Fast growing ground cover from seeds

Asked May 6, 2018, 8:17 PM EDT


I am selling my house and need to grow something in the small back yard rapidly. All the grass and ground-cover was dead when I bought the house due to mega leaves not being raked, and I never got that far with the restoration work (house was a fixer-upper). Wish-list for ideal solution:

-Grow from seeds
-Shade tolerant
-Not too tall
-Fast germinating and spreading
-Not invasive
-Zone 6 (?) Rochester, NY

Is there any such thing? I've read about mini-clover, but that appears to be marginally shade tolerant. I'm open to more than one thing in different areas of the yard.

Thanks so much,

Monroe County New York

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