top-dress


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top-dress

(tŏp′drĕs′)
tr.v. top-dressed, top-dress·ing, top-dress·es
1. To cover (a road surface) with loose material that is not worked in.
2. To apply top dressing to (soil or plants).

top-dress

vb
(Agriculture) (tr) to spread manure or fertilizer on the surface of (land) without working it into the soil

top′-dress`



v.t.
to fertilize (land) on the surface.
[1725–35]
top′ dress`ing, n.

top-dress


Past participle: top-dressed
Gerund: top-dressing

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
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Present Continuous
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Present Perfect
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Past Continuous
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Past Perfect
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Future
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Future Perfect
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Future Continuous
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Present Perfect Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Conditional
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Past Conditional
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top-dress

An application of fertilizer or manure to the soil surface after planting.
References in classic literature ?
They must plow, and sow, and top-dress, and bottom-dress, and deep-drain, and surface-drain, and all the rest of it.
Top-dress established borders with garden compost or well-rotted manure.
Cut back asparagus to ground level when the fronds have turned completely yellow, remove weeds from the bed and top-dress it with a mixture of soil and well-rotted compost
Top-dress or repot pot-grown camellias when they pass out of flower.
Remove winter protection from containers and top-dress or replant pot-bound plants.
FEED mature border plants by forking in a handful of Growmore per sq yard and top-dress weed-free soil with bark or cocoa shells.
1Plant up any gaps on the rock garden and top-dress with chippings after applying a slow-release fertiliser.
Top-dress lawns on heavy soils with coarse sand, fine grit, perlite or vermiculite, plus a soil conditioner and brush in, after aeration treatment.
Put crocks in the bottom of the pot for drainage and top-dress the compost with gravel.