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ground cover

also ground·cov·er (ground′kŭv′ər)
n.
1. Small plants other than saplings, such as mosses, ferns, grasses, and low shrubs, growing on a forest floor.
2.
a. A low-growing dense growth of plants, such as pachysandra or crown vetch, planted for ornamental purposes or to prevent soil erosion in areas where turf is difficult to grow, as in deep shade or on a steep slope.
b. A plant used for such a growth.

ground cover

n
(Botany)
a. dense low herbaceous plants and shrubs that grow over the surface of the ground, esp, in a forest, preventing soil erosion or, in a garden, stifling weeds
b. (as modifier): ground-cover plants.

ground′ cov`er


n.
1. the herbaceous plants and low shrubs in a forest, considered as a whole.
2. any of various low-growing plants and trailing vines used for covering the ground, esp. where grass is difficult to grow.
[1895–1900]

ground cover

Low-growing plants that are grown to smother the ground and suppress weeds.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ground cover - low-growing plants planted in deep shade or on a steep slope where turf is difficult to growground cover - low-growing plants planted in deep shade or on a steep slope where turf is difficult to grow
botany, flora, vegetation - all the plant life in a particular region or period; "Pleistocene vegetation"; "the flora of southern California"; "the botany of China"
Hernaria glabra, rupturewort - common prostrate Old World herb often used as a ground cover; formerly reputed to cure ruptures
whitlowwort - any of various low-growing tufted plants of the genus Paronychia having tiny greenish flowers and usually whorled leaves; widespread throughout warm regions of both Old and New Worlds; formerly thought to cure whitlows (suppurative infections around a fingernail)
pearlweed, pearl-weed, pearlwort - any of various low-growing plants of the genus Sagina having small spherical flowers resembling pearls
baby tears, baby's tears, Helxine soleirolia, Soleirolia soleirolii - prostrate or creeping Corsican herb with moss-like small round short-stemmed leaves
2.ground cover - small plants other than saplings growing on a forest floor
underbrush, undergrowth, underwood - the brush (small trees and bushes and ferns etc.) growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest
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Heucheras are wellbehaved ground covers - they don't invade but gently Pachysandra increase their girth.
Heucheras are well-behaved ground covers - they don't invade but gently increase their girth.
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After a section on planning issues, such as drainage and preparing the soil for planting, the book gives advice on lawns and other ground covers, shrubs and trees, brick and concrete patios, and fences and walls.
Conventional and organic farmers know that plastic or fabric ground covers can help suppress weeds and retain soil moisture.
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COVERING GROUND; UNEXPECTED IDEAS FOR LANDSCAPING WITH COLORFUL, LOW-MAINTENANCE GROUND COVERS addresses all issues revolving around yard and ground covers and is a top pick for any public lending library's home and garden reference collection.
TIP OF THE WEEK: Violets (Viola odorata) are one of the easiest ground covers to grow, due to their tough rhizomatous root systems.
The ground plan is designed as a parterre of planted ground covers, crushed white marble, recycled black rubber and blue marbles which are under-lit, giving the garden a nighttime glow and sense of water.
Over 150 b/w illustrations clarify the various techniques, and new highlights of the second edition include additional chapters on pruning ground covers and hedges, expanded coverage of mounding-habit, cane-growing, and tree-like shrubs, pruning tips organized by regions of America, new illustrations, and more.
One of the most significant ways to "green" your landscape is by shrinking your lawn and replacing it with multi-storied groupings of plants, trees, shrubs, and ground covers.