from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a large number of natural and synthetic materials, including manure and nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium compounds, spread on or worked into soil to increase its capacity to support plant growth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A natural substance that is used to make the ground more suitable for growing plants.
- n. A chemical compound created to have the same effect.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who fertilizes; the agent that carries the fertilizing principle, as a moth to an orchid.
- n. That which renders fertile; a general name for commercial substances which make plants grow better, as manure, guano, phosphate of lime, ammonium nitrate, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which fertilizes; specifically, a manure, whether organic or inorganic: as, guano is a powerful fertilizer. Also spelled fertiliser.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any substance such as manure or a mixture of nitrates used to make soil more fertile
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Most people, when they use the term fertilizer, think primarily of artificial fertilizer.
"Right now nitrogen fertilizer is like 115 million tons per year around the world," added Rao.
As Beatrix has reminded you, bad information about your organic fertilizer is just as dangerous as cutworms.
Also there were loads of commercial fertilizer from the railroad station, bought under Mrs. Mortimer's instructions.
Instead of tilling the dirt and pumping in fertilizer, you build a big box, put a liner on the bottom, and fill it with a mixture of peat moss, vermiculite and compost.
It quickly becomes a breeding pool for all kinds of bacteria; it also might contain fertilizer, pesticides or other chemicals from the tree.
Runoff of nitrogen fertilizer is a major problem — causing eutrophication of our lakes and dead zones in our oceans.
In addition, Radioactive contaminants have been found in some brands of Yerba Mate, suggesting that they were grown with fertilizer from the area around the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident.
Via the drip irrigation system, also fertilizer is distributed inside the four-layer textile of the wall.
Effects of long-term fertilizer addition and experimental warming and shading during the growing season on aboveground net primary production (NPP) of different plant functional types at Toolik Lake, Alaska, showing NPP by functional type and treatment (a) in 1983, after three years of treatment, and (b) in 1989, after nine years of treatment .