for phosphorus—the most
problematic pollutant in Lake Champlain and in many other lakes in Vermont
and northern New York. Phosphorus is a nutrient found in most lawn and
garden fertilizers. When fertilizers run off from lawns and into lakes,
they feed unsightly, smelly and potentially toxic blue-green algal blooms.
a Switch! It's easy for home
owners and businesses to switch to P-free (phosphorus-free) lawn
fertilizers to reduce urban sources of phosphorus.
Doing so may help reduce algal growth in your favorite lake—and
you can still have a beautiful lawn!
It's the Law! New laws in Vermont and New York that took effect January 1, 2012, prohibit the application of phosphorus fertilizers except in certain circumstances. Fertilizer with phosphorus may be applied to new lawns (or non-agricultural turf in the 1st growing season in New York) or if a soil test indicates a phosphorus deficiency.