Origin of mulchMiddle English molsh, soft, akin to German dialect, dialectal molsch, soft: for probably Indo-European base see mold
transitive verbmulched, mulch·ing, mulch·es
Origin of mulchProbably from Middle English molsh soft, moist (used of soil) Dutch mals soft, mellow from Middle Dutch malsch ; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural mulches)
- (uncountable, agriculture) Shredded vegetable (occasionally mineral) matter used to cover the top layer of soil to protect, insulate, or decorate it, or to discourage weeds or retain moisture.
- An organic mulch is a mulch made of natural substances such as leaves or grass clippings.
- (countable, agriculture) A material used as mulch, as a decorative redwood bark mulch.
(third-person singular simple present mulches, present participle mulching, simple past and past participle mulched)
- (agriculture) To apply mulch.
- Mulch your vegetable garden to retain moisture and keep weeds down.
- (agriculture) To turn into mulch.
- I decided to mulch the grass clippings.
Probably from Middle English melsche, molsh (“soft"), from Old English melsc, milisc (“mellow, mild").