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top dressing

n.
1. A covering of loose gravel on a road.
2. A covering of fertilizer or compost spread on soil without being worked in.
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top dressing

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topdressing

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1. (Agriculture) a surface application of manure or fertilizer to land
2. (Civil Engineering) a thin layer of loose gravel that covers the top of a road surface
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Noun1.top dressing - a layer of fertilizer or manure not plowed intop dressing - a layer of fertilizer or manure not plowed in
fecundation, fertilisation, fertilization, dressing - making fertile as by applying fertilizer or manure
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Matting A method of breaking up soil cores or working in topdressing by dragging a steel mat over the surface of the turf area.
Brauen (1988) found that increasing the peat moss to sand ratio of topdressing during bentgrass seedling establishment on sand resulted in higher soil moisture, more rapid germination, and higher percentage cover.
Because of the few studies, this research was conducted to test the best N dose, using urea as N source, to be applied as topdressing in the initial development of 'pitombeira' seedlings in nursery.
Two topdressing fertilizations were performed with 30kg [ha.sup.-1] of N, 15kg [ha.sup.-1] of P, and 30kg [ha.sup.-1] of K with a 23-day interval between them.
Following the first rainfall events, the grass received 200kg [ha.sup.-1] of NPK topdressing (20:00:20) in the first 2 weeks of September.
The third generation was characterized by maintenance or small reduction in the NT in most treatments (Figure 2), which can be explained by the maintenance of fertilization levels through topdressing fertilization.
This mixture is usually the result of topdressing, a maintenance practice discussed in Chapter 18.
Water management in 2005 was similar to the former 2 years, except that a typhoon disrupted the midseason aeration, and after the topdressing of N fertiliser at panicle initiation, fields were kept continuously flooded for another 2 weeks.
The first topdressing was applied 1 wk (second crops) or 2 wk (first crops) after transplanting with the composite fertilizer TAI-FEI No.
Three topdressing fertilizations were applied: at 30 days after seedling transplantation, N and K: at 60 days, N, and at 90 days, N and K, following the recommendations of Goncalves & Benedetti (2005).