topdressing

noun
top·​dress·​ing | \ ˈtäp-ˌdre-siŋ How to pronounce topdressing (audio) \

Definition of topdressing

: a material used to top-dress soil

Examples of topdressing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Give your perennials a boost this fall with a topdressing of organic matter. Melinda Myers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Give perennial gardens a boost in two easy steps," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of topdressing

1744, in the meaning defined above

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“Topdressing.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/topdressing. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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