If you need an all weather, non-toxic, beautiful ground cover that is kid and pet friendly, take a look at Oregano. I have a four by sixteen foot bed on the east side which was totally covered with Oregano. Right now my present problem is where to put this Oregano which is busting out of its pot.
Compost Soil Mix.
Compost Soil Mix to the bottom of the hole. Use a Tine (Fork) to loosen any compacted root, and lower the root ball into the hole. Then fill in the sides of the hole with the Compost Soil Mix. Then I'll water it down thoroughly . This Oregano plant was pretty dehydrated because of the hole in the pot, so I'll let it rehydrate for a few hours before I trim it. Once it gets to growing vigorously again it will start to takeover the space where the Ivy is, and I'll trim the Ivy back as needed.