NJ is the first state to limit both the nitrogen and phosphorus content of all lawn-care fertilizer products sold at retail and to regulate the use of these fertilizers by consumers and professionals. Nutrients from fertilizer can end up in runoff and groundwater creating water quality problems. So consider alternatives to fertilizing, and if you must fertilize, use products wisely to keep it on your lawn. Click here for more lawn care tips.
What you need to know about NJ’s Fertilizer Law:
• Consumer lawn fertilizer sold or used in NJ must have at least 20 % of its nitrogen in “slow-release” form by 2013.
· Know your lawn size (land area minus house, driveway, etc), as the amounts of both fast-release and total nitrogen applications are limited based on area.
• Phosphorus is banned from lawn fertilizer with some exceptions.
• Prohibits fertilizer application from Nov. 15th – Mar. 1st or any other time the ground is frozen
(professional fertilizer applicators who must be certified, may apply fertilizer until Dec. 1st ).