Ground Cover instead of Grass - suggestions?
We are building a lakeside home in New Hampshire. It's on a 5 acre lot which we intend to leave mostly wooded. However, the yard area surrounding the house will be finish graded and we are wondering if there is an appropriate ground cover we can cultivate to root the soil instead of planting grass.
We want to keep maintenance low (as little mowing as possible) and because we abut a brook that flows into the lake there are fines for using lawn fertilizers.
We would like to be able to walk in the yard, and we have two dogs who will be taken out to the yard, so the ground cover will need to be something that can be walked on.
Any help or suggestions would be appreciated -