transitive + intransitive
: to fertilize (something, such as a crop) more than is necessary or appropriate
- … can grow in various habitats, including soil that has been overfertilized.
- 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 can cause the plant to be in an undesirable state at time of harvest.
Though peonies are hearty feeders, avoid overfertilization, especially with nitrogen.