I am having difficulty with my backyard - it's a unique situation since our house sits down approximately 10 feet from the roadway and everything drains into the yard, however the builder did a lousy job of putting adequate drainage so we have standing water 75% of the time (we're working to get this remedied). To compound this we have three kids and two dogs, so this leads to numerous places where we have bare mud pits because the grass can't survive in the watery environment when it's trampled constantly. (It's one of the reasons we're having trouble with the builder, they blame the standing water/mud issue on the dogs rather than poor drainage *BOER!*) I'm looking for a ground cover that I can put into the bare spots that will be able to help with the water issue without overtaking the entire grassy area and will still be able to survive near constant foot traffic from both people and animals. We have multiple places this is needed, including under a deck. We've looked at various mosses, especially since only part of the area we need cover is shaded and the rest of the backyard is in full sunlight, I've read that the moss shouldn't be a problem because it doesn't like full sun so it shouldn't spread to those areas. I've also looked at partridgeberry since it's pretty, hardy and has non-poisonous berries for the birds that congregate in the yard, but I'm getting conflicting information as to whether it can stand boggy areas or not. (I told my husband we should just grow cranberries, he was less than amused *g*) Thank you for any suggestions that you have! EDIT: I'm in zone 6-7, thank you for the suggestion of adding that!