Snakes in vinca groundcover? Other anti-snake recommendations?
I read a previous posting about snakes groundcover, and the reaction generally was, "Nature's wonderful, let the kiddies enjoy exploring the snakes." Generally, I agree, but that won't fly here, because the snakes in question are copperheads.
I have a part-shade, sloping bed that I was going to plant with periwinkle for erosion control (and I think vinca's pretty). But then my neighbor mentioned that they'd killed two copperhead snakes that week (we're in the Washington, DC suburbs).
Would a low ground cover such as vinca provide the type of hiding place a snake likes?
Are there better alternatives that look good, hold back erosion and don't encourage snakes?
I really don't want poisonous snakes in the yard where my kid plays, so if I can avoid turning my yard into a snake-friendly habitat, I'd be curious for any suggestions.
Thanks for your advice.