Controlling Phosphorus

Recommendations for Homeowners for controlling Phosphorus
Phosphorus significantly increases the amount of algae and weed growth in lakes, streams and rivers. The most recommended control of phosphorus is thru watershed management, that each of us doing our part to limit phosphorus coming from our property. Lawn fertilizer control. Have soil tested at Cornell Co-op extension office 50 West High St. Ballston Spa Use only phosphate free lawn fertilizer like 20-0-15 Follow rate of application recommendations Sweep up fertilizer from non grassy areas like pavement Avoid fertilizers with atrazine weedkillers that kill birds and fish Keep fertilizer 25 ft away from creeks and the lake shoreline Do not apply fertilizer on frozen ground Do not apply fertilizer when HEAVY rain is expected
Best to apply fertilizer in cool months like mid Sept -Oct
In Addition
-Keep burn piles or ashes 50ft from the lake
-Keep yard debris from entering the lake
-Have septic tank pumped every 2-3 years
-Follow septic system maintenance ideas (Link)
-Pick up pet litter and dispose of it
-Use phosphate free detergents in the home, on the car and boat
-Dispose of unused medications at the drug store
-Dispose of unused household chemicals and paints at an approved Hazmat site
-Lakeshore buffer strips of rooted plants filter phosphorus from entering the lake

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