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Connecticut Organic Lawn Fertilizers in Jeopardy

[caption id="attachment_5305" align="alignleft" width="563" caption="At this golf course, where grass is fertilized and grown to the pond's edge, the water is eutrified by excess phosphorus load. "][/caption] WHEN IT COMES TO LAWNS, FEW STATES RIVAL CONNECTICUT for the amount of passion folks can muster. It’s the richest state in the nation per capita and all those folks with nice properties want to su ...

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The Lawn Phosphorus Firestorm: The Flames Are Warming

New Laws Wrongfully Restrict Organic Fertilizers [caption id="attachment_4440" align="alignleft" width="360" caption="After more than 70 years in business, Milorganite is finding its product illegal as a lawn fertilizer in some states due to the 2 percent phosphorus in the bag. Other organic fertilizers are fighting the same issue."][/caption] The coming year is shaping up as a major battleground and your l ...

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Michigan Phosphorus Data: The Fertilizer Ban is Working

Citing data that shows a 17 percent reduction in phosphorus runoff in a local river, a University of Michigan professor told SafeLawns.org that three years of studies indicate a ban on phosphorus in lawn fertilizers is working as intended. Bans of phosphorus in lawn fertilizer have become hugely controversial across the United States in the past four years. Opponents of the bans say that the major sources o ...

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New York, New Jersey Elevate Lawn Phosphorus Debate

[caption id="attachment_1906" align="alignnone" width="675" caption="This product, with 3 percent phosphorus (P), would be illegal under a new New York law."][/caption] Compile all the managed lawn surface in New York and New Jersey and, conservatively speaking, you'd probably be talking about 15 percent of the total lawn care industry in the United States. That puts billions of dollars and high emotion int ...

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Study: Phosphorus Bans Appear to be Working

No fewer than 11 states have enacted or are considering restrictions or outright bans on the application of lawn fertilizers containing phosphorus. We've blogged about the issue here several times, including this item about New Jersey from late July (Click keyword phosphorus in upper right-hand corner of this page to find other entries). While I still have the concerns that these bans unfairly and perhaps u ...

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