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DEC reminds residents of restriction against lawn fertilizers containing phosphorus


ALBANY, N.Y.—The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding New Yorkers not to use lawn fertilizers with phosphorus.

Unless a new lawn is being established, or a soil test shows the lawn doesn't have enough phosphorus, it is not prohibited by the 2012 Dishwasher Detergent and Nutrient Runoff Law.

“Too much phosphorus is harmful to the state’s water resources,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.

The law requires retailers to display phosphorus fertilizer separately from phosphorus-free fertilizer and post signs notifying customers of the terms of the law.

For the full text of the law and frequently asked questions, click here.

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