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 Any ground cover bed will need to be weeded regularly. Beth Botts,, 20 Nov. 2021 Trees destroyed in the wildfire were replaced with non-volatile shrubs planted away from exterior walls and among green ground cover and decorative rock. oregonlive, 31 Aug. 2021 Lastly, ground morning glory (Convolvulus sabatius) is my go-to ground cover that will make do with very little water once established and is useful for helping to stabilize hills that suffer soil erosion. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Sep. 2021 Other than that, however, no signs remained of last year’s fire, which burned much of the ground cover but left many old trees intact. Quanta Magazine, 29 Nov. 2021 Critics see a tangle of unprincipled hypocrisies—intellectual ground cover for banal shamelessness and techy self-interest. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2021 Another plant to consider is Liriope spicata (creeping lily turf), which is a herbaceous ground cover that will spread. Tim Johnson,, 10 Oct. 2021 Grassy weeds are growing in a ground cover and a friend told me to use the Image herbicide. Tom Maccubbin,, 4 Sep. 2021 Among the ground cover plants that work well in dry shade are barrenwort (Epimedium); bugleweed (Ajuga reptans); creeping lilyturf (Liriope spicata); and the native Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense). Beth Botts,, 6 June 2021

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First Known Use of ground cover

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ground cover was in 1900

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13 Jan 2022

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“Ground cover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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