Our yard has become one giant mud pit, and I'm wondering how other people are coping with the spring thaw. actually, the January thaw, then freeze, then melt, then snow, then ice, then mud, then more of the same for the next two months. I was prepared for the birds to trash the yard themselves, but didn't think about the increased human traffic out there. In past years, we just didn't go out there much when it was sloppy out, but now that there are animals to care for, we've made a huge mess of things. There are a couple of well-worn paths that it seems we usually follow, but when there's snow everywhere, the paths wandered, so we have an area about four times the size of the tractor that is totally trashed. How do other people avoid this?