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what is the best and fastest growing ground cover for shaded areas?

Zone 6 | stretch58 added on February 21, 2012 | Answered

I have a huge hard maple tree, and it shades a lot of my ground and I cannot get grass to grow. It just gets muddy when it rains, and I need to know what to plant that will keep it from being a muddy mess. I have a dog (lab), so I need something non toxic and hardy.

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Answered on February 22, 2012

Ivy and minor vinca are both popular choices for under tree ground covers. Here are some other suggestions:

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