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top dressing Syllabification: top dress·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈtäp ˌdresiNG/

Definition of top dressing in English:


An application of manure or fertilizer to the surface layer of soil or a lawn.
Example sentences
  • The compost can be used as mulch around plants, as a top dressing over your lawn which can fertilise the soil, or as a soil improver in vegetable or flower beds.
  • Some sites were completely excavated and refilled with fresh compost and soil; others receive top dressing with 2 feet of compost.
  • Then walk up and down the lawn pulling the device and smoothing out the mounds while top dressing the lawn at the same time.


Pronunciation: /ˈtäp ˌdres/
Example sentences
  • Finish pruning and top-dress fruit trees, shrubs and brambles with well-rotted manure or compost.
  • Use the small marbles to top-dress your lawn, or mulch roses, vegetables or flower beds.
  • Rake up the cores and top-dress with a fine mulch, such as compost.
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