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.

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Meanwhile, costs for fertilizer, seeds and other materials have risen. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Low prices, floods and trade wars plague American farmers, putting their survival at risk," 6 June 2019 Healthy soil needs less fertilizer, retains water and produces better crops. oregonlive.com, "Bury those tighty whities to test garden soil’s health," 5 June 2019 Fertilize in summer with a citrus fertilizer or one labeled for rhododendrons and blueberries. Kym Pokorny, OregonLive.com, "How to grow Meyer lemons in the Northwest," 25 Apr. 2018 Shear back groundcovers and decorative grasses and wake up your flower beds with a general fertilizer. idahostatesman, "A gardening to do list for March and April | Idaho Statesman," 21 Mar. 2018 This includes weed and feed products that contain herbicides to kill weeds along with the fertilizer. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Lawn Care 101: How to spot and treat common turf issues before spring arrives," 24 Feb. 2018 When the growing season begins in early spring, start feeding the plants with an organic 3-3-3 fertilizer. Martha Stewart, star-telegram, "Take in the beauty of begonias, in their many shapes and sizes," 20 Jan. 2018 The drip system directs drops of water enhanced with fertilizers directly onto the roots of plants, minimizing the water loss in the irrigation process. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Drought-Ridden Paraguay Will Use Water Saving Israeli Drip Irrigation," 26 June 2016 Walmart counts emissions related to the fertilizer used to grow the corn fed to hogs that become ham and bacon in its stores. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Employees are pressuring Amazon to become a leader on climate. Here’s how that could work.," 18 May 2019

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First Known Use of fertilizer

circa 1661, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fertilizer

: a substance (such as manure or a special chemical) that is added to soil to help the growth of plants


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

Kids Definition of fertilizer

: material added to soil to make it more fertile

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