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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ After watering, cover the area with a thick mulch of composted bark or moist peat.
▪ By channeling water on to the desert, CO2 shrank; by channeling the water on to the dried mulch, CO2 expanded.
▪ He inspected the mulch Russell was putting on the rhododendrons underneath the windows.
▪ It fell without sound into the mulch Lois kept around her azaleas.
▪ Perhaps the countryside has much to offer that is not just wellies, point-to-points and mulch.
▪ Saprophytic fungi like coral spot on mulch are an indication of insufficient hoeing.
▪ Seed, mixed in water with an organic mulch, is sprayed from a slow-moving vehicle directly on to the sand.
▪ The clippings were piled on the soil as mulch and wetted.
▪ Although any lawn mower blade should be kept sharp, sharpness is crucial for mulching.
▪ Plant in the same way as for trees and shrubs, mulching the prepared ground with black plastic or strips of old carpet.
▪ She believes in growing the trees well by mulching every September and feeding in March and July.
▪ The box can be left off when cutting short grass, so that clippings mulch the lawn.
▪ To encourage a fuller hedge, increase the organic matter in the soil, water, then mulch to conserve soil moisture.
▪ Water thoroughly then mulch with a generous layer of peat, composted bark or garden compost.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mulch \Mulch\, n. [Cf. mull dirt, also Prov. G. mulsch, molsch, rotten, soft, mellow, as fruit.] Half-rotten straw, or any similar light, porous, organic substance strewn on the ground, as over the roots of plants, to protect from heat, drought, etc., and to hinder weed growth and preserve moisture.


Mulch \Mulch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mulched; p. pr. & vb. n. Mulching.] To cover or dress with mulch.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1650s, probably from a noun use of Middle English molsh (adj.) "soft, moist" (early 15c.), from Old English melsc, milisc "mellow, sweet," from Proto-Germanic *mil-sk- (cognates: Dutch mals "soft, ripe," Old High German molawen "to become soft," German mollig "soft"), from PIE root *mel- "soft" (see mild).


1802, from mulch (n.). Related: Mulched; mulching.


n. 1 (context agriculture horticulture English) Any material used to cover the top layer of soil to protect, insulate, or decorate it, or to discourage weeds or retain moisture. 2 (context countable agriculture English) A material used as mulch, as ''a decorative redwood bark mulch.'' vb. 1 (context agriculture English) To apply mulch. 2 (context agriculture English) To turn into mulch.

  1. n. a protective covering of rotting vegetable matter spread to reduce evaporation and soil erosion

  2. v. cover with mulch; "mulch the flowerbeds"


A mulch is a layer of material applied to the surface of an area of soil. Its purpose is any or all of the following:

  • to conserve moisture
  • to improve the fertility and health of the soil
  • to reduce weed growth
  • to enhance the visual appeal of the area

A mulch is usually but not exclusively organic in nature. It may be permanent (e.g. plastic sheeting) or temporary (e.g. bark chips). It may be applied to bare soil, or around existing plants. Mulches of manure or compost will be incorporated naturally into the soil by the activity of worms and other organisms. The process is used both in commercial crop production and in gardening, and when applied correctly can dramatically improve soil productivity.

Usage examples of "mulch".

Other subscribers would help with ground coverage, risking the Mulch to bring video images of the hunt back to the Canopy, with cachets to those who obtained the most spectacular footage.

Borsfa Durd was buried coffinless in a chunk of mulch, which ended the fuel-and-food supply for the runaway motorcycles and their keepers.

The criminalist saw what he recognized immediately as traces of fresh cedar mulch, the sort used in decorative gardens.

I came upon Motho, who was on his hands and knees mulching one of the bushes.

At the moment, Pex and Chips were bonding under a full moon while Mulch dug a dwarf-sized pit in the dry clay behind an abandoned cement factory.

Mike the yardman arrived, Ellery pointed him toward the mulch and vinca, with instructions to mulch first, then plant.

Inoshiro flexed vis facial actuators experimentally, shearing off mulch and grime.

Georg Grosz, Otto Dix and Max Beckmann, the Blaue Reiter group, the Fauves, Alfred Jarry and Brechtian Theatre, in the rich mulch of Anti-Semitism and Fascist insanity.

She rubbed her feet on the doorstone, scraping off the bits of mulch that clung to them.

Inside, the air was perfumed with the sugar-sweet scent of orange blossom and the earthier aroma of leaf mold and mulch.

There were references to Hermetics, and the Canopy, and the Mulch, and sometimes to something called the Game, but none of these terms were elaborated upon.

He slithered, braced against the advancing sphere, across a mulch of crushed weeds and meadowgrass, until, his heel catching in soft earth, he could not slide.

Bird, who was busy mulching and tidying a bare spot that Sister Mary Philomel had decided would be a flower garden in the spring.

I had to chase strays with a tongue like mulched straw and a headache!

Row after row, in every direction, plants were severed from their roots, the wet fruit of the cracked watermelon, the cantaloupe seeds spilled across the seaweed mulch, all of it mashed and the bright leaves blackened by the heavy tires that continued relentlessly grinding across the land with the determination of an advancing army.