Choosing a grass
I need to re-seed my front lawn -- it's definitely overdue. Right now, it's mostly clover. I wouldn't mind this, except that it's just dirt in early spring which looks terrible. I wouldn't mind brown dormant grass, but bare dirt is just embarrassing.
Anyway, I'd like something slow and low growing -- I'd like to keep it around 4 inches. Ideally, I'd like to find something that doesn't require mowing every 7-10 days, but I'm not holding my breath on that one.
I don't water my lawn -- ever. I've read that I'll have to water daily for the first month to establish new grass, but in general I won't water my lawn.
I think most of the area that needs to be re-seeded is in the sun. If I like how it turns out in the front and it's pretty low maintenance, I may choose to gradually convert the back as well, which is probably 50% shaded because of 2 large pin oaks and a wooded area at the back. So, something that would work in either is probably best.
I live in zone 6a (Missouri).
I'd personally like to try some interesting ground covers that stay low, but I'm afraid the HOA would have a fit about that. So, I figure I should stick to normal looking grass.
So, what are my best options? I was thinking zoysia, but I read somewhere that is usually started by plugs -- not seed. I don't really understand what that means, but the comment where I read it said plugs are expensive. I don't want to break the bank on grass... I suppose "expensive" is a relative term though...