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Published April 07, 2010, 10:27 AM

Ban on lawn phosphorus may be difficult to enforce

Wisconsin News
- Starting this month, it’s illegal for most Wisconsinites to use lawn fertilizers that contain phosphorus. But a state agriculture official says the law might be difficult to enforce.

MADISON - Starting this month, it’s illegal for most Wisconsinites to use lawn fertilizers that contain phosphorus. But a state agriculture official says the law might be difficult to enforce.

Charlene Khazae is the state ag department’s fertilizer program specialist. She says homeowners and others have alternatives for keeping their lawns fresh – and people can still use phosphorus for creating new grass, or if they have lab data showing that their soil is deficient in phosphorus.

In that case, those wanting the products would have to ask the retailers for them – since fertilizers with phosphorus are no longer allowed on store shelves. The law is aimed at reducing the chemical in state waters, thus reducing problems with algae.

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