Looking for a slow growing "lawn"

Asked October 4, 2016, 7:32 AM EDT

Hello We have a cabin outside of Oakland, MD (zone 5b) We are looking for a slow growing lawn as we are not out at the cabin that often to mow it . We are not looking for something manicured - so wildflowers (creeping thyme?) are an option. The area receives some sun, some shade. I will attach pictures. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Thank you!

Garrett County Maryland fine fescues renovation lawn

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Planting a wildflower meadow requires full sun and this does not sound like your site. Creeping thyme also grows best in full sun.
You could consider reducing your lawn area and growing groundcovers for sun/ shade in sections. See our groundcover list http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/groundcover-list

Since you have over 50% weeds in your lawn, consider lawn renovation. Sowing fine fescue grass seed is fairly low maintenance. Look for a hard fescue. You may have to order online. Look for Beacon, Gotham, Spartan II and Sword cultivars . Also you can look for a blend of these. Most times you will only find creeping red fescue. This will do well only if you have cool conditions and shade. See our publication and video http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG102%20Lawn%20Estab...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcKsUe6UY0s&feature=share&list=UUe8xj9lN1vlHP1_yjd-zQTg
http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG112_Turfgrass_Main...
http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG112_Turfgrass_Main....

Begin with a soil test. Results give pH. liming, and fertilization recommendations. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/soils/soil-testing

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