As we enter the growing season, please be aware of the CLPOA lawn fertilization guidelines. Products containing phosphorus is prohibited in the community. Please communicate this to your provider as you set up your 2018 program.
If you apply your own products, please be sure to pay attention to your label. The middle number in the fertilizer analysis is your P. You want a product that has a zero in the middle. See example.
The reason for this rule is due to efforts to maintain a clean lake. Phosphorus moves with soil particles during rains. Our runoff water goes directly into the lake; even if you live off the lake. Excess P in water is a big factor in algae blooms and poor water quality. Many states have banned the use, and sale, of Phosphorus for lawn treatments due to water quality issues.
Although CLPOA currently does not have a restriction on Nitrogen use, reducing your N would be beneficial as well. Most lawn programs include 4-5lbs of Nitrogen per 1000 square feet for a season. Your lawn will do just as well with 3lbs per year. Lawn practices such as mowing at 3.5-4 inches and aeration will provide much more benefits to your lawn than 1 pound of Nitrogen.
B. Lawn Fertilization:
Property owners are prohibited from using lawn fertilizers containing phosphorus with the exception of new
lawn seedings, in which case a temporary waiver shall be requested from the Lake Office. Property
owners using third party lawn maintenance companies shall be responsible for notifying their lawn care
provider of the requirements for phosphorous-free fertilizers.