Tuesday, April 5, 2011
In the last few years there have been a number of government agencies including federal, state and local municipalities, which have started the process of enacting clean water initiatives. They realize this action is necessary to provide clean drinking water and also to preserve the many benefits we enjoy from clean water including the landscaping of our properties and clean water for our beaches and lakes for us all to enjoy.
Due to a number of drought warnings in the last few years, some towns have prohibited the watering of lawns and the washing of cars. The applications of certain fertilizers and the timing of these applications have also brought on some legislation. Different areas of the country have determined that perhaps some degradation in water quality is due to nitrates and or phosphorous build up causing algae blooms in rivers, lakes and ponds. Some of this may be due to applications of fertilizers from agriculture use and home lawn applications over the years. When it comes to your lawn, you can do your part to help. A healthy lawn prevents erosion, filters pollution, recharges groundwater, and cools our environment. Feeding your lawn with Jonathan Green fertilizers keeps your lawn healthy, but fertilization must be done properly to protect our waterways.
Follow our Jonathan Green Best Management Practices guidelines on how to care for your lawn. The first thing to do is take a soil test to determine what deficiencies are present and what nutrients need to be added to grow the best turf grass. Following the tests results helps you to avoid using general “all-purpose” fertilizers when the lawn does not need all these ingredients. The use of Jonathan Green low phosphorous fertilizers, with 3-4 percent formula, or “No-phosphorous” fertilizer is one step that is being recommended. Phosphorous is listed on a bag of fertilizer as the second or “middle” number. For example, a 26-0-3 is a “No-phosphorous” formula. Jonathan Green has a number of “No-Phosphorus” fertilizers that are available including Organic Weed Control plus Fertilizer, Natural Beauty Organic Lawn Fertilizer and our Weed and Feed Lawn Fertilizer, to name a few.
The next guideline is to follow all label application directions. Why apply more than you need or an amount greater than the area you are covering? This could burn the lawn from too much fertilizer or cause injury to the grass if the product was a combination product designed to kill weeds or insects. Also, it could be damaging to the environment. Place any unused product in the original bag and tape it and secure it in a shed away from animals or children. Fertilizer is too expensive to waste.
Do not apply fertilizer products if a heavy rain is expected. This could wash some of the fertilizer across the soil surface and into storm sewer drains making its way to larger bodies of water and will not do your lawn any good. Be extra careful when using your Jonathan Green Green-Meter rotary spreader in order to keep applications on the lawn and out of the street and the driveway. Using a Jonathan Green Go-Green drop spreader along these edges can help keep fertilizer in it place. Be sure to sweep up and spills and to blow or sweep any fertilizer granules that may have landed on the driveway back onto the grass areas.
Mow your lawn frequently at a high cutting height to avoid clumps and leave the clippings on your lawn. Use a mulching mower if you can, they work great. It does not make sense to fill landfills with lawn clippings since they are composed mostly of moisture. Leaving your clippings recycles moisture and nutrients back into the soil. Leaving clippings by the side of the road can cause some traces of fertilizer or pesticides to make their way to storm drains.
Be aware of local ordinance requirements concerning fertilizers. They may limit or prohibit fertilizer applications from late fall to early spring. Jonathan Green and other suppliers to the green industry are working together with various government agencies to try to reduce the amounts of nitrates and phosphorous in the products they offer. In the next few years there probably will be many more regulations concerning the use of fertilizers in your area.Back