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Northwood News ♦ June 2014

Fertilizing Your Lawn:  New Restrictions in Effect

By Jacquie Bokow

Grass looks good and gives us a place to play outdoors, but it does more than that.  The dense roots formed by grass anchors the soil, preventing soil erosion; filters pollutants from run-off; and slows excess water down, allowing it to sink into the ground.

But our lawn care practices can have a negative impact on the health of the Chesapeake Bay.  To combat the negative effect of fertilizer on the Bay, the Fertilizer Use Act passed in 2011 went into full effect 1 October 2013.

Homeowners and do-it-yourselfers are required to obey fertilizer application restrictions, observe fertilizer blackout dates, and follow University of Maryland recommendations when fertilizing lawns.  Follow these best management practices for a healthy lawn and healthy waterways:

Fertilizer Restrictions for Both Homeowners and Professionals

For Professional Applicators

See the University of Maryland Extension Service — online at — for further details.    ■

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