topdressing

noun
top·​dress·​ing | \ ˈtäp-ˌdre-siŋ How to pronounce topdressing (audio) \
variants: or top dressing or less commonly top-dressing
plural topdressings or top dressings also top-dressings

Definition of topdressing

: a material (such as compost) used to top-dress soil Bagged steer manure was used in the past as a topdressing for lawns when overseeding.— Bob Morris By adding an inch of top dressing each year you can get a nice thick layer of topsoil in a few years.— Gerald Filipski also : the act or practice of applying topdressing Cultivation in conjunction with topdressing should be accomplished during times of the year when there is adequate moisture available and when the turf is actively growing and is in a position to repair itself. — Jim Hermann

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, 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of topdressing

1741, in the meaning defined above

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“Topdressing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/topdressing. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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