\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Another is that they are not smothered by wood mulch. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "An unsettlingly warm winter unlocks flowering treasures," 19 Feb. 2020 Loose woody mulch added around (but not touching) your plants will add more benefits. oregonlive, "How to best improve garden soil in preparation for spring planting? Ask an expert," 16 Feb. 2020 If your soil isn’t rich and fertile, add compost to the hole, refill soil around the plant, water well, and mulch. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Are Daphne Plants, and How Do You Care for Them?," 29 Jan. 2020 Shovel out last year's mulch to provide a blank slate for a new layer, which should be added once spring planting is complete. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Follow This Spring Yard Clean Up Checklist to Make Your Patio and Lawn Summer-Ready," 29 Jan. 2020 Instead, an on-site composter turns diners’ leftovers into mulch for the mini gardens bordering the sidewalk, which also helps fertilize the rooftop gardens at Brooklyn Grange. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "Can Zero-Waste Restaurants Succeed in New York?," 28 Jan. 2020 In June 2016, Ohio police found the decomposing body of ginseng digger Bobby Joe Grubbs, 31, in Joseph Kutter’s mulch pile. Greg Kahn, National Geographic, "Demand for ginseng is creating a ‘wild west’ in Appalachia," 9 Jan. 2020 The trees will be ground into mulch for use at the Central Landfill. USA TODAY, "Surfing Santas, endangered red wolves, who owns the letter ‘O’?: News from around our 50 states," 28 Dec. 2019 Because real trees are biodegradable, there are many ways in which they can be reused and recycled, including as bird and fish feeders or mulch. Joseph Neese, House Beautiful, "The Unique Way That Chip and Joanna Gaines Recycle Their Christmas Trees," 28 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of mulch was in 1657

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24 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mulch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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