Md. landscapers say fertilizer rules unfairly target lawn applications

05/26/2011 | Gazette (Gaithersburg, Md.), The

Professional lawn care companies in Maryland say that the state's new fertilizer rules put too much emphasis on lawn fertilizers for pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Landscapers say they only use a small amount of "slow-release" fertilizers, and that they measure the soil's needs before they apply it. "Too much fertilizer at once will simply not be used and any applied when the ground is frozen or that ends up on sidewalks or driveways will also make their way to the bay," said Jim Smith, owner of Royal Greens.

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