overfertilize

verb, transitive + intransitive over·fer·til·ize \ ˌō-vər-ˈfər-tə-ˌlīz \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overfertilize

overfertilized; overfertilizing
:to fertilize (something, such as a crop) more than is necessary or appropriate
  • … can grow in various habitats, including soil that has been overfertilized.
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  • Don't try to force it to grow where it's not suited, don't overwater, don't overfertilize and don't get so obsessed with having a weedless yard.
  • —Jim Auchmutey
  • Some manures … can be tilled directly into the soil without worry of overfertilizing.
  • —Brian Barth

overfertilization

play \ˌō-vər-ˌfər-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun, plural overfertilizations
    • overfertilization can cause the plant to be in an undesirable state at time of harvest.
    • —Hal Lemmon
    • Though peonies are hearty feeders, avoid overfertilization, especially with nitrogen.
    • —Bob Polomski

First Known Use of overfertilize

1858


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