leaf mold


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leaf mold

n.
1. Humus or compost consisting of decomposed leaves and other organic material.
2. A fungal disease of plants that chiefly affects foliage.

leaf′ mold`


n.
1. a compost or layer of soil composed chiefly of decayed leaves.
2. any mold that forms on leaves.
[1835–45]

leaf mold

The pleasant-smelling, flaky material that results from the decomposition of leaves.
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Noun1.leaf mold - soil composed mainly of decaying leavesleaf mold - soil composed mainly of decaying leaves
mould, mold - loose soil rich in organic matter
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Leaf mold provides excellent habitat for soil life such as earthworms and beneficial bacteria.
There is the tenderness that lasts until the trees turn to leaf mold.
In place of peat moss, perlite and vermiculite (the three leading ingredients in bagged potting soil), you can simply combine your best soil with cured compost, leaf mold, rotted sawdust (from untreated wood) or a long list of other organic ingredients.
Use finished compost, leaf mold, peat moss, nitrohumus or whatever decomposed organic material you can lay your hands on, and mix in at least 12 cubic feet of amendment per 100 square feet of raised beds.
But most importantly, in order to survive for a second season, they require the white, stringy fungus found in leaf mold.