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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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 The next several months are a popular time for adding or reworking beds of shrubs, ground covers and flowers next to your house. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Don't encourage termites: 7 smart gardening practices," 10 Feb. 2018 Squash helps both of its sister plants by spreading out and providing ground cover to help keep out the weeds. Annie Gentile, Courant Community, "Willington Celebrates Farm Day," 21 June 2018 Feedings help lawns remain healthy, develop a deep root system and become a thick ground cover to reduce runoff and pollution. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "White coating on crape myrtle is fungus," 26 May 2018 One-hundred-mile wide walls of dust have swept through Phoenix, as severe drought kills grasses and ground cover, leaving soil exposed. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now," 28 June 2018 Partially shaded area outside with at least two different ground covers (dirt, grass, rocks, concrete, etcetera) Preparation Find the line on the ground where an area in the sun meets an area in the shade. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Warm in the Sun," 12 July 2018 There are many ground covers to choose from and, likewise, many fragrant plants. Earl Nickel, SFChronicle.com, "Sweet Woodruff makes an excellent ground cover in shade," 8 June 2018

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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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