Garden ideas ?
I like bark/wood mulch. Many municipalities give away a decent tub-ground shredded wood mulch. It has the occasional noxious weed seed but it's not bad stuff.
I do NOT like "enviro-mulch. It's shredded pallets and construction debris. There's the occasional nail and it takes a long time to compost....Dyed unnatural colors? Blue mulch? Yuck.
There's tough groundcovers but they take a while to get going. Or seed with hardy annual flowers and keep the mutt out until it gets established.
Or plant grass.