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Question DetailsAsked on 6/15/2012

Good replacement for English ivy? On a hill- I want to control erosion but deter rodents from nesting. Front yard hill. 25 steps up.

We are buying the home and there is a smal(ha ha) rodent problem found droppings in the crawl space during inspection. Home in Portland OR near the woods, and a neighbor has a water fountain, so there will probably always be rodents in the area, but I want to do everything possible to deter them from our property.
So I think the ivy must go. Any ideas? Next to deal with the black walnut tree in the back yard.....

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A bit more information would make an answer more likely to be accurate. Is the area in sun or shade? What makes you think that the ivy harbors the rodents? Have you seen them? Do you mean mice or rats? Is your crawl space fully enclosed?

If your crawl space is fully enclosed, you should focus on making it impervious to the rodents. Have you considered a cat or small dog?

If the ivy looks nice, I wouldn't be concerned about it harboring rodents as that is unlikely. Pretty much anything that you plant is capable of sheltering small critters.

Perhaps a lower-growing plant like Waldesteinia ternata (http:// would suit better. It's quite lovely in and out of bloom and very low-growing.

Answered 8 years ago by Labour of Love


Like the previous answer, I don't see the problem is the ivy. You'd rip it out and then would spend hundreds to replace it with a very similar plant. Waste of money!

I also agree that the crawl space first needs to be treated by an animal expect, cleaned out and sealed up. That is number one!

Scouts Lawn Care, which is nationwide, can treat your ivy. If you are opposed to chemicals, I had great success with ultasonic products to protect my unfenced garden from deer, rabbits, raccoons, etc. They are priced from high to low but don't go for an inexpensive one.

Hope these tips help!

Answered 8 years ago by Wilma


English ivy is an exotic invasive plant, classified as a noxious weed by 46 states, including Oregon. But it's easy, evergreen and cheap so people keep planting it. It offers no ecologocial benefit of any kind, other than hiding places for critters - snakes particularly like it, so it is likely not the source of your rodent problem.

If you want to plant something a little more responsible, check out one of the many sites that offer information on NATIVE plants that would work in your situation. One good one is - you can enter your site criteria and get a list of recommended plants.

You could also go to (Oregon native plant society) and pose this question for answers from people knowledgeable about your particular area.


Answered 8 years ago by murphy

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