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Old 06-07-2009, 11:07 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Hey, Susan! We have tried it but the deer ate it!! (We assumed it was deer, anyway!) Maybe I should try it again - we desperately need a ground cover! I have even tried mint on that hill and something ate the mint (do rabbits eat mint???) We were sure the mint would take over! Thank you so much for reminding me about a really pretty ground cover.
What about Pachysandra?
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:22 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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What about Pachysandra?
It spread fairly well in one bed in the front but just died out in the back. That is a strange situation w/ that hill, LOL. It gets filtered sun (it slopes down to the woods and has some trees on it). The way the wind comes up that hill, things freeze badly we have learned. So b/n drought and stuff freezing - we have had a very frustrating situation. Had put 3 dozen rhodendron on it - plus 2 doz azeleas, 16 butterfly bushes, 5 rose of sharon - and several other things - and lost every thing (during a three year period) except 3 rose of sharon and 3 butterfly bushes, LOL. Even the herbs died. Oh - and we planted 3 dozen stella d'oro bulbs and the squirrels got every single last one of them. We had a paper white come up this year and have NO CLUE where it came from! The squirrels must have relocated that bulb from someone else's yard! LOL!!!

Oh - add to that - 18 hostas - we have three left - and we dug them up and put them in pots last year cause the deer were destroying them. It has been a challenge. We will figure it out eventually. The deer don't eat forsythia, it appears (cause they are leaving ours alone) so we are gonna put forsythia on the perimeter of the hill this Fall.

So I would LOVE to have ivy . . . at least that would give me a ground cover and choke out these awful weeds that we end up having to chop through.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:28 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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It spread fairly well in one bed in the front but just died out in the back. That is a strange situation w/ that hill, LOL. It gets filtered sun (it slopes down to the woods and has some trees on it). The way the wind comes up that hill, things freeze badly we have learned. So b/n drought and stuff freezing - we have had a very frustrating situation. Had put 3 dozen rhodendron on it - plus 2 doz azeleas, 16 butterfly bushes, 5 rose of sharon - and several other things - and lost every thing (during a three year period) except 3 rose of sharon and 3 butterfly bushes, LOL. Even the herbs died. Oh - and we planted 3 dozen stella d'oro bulbs and the squirrels got every single last one of them. We had a paper white come up this year and have NO CLUE where it came from! The squirrels must have relocated that bulb from someone else's yard! LOL!!!

Oh - add to that - 18 hostas - we have three left - and we dug them up and put them in pots last year cause the deer were destroying them. It has been a challenge. We will figure it out eventually. The deer don't eat forsythia, it appears (cause they are leaving ours alone) so we are gonna put forsythia on the perimeter of the hill this Fall.

So I would LOVE to have ivy . . . at least that would give me a ground cover and choke out these awful weeds that we end up having to chop through.
Well if the OP is gonna pull hers out maybe you can have it? Lol. My Mom is always trading ground covers and splitting hostas w/ her neighbors.

Have you tried wolf urine as a deterrent for the deer? I've heard it works, idk personally tho.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:44 AM
 
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Well if the OP is gonna pull hers out maybe you can have it? Lol. My Mom is always trading ground covers and splitting hostas w/ her neighbors.

Have you tried wolf urine as a deterrent for the deer? I've heard it works, idk personally tho.
I know! I was thinking - maybe I should go pull up ivy, LOL!!!

We tried urine but don't know what type . . . stuff that hubby ordered. GROSS!!!!!!

These deer are so used to humans - they just really don't care. I go out and slam pots together to get them to leave and they just raise their heads, look at me, and go back to chomping!!!
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:46 PM
 
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If it is ivy, it takes wonderfully to trimming, but if it's kudzu I would suggest either a flamethrower or napalm.
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Old 06-07-2009, 04:16 PM
 
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Wild morning glory is hard to kill and takes to drought. It grows like crazy in UT and I have to fight it every year. It has white flowers most of the summer.
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Old 06-07-2009, 06:31 PM
 
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Muratic Acid Works like a SOB on Ivy!
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