leaf mold

noun

Definition of leaf mold

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

Examples of leaf mold in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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

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First Known Use of leaf mold

1724, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Leaf mold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leaf%20mold. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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