ground cover


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

Examples of ground cover in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under the tent, consider an extra tarp or other ground cover, like a tent footprint, to further separate you from the ground. Ariel Cheung,, "The ultimate guide to winter camping in Illinois during COVID-19," 21 Nov. 2020 In Asheville, North Carolina, the George Washington Carver Edible Park is the oldest of the bunch, a multi-layered canopy of fruit and nut trees along with edible ground cover like strawberry plants, all free for the picking. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "Are ‘Edible Landscapes’ the Future of Public Parks?," 16 Nov. 2020 The ground cover was tall enough to hide birds, and the two male spruce grouse flushed underfoot. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "We hunt for meat — and because wing-shooting is an exquisite dance that can’t be choreographed," 18 Oct. 2020 Fire-resistant plants with moist, supple leaves and water-like sap, from black oak trees to carnation ground cover, can be protective if watered and pruned properly. oregonlive, "PGE may shut off power to Mount Hood residents to prevent fires: Here’s what you need to do at home," 6 Sep. 2020 Another good ground cover, but with pink blooms, is the native mimosa or sensitive plant. Tom Maccubbin,, "Leave grapefruits on trees for a few more months," 5 Sep. 2020 Possible lightning and gusty winds will add fire danger to already dry ground cover, and the weather service has issued a red flag warning that continues until 11 p.m. Tuesday. oregonlive, "Portland metro Tuesday weather: Sunny skies, light breezes, high 82," 25 Aug. 2020 Then have an understory layer of perennials and ground cover, like plants with a high production of nectar, seeds, or nuts. Popular Mechanics, "How Attracting the Right Wildlife Can Maximize Your Lawn and Garden," 23 Aug. 2020 Various types and sizes of moss create ground cover. oregonlive, "Landscapers are busier than ever during the pandemic: People want a private park now," 30 July 2020

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First Known Use of ground cover

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Dec 2020

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“Ground cover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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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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