leaf mold


: a compost or layer composed chiefly of decayed leaves
: a mold or mildew that affects foliage

Examples of leaf mold in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, many others experience similar positive impacts when applying leaf mold in other regions. Elizabeth Waddington, Treehugger, 7 Sep. 2023 Spreading leaf mold on the soil or using it to top dress pots and containers can, again, slowly release nutrients for plants to take up over time. Staff Author, Treehugger, 28 Mar. 2023 Medium-high fertility can be achieved with some aged manure, compost, leaf mold or a combination of these. oregonlive, 19 Feb. 2023 Bark, manure, leaf mold and compost are among the organic amendments commonly used to improve clay soil, Brewer noted. oregonlive, 7 Feb. 2022 Mulch your vegetable crops and flowering annuals (petunias, geraniums, etc.) using clean straw or hay, rice hulls or leaf mold. Brittany Trang, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 June 2021 The soil will benefit from a little cultivation and a top dressing of compost or leaf mold, which is then scratched into the soil. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2021 An annual top dressing of compost or leaf mold will help keep a redbud happy. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2021 Use a porous, lightly acidic planting mix that contains some peat moss and leaf mold. Earl Nickel, SFChronicle.com, 4 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1724, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of leaf mold was in 1724

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“Leaf mold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leaf%20mold. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

leaf mold

: a compost or layer composed chiefly of decayed leaves

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