Super Hardy Ground Cover - Knowledgebase Question

Minneapolis, MN
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Question by info1133
February 29, 2000
I am looking for a super hardy ground cover that won't grow very high. I am renting a duplex that has NO grass or ground cover. The soil is very rocky and mostly shady. And I have a large dog who will be running about. Since I am renting, I don't want to spend alot of effort (or tons of money) on this project. I am in zone 4.

Answer from NGA
February 29, 2000
Although there are groundcovers that will work in your climate and soil, there are few that will hold up well to traffic, especially a dog. By far the toughest groundcover that will tolerate traffic is plain old grass. There are many dwarf fescues on the market that take very little care, including infrequent mowing. Here are a few other suggestions to get you started. Hope this helps!

Woody (these will be more expensive but more "dog-tolerant"):
Creeping cotoneaster
Euonymus fortunei 'Coloratus'
Hall's honeysuckle
Creeping thyme
Indiancurrant coralberry

Wild ginger
Lily of the valley
Geranium (true geranium)
Low Japanese fleeceflower
Creeping potentilla
Barren strawberry

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