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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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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.
Top dressing at the end of summer with a mixture of sand, loam, and organic matter irons out the surface level, eliminating minor hollows where children have been playing.
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.
Use it as a base dressing before planting or sowing, or as a top dressing around established flowers, fruit, salad crops or vegetables.
Aerate lawns that have had hard wear by spiking, slitting or hollow-tine forking, to relieve compaction and facilitate penetration of autumnal top dressing and feeds.
Annual fertilization should be as follows: ``Each year, mix up the appropriate mineral powders (mentioned above) and blood meal with a little fresh compost and add them as a top dressing to the container.