How to Talk to Your Landscaper About Fertilizer.
Fertilizer Guidelines from the Nantucket Land Council
Here are some easy questions to start the conversation about fertilizer with your landscaper or gardener:
- Are they certified by the Town of Nantucket?
- Are they following the Town of Nantucket’s Best Management Practice’s for fertilizer application?
- Are they testing your soil to see what nutrients are needed?
- Can they use less fertilizer?
- You can ask them to perform a fertilizer test and explain the results to you.
- Consider planting native plants back into your lawns and gardens
On January 1, 2013 a Town of Nantucket Board of Health regulation went into effect to control the content and application of fertilizer containing phosphorus and nitrogen. The purpose of this regulation is to improve and restore the quality of Nantucket’s water resources. It provides for a reduction of nitrogen and phosphorus into Nantucket’s waters and wetlands through an organized educational program, licensure and regulations of practice.
The “Best Management Practices for Landscape Fertilizer Use on Nantucket” (also known as BMP) is an integral part of the new regulation. The recommendations and guidelines presented in the document reflect the experience and knowledge of Nantucket landscape professionals and have been peer reviewed by soil and turf scientists and educators.
Fertilizer Application Standards for Property Owners:
- Applicators shall not apply fertilizer immediately before or during heavy rainfall
- Applicators shall not apply fertilizer between October 16th and the following April 14th
- An Applicator shall not apply more than 0.25 lb per 1000 sq. ft. of fast-release nitrogen fertilizer in any one application.
- An Applicator shall not apply fertilizer that contains phosphorus, unless a soil test indicates a phosphorus deficiency and it is applied in conformance with the Nantucket Best Management Practices.
- Applications of compost, which contain phosphorus, may only be applied in conformance with the Nantucket Best Management Practices.