ground cover

noun

Definition of ground cover

1 : the small plants on a forest floor except young trees
2a : a planting of low plants (such as ivy) that covers the ground in place of turf
b : a plant adapted for use as ground cover

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The list of native edible plants includes dozens of species, from ground covers to large shrubs and trees. Colin Mccrate, The Seattle Times, "Our native evergreen huckleberry brings dynamic color and oodles of fruit to your edible shade garden," 20 Feb. 2019 Replace constantly declining turf in dense shade with a mulch or ground cover. 25. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "June in the garden," 26 May 2018 The overwhelming majority of trees, shrubs and ground covers commonly available at area nurseries are perfectly hardy here. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Consider replacing freeze-damaged tropicals with cold-hardy plants," 20 Jan. 2018 Finding the right plants for ground cover is tricky. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "When grass or gravel won't do, these plants are easy and attractive ground cover | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 Trailing or clumping ground covers, by comparison, have to be planted by hand into carefully prepared and rototilled garden soils. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "The garden of unreasonable expectations. It sounds like a Harry Potter book, but it's real | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 Apr. 2018 Grass is often hard to establish under trees due to shade and roots; select another ground cover. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 They can be used as a tent, as ground cover, to catch rainwater, to patch holes, for a trap, and even to drag back heavy animals. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "What doomsday preppers are buying this Black Friday," 21 Nov. 2018 Learn to tolerate the rest, or conceal them with a tall ground cover. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Oak trees bring majesty to the landscape, but they do have their difficulties | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ground cover

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ground cover

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ground cover

: a low plant or group of plants used in a garden to cover the ground

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