Commercial pesticide applicators, including those operating under lawn care contract and any other person using fertilizers, including homeowners, must comply as of January 1, 2012, with the new restrictions in the NYS Dishwasher Detergent and Nutrient Runoff Law.
The new restrictions apply to use of fertilizer/pesticide combination products (commonly known as "weed and feeds").
Commercial permittees that sell fertilizer/pesticide combination products or fertilizers alone must comply with the new retailer signage requirements.
Under the law, use of fertilizer that contains up to 0.67% phosphorus is not restricted. Fertilizer containing more than 0.67% phosphorus can only be used if a new lawn is being established or a soil test indicates it is necessary.
Any person purchasing fertilizer/pesticide combination products after January 1, 2012, should read the product label to ensure the product purchased contains 0.67% or less phosphorus.