I live in Central FL (Winter Park)and I have a small, mostly sunny (no trees) backyard next to a large in-ground swimming pool which fills up with the leaves of my neighbor's oak trees. The backyard is covered with weeds and still has a few small patches of St Augustine grass which is all that survived due to my lack of knowledge, time and manpower to properly take care of it (though I ran the sprinkler system twice a week). I have 2 tiny, 8 lb dogs that use the backyard daily which might slightly affect the chemistry of the soil. Could you advise me which ground cover I should get? Would Mimosa S. be a good choice? How should I prep the yard before installing the ground cover. I would like a ground cover that looks good, grows close to the ground and easy to maintain (bug, weed resistant) since I don't have any help and my work plus the care of the house and pool is taking up too much of my time. Lately, I feel so overwhelmed that I have been debating if I should sell the house, or screen the pool and arrange a low maintenance landscape. Even if I would want to sell, the appearance of the backyard would discourage any potential buyers. Could you suggest how to improve this situation? I would be so thankful for any help.
Preparation of the yard before planting your plants or sowing any seeds would need to include removal of the weeds and lightly tilling the soil. You will probably want to hire someone to do this unless your backyard is very small.
Also, you will want to be sure that your groundcover isn't potentially toxic for dogs. You can check plants against several toxic plant databases using their scientific names:
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