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mulch

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noun \ˈməlch\

Simple Definition of mulch

  • : a material (such as straw, leaves, or small pieces of wood) that is spread over the ground in a garden to protect the plants or help them grow and to stop weeds from growing

Full Definition of mulch

  1. :  a protective covering (as of sawdust, compost, or paper) spread or left on the ground to reduce evaporation, maintain even soil temperature, prevent erosion, control weeds, enrich the soil, or keep fruit (as strawberries) clean

mulch transitive verb

Examples of mulch

  1. She spread some mulch around the plants.



Origin of mulch

perhaps irregular from English dialect melch soft, mild


First Known Use: 1657

Rhymes with mulch


MULCH Defined for Kids

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mulch

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noun \ˈməlch\

Definition of mulch

  1. :  a material (as straw or bark) spread over the ground especially to protect the roots of plants from heat or cold, to keep soil moist, and to control weeds




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Definition of mulch

mulchedmulch·ing

  1. :  to cover with mulch




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