leaf mold

noun

1
: a compost or layer composed chiefly of decayed leaves
2
: a mold or mildew that affects foliage

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Most high-quality compost will contain mostly leaf mold, yard waste, and animal manure, explains April Johnson, horticulturalist at the Rodale Institute, an organic research farm located in Pennsylvania. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, 27 July 2017 See More

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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 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

leaf mold

noun
: a compost or layer composed chiefly of decayed leaves

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