fer·​til·​iz·​er | \ ˈfər-tə-ˌlī-zər How to pronounce fertilizer (audio) \

Definition of fertilizer

: one that fertilizes specifically : a substance (such as manure or a chemical mixture) used to make soil more fertile

Examples of fertilizer in a Sentence

We only use organic fertilizer in our gardens. They use chemical fertilizers on their lawn.
Recent Examples on the Web Thereafter keep fertilizer applications to only what is applied to nearby lawns and ornamental plantings. Tom Maccubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 21 May 2022 Fertilize new lettuce plants with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Give your lettuce a break from full sun. Lynn Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 May 2022 Remember to fertilize them with organic, granular, all-purpose fruit tree fertilizer. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2022 In 2022, the road to riches is paved with fertilizer. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 2 May 2022 The creatures might have dropped embryonic cycads in new places, complete with some fresh fertilizer to aid their growth. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2022 Fertilize the lawn with a slow-release fertilizer such as 19-05-09 after real grass has been mowed two times, which is usually about May 1. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Mar. 2022 In a scene filmed in July 2020, amid the outbreak’s second surge, Samarco fills large wooden containers with fertilizer. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2022 Fertilizing with a general-purpose fertilizer about once a month should give you good results. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 6 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fertilizer

circa 1661, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fertilizer was circa 1661

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25 May 2022

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“Fertilizer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fertilizer. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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: material added to soil to make it more fertile


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