\ ˈməlch How to pronounce mulch (audio) , ˈməlsh\

Definition of mulch

: 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 (such as strawberries) clean

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mulch transitive verb

Examples of mulch in a Sentence

She spread some mulch around the plants.

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What does work, again, is mowing them, cutting them with a weed eater and using mulches. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s been a cool spring, but don’t be fooled. Now is the time to put plants in the ground.," 31 May 2018 Some experts suggest using mulch, while others suggest using play sand. Rebecca Kurson, Good Housekeeping, "10 Genius Tips For Dog-Proofing Your Garden," 17 Jan. 2018 When winter looms, apply a mulch of crisscrossed evergreen boughs to help plants make it through the cold weather ahead. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Gorgeous Chrysanthemums This Fall," 9 Aug. 2018 In one case, the student pinned the twin sister on the ground, mocked her appearance, and then rubbed mulch into her eyes, according to the complaint. Robert Moran,, "Lawsuit: Camden school failed to stop bullying of disabled kids," 24 May 2018 Also, rake up debris around the bushes and apply new mulch. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Warm weather speeds up garden clock," 9 Feb. 2018 They're turned into mulch, which is then often used to spruce up public land (think parks and community gardens) or given to people who need it, according to The New York Times. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Recycling Your Christmas Tree," 20 Dec. 2018 Conversely, a dedicated mulching blade helps mulch leaves into your lawn. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "Do I Need To Change My Lawnmower Blades?," 22 Jan. 2019 By the end of the hugging, the parade of students had tamped down enough mulch so the redbud sat on top of a mound of much like a cherry on a sundae. Bill Leukhardt,, "Wethersfield School Remembers First Grader Who Died Of Cancer," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of mulch

1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mulch

perhaps irregular from English dialect melch soft, mild

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English Language Learners 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


\ ˈməlch How to pronounce mulch (audio) \

Kids Definition of mulch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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


mulched; mulching

Kids Definition of mulch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover with mulch

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a shady place in a garden or forest

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