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top dressing

a thin layer of loose gravel that covers the top of a road surface

top dressing

A layer, usually thin, of manure, humus, loam, etc., to improve soil conditions in planted areas.
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For the contrast between 1/3 of N at sowing + 2/3 as top dressing (40 and 80 kg [ha.
It can be applied as a side dressing around the base of the plants, or as a top dressing.
Castings can be applied by top dressing individual plants and seedlings or by making a worm tea.
They'll add to the top dressing, and you need the worms to keep the soil open and aerated.
Be aware that aeration of a lawn, which mechanically removes plugs of grass and soil, ought to be done immediately prior to top dressing to enhance penetration of the compost.
Pot-grown shrubs benefit from a top dressing with fresh potting compost.
Apply a top dressing to indoor cucumbers as their roots grow through the compost.
Apply vegetables, fruit and roses with a top dressing of fertiliser.
Use shears to cut back clumps of mint to near ground level and apply a top dressing of leaf mould or compost.
They're an indulgent choice for a bathroom where they'll thrive in the hot, steamy atmosphere and can be made into an all the more exotic gift with a top dressing of scented pebbles.
The council supplies fertiliser, top dressing and fencing and hires equipment for the club, while fans cut and roll the pitch.