\ˈməlch, 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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Suspicious incident, Crocker Park: A caller to Westlake police at 4:30 p.m. April 28 said a man was passed out in the mulch in front of a Crocker Park store, and his skin was turning blue. Bruce Geiselman,, "Thieves break into Westlake business: police blotter," 12 May 2018 For a more solid weed barrier, spread several layers of newspaper under the mulch. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: Mulch volcanoes are not what nature intended," 12 Apr. 2018 The crop, which once thrived in Kentucky, was historically used for rope, clothing, and mulch from the fiber, hemp milk and cooking oil from the seeds, and soap and lotions. Bruce Schreiner, The Christian Science Monitor, "McConnell leads Congress in reconsidering hemp's agricultural potential," 27 Mar. 2018 The crop, which once thrived in Kentucky, was historically used for rope but has many other uses, including clothing and mulch from the fiber, hemp milk and cooking oil from the seeds, and soap and lotions., "McConnell Wants Hemp Removed From Controlled Substance List," 26 Mar. 2018 Add mulch to plants that need protection from the elements. Wire Services, The Seattle Times, "10 items to check off your fall home to-do list," 15 Oct. 2018 Items qualifying for the exemption include soaker or drip-irrigation hoses; moisture controls for a sprinkler or irrigation system; mulch; and plants, trees and grasses. Houston Chronicle, "Sales tax holidays for water-efficient and ENERGY STAR products set for May 26-28," 22 May 2018 The bill, which would allow mulch and composting practices on some farmland in the western portion of the county, could be acted on by the council as early as Monday. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "County executive wants Howard mulch bill withdrawn," 4 May 2018 Growing guidelines When okra is 4 inches tall, mulch to keep out weeds and conserve moisture. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Your Complete Guide To Growing Okra," 21 Feb. 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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The first known use of mulch was in 1657

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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


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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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