side dressing

noun
the fertilizer used to side-dress plants.

Origin:
1930–35

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side-dress

[sahyd-dres]
verb (used with object), side-dressed, side-dressing.
to fertilize (growing plants) by mixing fertilizer into the soil along each row.

Origin:
1965–70

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side-dress
 
vb
(tr) to place fertilizers on or in the soil near the roots of (growing plants)

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Example sentences
Producers were side dressing corn with fertilizer and cultivating for weeds.
Compost can be used as a side dressing during the growing season and mixed into each transplant hole or seed furrow.
If sulfur is not applied before cotton is planted, it should be included with the nitrogen side dressing.
Side dressing of nitrogen is being done by some to try to overcome some of those effects.
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