Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Reminder: Cutoff Date for Fertilizing Lawns is December 1

If you plan to fertilize your lawn this fall, remember that it is against New York State law to fertilize lawns between December 1 and April 1. Some areas also have local laws about selling and using lawn fertilizers.

Visit DEC’s Lawn Fertilizer webpage for more information. The law does not apply to agricultural fertilizer or fertilizer for gardens.

Choose a lawn fertilizer with no phosphorus.

Lawn fertilizer can have unnecessary phosphorus that runs into waterbodies. Excess phosphorus in freshwater lakes and ponds can cause algae overgrowth, with serious impacts to the environment and public health.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

6 Responses

  1. Jeep says:

    Better send mother nature the memo! She plans on sending fertilizer in the form of snow from now til maybe the month of May?? I’d hate to face those NYS fines!!

  2. Tim-Brunswick says:

    Unbelievable ..is there anything that NYS doesn’t have a law to regulate….and “who” is to going arrest the average homeowner who dares to fertilize his/her lawn….maybe it’s the “Covid-19” cops who will arrest you if you have a gathering in your home on Thanksgiving or any other time with more than 10 people…….this State is absolutely ridiculous!

    • Boreas says:

      Unfortunately this is what happens when common sense and personal responsibility are ineffective. My drinking water comes from Lake Champlain, so I have a dog in this fight.

      • Jeep says:

        You may have more than one dog in the fight! If you are on a public water supply you should have concerns with the chemicals used to treat your drinking water starting with fluoride. Next how is that water transmitted to your house. Prior to sometime in the 1960’s most water mains were cast iron with LEAD joints. For a while in the 70’s and 80’s John’s Manfield produced a transite water pipe made from asbestos! After that came the PVC water pipe, which now there are concerns about how the chemicals in the drinking water are reacting to the PVC! Most all older copper service lines contain lead, lead solder

        • Boreas says:

          It is an entirely new system the village installed about 10 years ago. Working pretty good so far. Luckily the intake is deep enough that algae has yet to be a problem.

  3. Thanks for letting us know about these laws.

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