be what I need: a decent non-dirt surface from now (Feb) til May-ish.
HERE'S THE CONTEXT (THIS IS BASICALLY ALL FOR MY DOG):
OK, so what you're seeing in the photo is my backyard and my very dear dog. I had to remove my swimming pool a couple months ago (orange berg sewer lines collapsed beneath it--long story) so the wrecking company filled it with dirt and they're supposed to return to lay a final load of dirt on top but the earth has been too soft for them to do so. And the whole yard must be re-leveled for drainage so I figured I'd wait until that was done before re-sodding the lawn.
THEN THE RAINS CAME and now it looks like it could be months before they finally deliver that dirt.
I've lived with the visual ugliness for over a year so that's not the problem. The real problem is that my dog is ingesting a lot of clay and even if I limit his access to the yard and clean his paws constantly he's still going to be ingesting a lot of clay because it is EVERYWHERE.
I'm considering cordoning off part of the yard and laying sod or something in a place where he can run, but it would be nice if he could safely access the whole yard. He's had a rough year ;-)