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ground cover

also ground·cov·er (ground′kŭv′ər)
1. Small plants other than saplings, such as mosses, ferns, grasses, and low shrubs, growing on a forest floor.
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.
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Noun1.groundcover - low-growing plants planted in deep shade or on a steep slope where turf is difficult to growgroundcover - 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.groundcover - 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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Great as groundcover in semi-shade providing the ground retains moisture.
Euonymous fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold' makes a great groundcover but can climb walls too.
These hardy perennials are also used as groundcover on banks, between shrubs or under roses.
Turf grass is the groundcover of choice for many property owners, mainly for its rich, carpet-like appearance.
Shrub and groundcover improvements will consist of drift roses, butterfly iris, black-eyed Susan, evergreen giant liriope and other attractive plant material.
It's a matforming groundcover that sneers at dry soil and should only reach two to four inches tall.
Because of these native soil characteristics, a common technical recommendation is to maintain the soil of the orange orchards using protection by groundcover vegetation, which can minimize soil erosion and enhance soil fertility (FIDALSKl et al., 2007; AULER et al., 2008).
Also, the underside of the groundcover is another condensing surface, for soil moisture.
Together, these 'natives' make excellent groundcover but are nevertheless 'weeds,' in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Using perennial groundcover roots and shoots as alternative sources of organic material is another potential way to add enough carbon to the soil to offset the carbon lost when stover is removed.
The weekly column, which runs free in 85 newspapers in America, focuses on trees, shrubs and groundcover that even green-thumb-challenged readers can handle.
These include Miniatures, Polyanthas, and the Mediland landscape, Flower Carpet and Groundcover roses.