Ivy makes a good ground cover for areas where other plants don't seem to grow, and its climbing ability makes it useful as a decoration on walls, fences and trellises. Ivy grows best in areas of sunlight or partial shade but will grow in fully shaded areas as well, only slower. Be careful when growing ivy, however, because it can quickly move into unwanted areas and take over.
Locate an area to plant the ivy. Ivy prefers sunlight to partial shade, but will grow in shaded areas. Make sure the soil is rich and drains well for best results.
Dig holes for the ivy with a hand trowel. Make them deep enough to cover the root system entirely. If planting more than one shoot at a time, space them about a foot apart so that they can spread and fill in.
Cover the roots with the loose soil and tap down with your hand to secure it in the ground. Add mulch around the base of the plants to keep the moisture trapped, and add nutrients to the dirt.
Water the soil until damp. Keep the soil damp but not soggy for best growth.
Trim back ivy as it gets out of its area or starts to climb things that you don't want it to climb. If you do want it to climb something, plant it close to the object, so that it will start up more quickly. Cut back shoots that have lost a lot of leaves, so that they can regrow.