Maryland Enacts Most Comprehensive Regulation of Lawn Care
Starting today, the dying Chesapeake Bay is getting some help. Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law legislation that limits both the content and the application of fertilizer for urban and suburban lawns, an effort supporters say should help rescue the nutrient-polluted Bay area.
The law bars any phosphorus in any fertilizer except those meant to boost growth of new or repaired lawns. It also limits nitrogen content and restricts where homeowners and lawn-care companies can apply fertilizer, requiring it not be sprayed or spread within 10-15 feet of water.
People paid to apply fertilizer would be required to undergo training and obtain certification from the Maryland Department of Agriculture, much as pest-control workers are now.
“This is an opportunity for homeowners to do their share,” said Del. James Hubbard, a Prince George’s County Democrat who introduced HB573 on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay Commission. The commission, representing lawmakers from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, pushed the states to adopt lawn fertilizer limits this year. Virginia enacted curbs on phosphorus, and legislation is now being drafted in Pennsylvania.
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