Protecting ivy over the winter question.

I may have posted this before, but I can't remember any suggestions. We have a bank of Ivy, I believe it's English Ivy, you know, the kind that you see 90% of the time. Anyhow, winters are hard on it and it's not until September that it's filled in and looking good. Is there anyway of protecting it over the winter?
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MULCH... leaves, straw,.. etc... should help.. Ivy is pretty tough stuff .. What conditions do you get.. eg a lot of wet? a lot of dry cold?.. English ivy (normal H. helix species) is a woodland plant so would get the protection of a blanket of autumn leaves and 'some' shelter from exposure by bare trees during winter here in its native habitat..
// Jim North London, England, UK
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A good dose of 10-10-10 in early spring and again in early summer ought to bring it into great looking condition long before September. Along with adequate moisture, it shouldn't need much else unless you're along the northern border of its hardiness. You don't say where you live. You also don't mention the exposure. N, NE, NW exposures don't need much help below the northern limits. Southern exposures could use some shade.

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