- a covering, as of straw, compost, or plastic sheeting, spread on the ground around plants to prevent excessive evaporation or erosion, enrich the soil, inhibit weed growth, etc.
- to cover with mulch.
Origin of mulch
Examples from the Web for mulch
Some use tobacco stems as a mulch about Asters instead of manure.The Mayflower, January, 1905
To provide a mulch of dry soil so as to prevent the evaporation of moisture.Agriculture for Beginners
Charles William Burkett
They should have a summer mulch to intercept the radiation of moisture from the soil.Making a Garden of Perennials
W. C. Egan
The only available material for a mulch in most instances is the soil itself.
The early clipping and the mulch cause increase in yield of seed.
- half-rotten vegetable matter, peat, etc, used to prevent soil erosion or enrich the soil
- (tr) to cover (the surface of land) with mulch
Word Origin and History for mulch
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- (cf. 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.