\ 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

Other Words from mulch

mulch transitive verb

Examples of mulch in a Sentence

She spread some mulch around the plants.
Recent Examples on the Web Here are some suggestions from Adams: Spread mulch. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2022 Food scraps, including raw and cooked foods, animal products and bones, can be dropped off in the located by the mulch piles at the Avon Lake Service Department building, 750 Avon Belden Road, at any time. cleveland, 14 May 2022 Attendees can enter a free drawing for five yards of landscaping mulch of their choice from Supreme Forest Products, West Hartford’s Recycling Center operators. Hartford Courant, 12 May 2022 Kaino walks deeper into the forest on a wooden footpath that, when visitors arrive, will be coated with dark, recycled rubber mulch. Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 Next, mulch should be off the garden beds so the soil will continue warming. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2022 Their friend Donny helped too, and 20 bags of mulch were moved and spread in record time, holes were dug, big plants planted, pots on the deck were emptied in preparation for planting, and pruning and pulling of weeds was accomplished. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, 9 May 2022 Jute, a natural fiber, is then laid on top, to keep the mulch in place. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Cocoa bean mulch, which contains caffeine and theobromine, can cause vomiting and diarrhea, among other issues. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Mulch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for mulch


\ 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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