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A protective covering, as of bark chips, straw, or plastic sheeting, placed on the ground around plants to suppress weed growth, retain soil moisture, or prevent freezing of roots.
tr.v. mulched, mulch·ing, mulch·es
To cover or surround with mulch.
(Agriculture) half-rotten vegetable matter, peat, etc, used to prevent soil erosion or enrich the soil
(Agriculture) (tr) to cover (the surface of land) with mulch
[C17: from obsolete mulch soft; related to Old English mylisc mellow; compare dialect German molsch soft, Latin mollis soft]
1. a covering, as of straw, compost, or plastic sheeting, spread on the ground around plants to prevent excessive evaporation or erosion, enrich the soil, etc.v.t.
2. to cover with mulch.
[1650–60; n. use of obsolete mulch (adj.), Middle English molsh soft, Old English myl(i)sc mellow; c. dial. German molsch soft, overripe]
Past participle: mulched
A technique of adding a layer to the surface of the soil to suppress weeds and prevent water loss through evaporation. There are three main types: fabric sheet mulches; organic loose mulches, such as chipped bark; and inorganic loose mulches, such as gravel or pebbles.
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|Noun||1.||mulch - a protective covering of rotting vegetable matter spread to reduce evaporation and soil erosion|
|Verb||1.||mulch - cover with mulch; "mulch the flowerbeds"|
cover - provide with a covering or cause to be covered; "cover her face with a handkerchief"; "cover the child with a blanket"; "cover the grave with flowers"