Groundcover for shade under tree, dog-proof
My brother and his wife have asked for advice, so I said IÂd see what I can find out. They have a big Norway maple in their front yard that creates very dense shade. Grass will no longer grow under it, and it is either bare dirt or muddy all year long. What ground cover can they use in such a situation? I donÂt think they care if it is flowering: I think anything practical that will live under those conditions will be good.
I had thought of a couple of things and then was thrown a poser: Their dog goes out there, and always tracks through the mud/dirt. Is there a ground cover that is strong enough to withstand dog traffic? English Ivy was what I thought of, but I donÂt know if thatÂs hardy in zone 5. I see it used all the time for this purpose, on my travels in zone 6 or warmer. Thanks!