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Does anyone have any clever ideas for what to use for a Sukkah floor?

Many people are able to build their Sukkoth on either a wooden deck or a concrete patio, but some have to use a dirt/grass area. This, naturally, leads to concerns about rain and resultant mud/wetness, as well as just generally sinking into the floor.

It would be especially nice also if there were a way to dry it easily and well after a rain.

Any fantastic solutions?

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Re "a dirt/grass area. This, naturally, leads to concerns about rain and resultant mud/wetness, as well as just generally sinking into the floor": another concern is that furniture wobbles on uneven ground, and/or that a table on uneven ground slopes and things can slide. Uneven-ground concerns aren't necessarily alleviated (though they may be) by covering the ground with a floor. Do you wish such concerns addressed by answers also? If not, perhaps exclude them explicitly, since your current main question is worded "Does anyone have any clever ideas for what to use for a Sukkah floor?". –  msh210 Sep 10 '13 at 18:47
    
@msh210, I'm not sure what the objection is. If someone has a solution that will solve all of those issues, then great. I think sloping is a problem that won't be alleviated by anything short of building a deck. If someone is creative enough to solve that issue, however, then I welcome that answer. I have a friend who has his Sukkah on his front yard. He uses no floor. His table, however, seems stable enough and level enough that slight unevenness caused by nature in the grass/soil doesn't impact it much. –  Seth J Sep 10 '13 at 19:26
    
@msh210 Such issues can possibly present problems for using the furniture on Shabbat and Yom Tov. –  Double AA Sep 10 '13 at 21:58
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You could get a tarp and instead of just lying it in the floor you could attach it to the lower parts of the walls, to keep the grass beneath relatively dry and prevent water from running in to the sukkah. Make sure the tarp is relatively taut, and get a squigy mop for puddles that come through the roof!

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