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mulch

 (mŭlch)
n.
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.

[Probably from Middle English molsh, soft, moist (used of soil); akin to Dutch mals, soft, mellow, from Middle Dutch malsch; see mel- in Indo-European roots.]

mulch

(mʌltʃ)
n
(Agriculture) half-rotten vegetable matter, peat, etc, used to prevent soil erosion or enrich the soil
vb
(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]

mulch

(mʌltʃ)

n.
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]

mulch


Past participle: mulched
Gerund: mulching

Imperative
mulch
mulch
Present
I mulch
you mulch
he/she/it mulches
we mulch
you mulch
they mulch
Preterite
I mulched
you mulched
he/she/it mulched
we mulched
you mulched
they mulched
Present Continuous
I am mulching
you are mulching
he/she/it is mulching
we are mulching
you are mulching
they are mulching
Present Perfect
I have mulched
you have mulched
he/she/it has mulched
we have mulched
you have mulched
they have mulched
Past Continuous
I was mulching
you were mulching
he/she/it was mulching
we were mulching
you were mulching
they were mulching
Past Perfect
I had mulched
you had mulched
he/she/it had mulched
we had mulched
you had mulched
they had mulched
Future
I will mulch
you will mulch
he/she/it will mulch
we will mulch
you will mulch
they will mulch
Future Perfect
I will have mulched
you will have mulched
he/she/it will have mulched
we will have mulched
you will have mulched
they will have mulched
Future Continuous
I will be mulching
you will be mulching
he/she/it will be mulching
we will be mulching
you will be mulching
they will be mulching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been mulching
you have been mulching
he/she/it has been mulching
we have been mulching
you have been mulching
they have been mulching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been mulching
you will have been mulching
he/she/it will have been mulching
we will have been mulching
you will have been mulching
they will have been mulching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been mulching
you had been mulching
he/she/it had been mulching
we had been mulching
you had been mulching
they had been mulching
Conditional
I would mulch
you would mulch
he/she/it would mulch
we would mulch
you would mulch
they would mulch
Past Conditional
I would have mulched
you would have mulched
he/she/it would have mulched
we would have mulched
you would have mulched
they would have mulched

mulch

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mulch - a protective covering of rotting vegetable matter spread to reduce evaporation and soil erosionmulch - a protective covering of rotting vegetable matter spread to reduce evaporation and soil erosion
protective cover, protective covering, protection - a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury; "they had no protection from the fallout"; "wax provided protection for the floors"
Verb1.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"
Translations
mulchen
mulczować

mulch

[mʌltʃ]
A. Ncapote m, mantillo m
B. VTcubrir con capote, cubrir con mantillo

mulch

(Hort)
nKrümelschicht f, → Mulch m (spec)
vtmulchen (spec), → abdecken

mulch

[mʌltʃ] npacciame m
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