What do I use to cover the bare soil after the ivy or other invasive plants have been removed?
Bare soil needs to be protected from heavy rains. The rain can cause erosion and close the pores in the soil. Be sure to protect soil from where ivy has been pulled by planting trees, shrubs and ground cover and putting down a mulch. Initially, it can be covered with 4-6" of wood chips. (Usually available for free from tree services.) Beauty bark is not a good choice. For a good article on the reasons for using arborist wood chips and not beauty bark see the article by Linda Chalker-Scott, formerly of University of Washington at Horticultural Myths.

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1. All Invasive Plant Removal Questions and Answers
2. What are the invasive non-native plants?
3. What are native plants?
4. Why is native habitat important?
5. Why is ivy bad on trees?
6. Why not just let nature take its course?
7. What if the trees disappear?
8. Why is Ivy bad when growing on the ground?
9. What can I, a private landowner, do?
10. Why should I remove invasive plants and do restoration now? Why not wait?
11. Who do I call if I want to have ivy or other invasive plants removed from my property?
12. What is to prevent the ivy and other invasive plants from just growing back?
13. What do I use to cover the bare soil after the ivy or other invasive plants have been removed?