Low maintenace back yard with dog - groundcover options
I am in the process of moving into a new house (NE Portland) and am excited to finally have a yard! I have a pretty decent sized back yard that I would like to renovate. The current yard consists of lumpy, weedy grass.
I want to divide the yard into two areas - one for vegetable and fruit gardening and the other for my dog to run around on. My initial plan is to till everything, then add a layer of cardboard/newspaper to help kill the grass. In the section for the dog, I am toying with groundcover options.
Seems like cedar chips might be a good choice, or possibly hemlock. Then I was also considering a groundcover like something from "stepables." Key would be something low maintenance that would be safe for my pup.
Any thoughts, ideas, feedback?