Definition of mulch in English:

mulch

noun

mass noun
  • 1Material (such as decaying leaves, bark, or compost) spread around or over a plant to enrich or insulate the soil.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Apply a three inches layer of shredded hardwood mulch on and around the planting to conserve moisture.’
    • ‘Add two to three inches of bark mulch and your tree will be set.’
    • ‘The new straw mulch also helps control weeds.’
    • ‘However, hardwood mulch tends to break down faster than softwood and may need to be reapplied sooner.’
    • ‘Add to the mulch layer if it breaks down to less than an inch.’
    • ‘Shredded leaves, conifer boughs, or straw all work well as winter mulch.’
    • ‘In fall I leave the foliage on my daylilies to act as winter mulch.’
    • ‘Remove the mulch before growth resumes once the weather warms up the following spring.’
    • ‘But removing the mulch in stages will help extend the harvest time.’
    • ‘Be sure not to use pecan leaves or shells as mulch in the vegetable garden.’
    • ‘Keep a circle of mulch around the tree, and continue fertilizing as needed.’
    • ‘The bananas stay in the ground with a thick layer of leaf mulch to protect the roots from freezing.’
    • ‘Also, replenish mulch, and remove weeds that compete for nutrients.’
    • ‘Add mulch to control soil temperatures and insulate roots in winter; the tops may freeze.’
    • ‘Water in well and add more mulch as the plants grow.’
    • ‘A thick blanket of mulch helps to hold the moisture in.’
    • ‘Applying mulch around the base of lilacs will help to keep weeds down.’
    fertilizer, mulch
    1. 1.1count noun An application of mulch.
      ‘regular mulches keep down annual weeds’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Outside chores consist of checking winter mulches, making sure there are plenty around trees, shrubs and perennials.’
      • ‘The author also gives directions for gardening with weeds and various types of controls including using hoes and mulches.’
      • ‘Cultural practices used in organic gardening include the use of mulches, crop rotation, and common-sense things like simple hygiene.’
      • ‘If you are using mulches in your garden, you are providing good carabid habitat.’
      • ‘Sometimes, as mulches decompose, a layer of white fungal mycelium will develop, which also repels water - stir it up and keep the layer thin.’
      • ‘Plastic mulches are frequently used in raised-bed culture to conserve water, control weeds with less herbicides, keep fruit clean and produce ripe berries earlier in the season.’
      • ‘A thick bark chip mulch and little nectarine is all set.’
      • ‘Don't forget to add a mulch of pea straw to hold moisture and keep a cool root run.’
      • ‘A yearly mulch of quality compost is all the fertilization your grapes should need.’
      • ‘So-called organic vineyards use mulches of living plants as well as dead material.’
      • ‘Give all fruit a mulch of manure or compost, or dead leaves.’
      • ‘Covering bare soil with a generous mulch of stable manure or compost is usually only practical for small areas.’
      • ‘The only protection between my new plants and the broiling sun was a thick mulch of rye straw.’

verb

[with object]
  • Treat or cover with mulch.

    ‘the perennials have been cut back and mulched’
    no object ‘mulch annually around the plants to retain the moisture’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wrap as much of your hibiscus as possible before a hard freeze, and water and mulch the roots.’
    • ‘If you haven't yet mulched your tomato plants, midsummer's the time to do it.’
    • ‘Others had taken down a section of fence and begun cultivating and mulching the recently abandoned vegetable beds.’
    • ‘You want to mulch a little later, after the garden's gone to sleep.’
    • ‘Water well and lightly mulch the soil between the drills.’
    • ‘He stakes and cages the tomatoes, mulches the beds with grass clippings, and makes compost.’
    • ‘Many gardeners prefer to mulch the beds with peat moss or grass clippings and do away with cultivating.’
    • ‘Sown in the spring for fall harvest, they also overwinter well when mulched heavily.’
    • ‘Mulch your soil (let it warm up first in northern gardens).’
    • ‘Mulch the soil well to help absorb runoff and to block evaporation of moisture.’
    • ‘The natural bush garden features mulched plants which require little, if any, watering.’
    • ‘If you are unsure because of harsh winters you may mulch the plants for extra protection.’
    • ‘Straw was commonly used to mulch the plants during the winter.’
    • ‘Wait a month, then lightly mulch the planted area.’
    • ‘Hostas should be planted in the soil and mulched lightly to help them through the freeze and thaw cycles.’
    • ‘Empty the whole thing out and mulch your garden with the contents.’
    • ‘Plant cool-weather vegetables such as beets, kale, lettuce, peas, radishes, spinach and turnips in late July, but keep them well watered and mulched.’
    till, plough, dig, turn, hoe

Origin

Mid 17th century probably from dialect mulch ‘soft’ used as a noun, from Old English melsc, mylsc.

Pronunciation

mulch

/mʌl(t)ʃ/