The new fertilizer law “…was conceived to protect all New Jersey surface and ground waters from impairment by minimizing nitrogen and phosphorus loading that may be derived from lawn fertilizer.” While important for plant health and growth, unfortunately, both nitrogen and phosphorous are a threat to New Jersey’s estuaries, and the quality of fresh water.
The new law has established statewide standards for fertilizer and pre-empts all NJ local municipal ordinances. It requires that, going forward, no fertilizer may be applied by consumers or professionals before March 1st or after Nov 15th. The new law also restricts the amount of nitrogen used by consumers and professionals for each application and per year, but is more lenient for professional fertilizer applicators, although the new law requires that all professional fertilizer applicators undergo training and become certified.
The fertilizer applicators at Sponzilli Landscape have already completed their training and are now certified by the state of New Jersey. Click here for more details on the New Jersey Fertilizer Law and how it applies to both consumers and professionals.