Replacing English ivy on Bank

Asked June 14, 2019, 10:38 AM EDT

What is the best thing to plant on a bank to stabilize it? I'm currently pulling up English ivy but don't want to get rid of all of it until I have something to replace it with.

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

There are several native plant alternatives to English ivy that are suitable for bank stabilization. Take a look at this excellent publication from the Virginia Native Plant Society. It discusses English ivy removal and several replacement options -- which depend on the site conditions you have and the goals you want to achieve.

You did not mention if your slope gets full sun or shade. We have lists of options for both situations on the following pages.