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mulch

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Pronunciation: /mʌl(t)ʃ
 
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Definition of mulch in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Material (such as decaying leaves, bark, or compost) spread around or over a plant to enrich or insulate the soil.
Example sentences
  • Cover with shredded bark mulch, straw, hay or evergreen boughs to protect them over the winter.
  • Water regularly during dry spells and spread mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist.
  • To prevent dry soil, spread mulch around plants.
1.1 [count noun] An application of mulch: regular mulches keep down annual weeds
More example sentences
  • Weeds are best controlled through regular cultivation and/or through the use of mulches.
  • Earthworms often thrive under mulch and in general mulches usually help plants grow better.
  • Both organic and inorganic mulches have numerous benefits.

verb

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Treat or cover with mulch: the perennials have been cut back and mulched [no object]: mulch annually around the plants to retain the moisture
More example sentences
  • Mr Thomas said there is a range of things people can do to save water, including mulching the garden and covering swimming pools to reduce evaporation.
  • In these zones, spring-flowering bulbs must be mulched during the winter due to the danger of frost damage.
  • By mulching, cover cropping, and composting, you can work on the soil all season long.

Origin

mid 17th century: probably from dialect mulch 'soft' used as a noun, from Old English melsc, mylsc.

Words that rhyme with mulch

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