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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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 These perennials aren't super-fussy and come in a host of colors and sizes, ranging from creeping ground covers to taller types suitable for cutting. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Carnations," 1 Aug. 2018 Rabbits like open, grassy areas with cover such as that provided by groupings of shrubs, ground covers, grasses or brush piles typical in the home landscaping. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Rabbits feasting on your garden? Wire fencing is your friend," 15 June 2018 Use a ground cover on a slope where mowing grass would be inconvenient or even dangerous. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "If your garden grass is patchy, consider a ground cover instead," 12 June 2018 Other perennials, bulbs and ground covers: Bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis); sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum); snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis); hellebore (Helleborus); barrenwort (Epimedium); daylily (Hemerocallis); daffodil (Narcissus). Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Many plants die when grown near black walnut trees. These are the ones that survive.," 20 June 2018 Other options include planting a shade-tolerant ground cover such as pachysandra or Canadian ginger or installing mulch under the trees where grass is not growing. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Lawn thinning out beneath a cluster of trees? Too much shade could be wreaking havoc," 10 July 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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