Answer: Pachysandra and English Ivy are two common groundcovers that should fill the bill. You need not remove turf to get them established, but it helps to mow grass very low a few times before planting the groundcover, as this will weaken the grass and reduce its capacity to regrow. You may have friends or neighbors who'd be willing to give you transplants of either ivy or pachysandra, since they're very common. Another option is houttuynia 'Chameleon', which offers more color than the ivy and pachysandra.
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