Moss Rules. How would you like a lawn that stays green and beautiful year-round, is native to your area, grows just fine on bad soil, and needs hardly any weeding, watering, or fertilizing? You'd love it, you say? Then don't grow grass—grow moss.
Foot-traffic-friendly groundcovers that compete well with weeds and stay relatively short without mowing include mat-forming creeping thyme, grasslike blue sedge (Carex glauca), and mounding moss phlox (a good choice on hillsides where mowing is difficult).
Gardening ideas for a "hell strip" -- just past the driveway? next to the shed? Keeps getting over-run with long crab grass... Cover it with weedblocker/ pebbles/ decorative rocks & add a few tough-to-kill perennials.