Subscriber login

Welcome to our new site. You will need to reset your password if this is your first time logging in. Please click here to reset your password.
News
What you need to know for 01/16/2017

New York: Avoid lawn fertilizers with phosphorus

New York: Avoid lawn fertilizers with phosphorus

State environmental officials are reminding New Yorkers not to use lawn fertilizers that contain pho

State environmental officials are reminding New Yorkers not to use lawn fertilizers that contain phosphorus.

New York law prohibits the use of phosphorus fertilizers on lawns unless the lawn is being established or if a soil test shows that it is needed. The state law does not affect agricultural fertilizer or fertilizer for gardens.

Phosphorus can encourage the growth of algae in ponds and lakes, which is bad for drinking water and for fish.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation suggests that New Yorkers pay attention to phosphorus content when buying fertilizer. Fertilizer labels have three bold numbers, with the middle number representing the percentage of phosphorus in the product. So a bag with 22-0-15 printed on it has no phosphorus.

You have 0 articles 1 articles 2 articles 3 articles 4 articles 5 articles 6 articles 7 articles remaining of Daily Gazette free premium content.

You have reached your monthly premium content limit.

Continue to enjoy Daily Gazette premium content by becoming a subscriber.
Already a subscriber? Log In