Fertilize with a time-release fertilizer in September. This application will allow the plants to remain vigorous when the first hard frost occurs in late fall.
Water the plant bed thoroughly if the fall has been extremely dry. The cold soil and harsh winds of winter do not allow the plant to replace moisture quickly; watering will help prepare it.
Prune any dead growth. Also prune the ivy bed to maintain its shape.
Remove any fallen leaves and other debris from the ivy bed. Since English ivy is very dense, you will need to use a leaf blower for this task. A rake will get caught in the vines and tear off leaves. It could also rip up the vine.