We’re getting a bit of mixed precipitation as I write this, but most folks’ lawns around the Lake are bare… so just in case you’re thinking of getting an extra early start on your spring yard work, I thought I’d remind you of the new NYS lawn fertilizer law. It went into effect on Jan. 1 of this year.
This new law:
- Prohibits the use of phosphorus-containing lawn fertilizer unless establishing a new lawn or a soil test shows that the lawn does not have enough phosphorus.
- Prohibits the application of lawn fertilizer on impervious surfaces and requires pick up of fertilizer applied or spilled onto impervious surfaces.
- Prohibits the application of lawn fertilizer within 20 feet of any surface water except: where there is a vegetative buffer of at least 10 feet; or where the fertilizer is applied by a device with a spreader guard, deflector shield or drop spreader at least three feet from surface water
- Prohibits the application of lawn fertilizer between December 1st and April 1st
- Require retailers to display phosphorus containing fertilizers separately from non-phosphorus fertilizers and to post an educational sign where the phosphorus-containing fertilizers are displayed.
This provision DOES NOT impact agricultural fertilizer or fertilizer for gardens.
Remember ….when buying fertilizer — look for the “0” as your middle number. That means it is phosphorus free.
More on what you CAN do in your yard this spring coming up in future posts!