Ground cover and Copperhead snakes
I just moved into a new house and had been planning to plant an area with periwinkle as a groundcover. But then my neighbor mentioned that they'd killed two copperhead snakes that week (in the Washington, DC suburbs).
Would a low ground cover such as vinca provide the type of hiding place a snake likes?
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. The bed I was going to cover with periwinkle is a partially shady slope under pines and dogwoods.
Thanks for any advice.