More about mud:
Boots: These Timberland Earthkeepers for men (foreground) and women (background) are designed to leave a smaller footprint — environmentally, that is. Linings are made of recycled materials, and the outsoles are recycled rubber. All that and waterproof, too ($160 per pair). 888-802-9947; timberland.com
Rugs: Mud! The Vermont Country Store can help you keep ahead of it, with sturdy rugs that catch and camouflage dirt. Made of 100 percent cotton, they stand up to lots of use, and are machine washable (from $29.95).
Sweeper:The store also offers a sweeper with natural bristles and adjustable settings for floors and carpets. Dirt-busting features include a wide sweeping path, a handle that drops flat for hard-to-reach spots, and a dustpan that opens with a single lever ($79.95). 802-362-8460; vermontcountrystore.com