NOTE: A reader alerted me to the disconnect between the nitrogen fertilizer at issue in the West plant explosion, and the problematic phosphorous runoff I discuss later in the post. To clarify: Most fertilizer used on farm fields contains a blend of...
Jul 09, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State environmental officials are reminding New Yorkers not to use lawn fertilizers that contain phosphorus.
New York law prohibits the use of phosphorus fertilizers on lawns unless the lawn is being established or if a soil test shows that it is needed. The state law does not affect agricultural fertilizer or fertilizer for gardens. Go to full article
Unloading biosolids at the Grasslands facility in Chateaugay, NY. Photo: Casella Organics
Chateaugay, NY, Oct 17, 2012 — Waste management companies are finding it's increasingly expensive to send garbage to a landfill. So they're trying to find more ways to recycle what we throw out. That includes what we throw out of our own bodies.
A new facility in northern Franklin County, run by the Potsdam-based company Casella Resource Solutions, is turning sewage into fertilizer. And it's for sale. Go to full article
Plattsburgh, NY, Mar 19, 2012 — A string of unusually warm, even hot, weather this week may bring the green back into many North Country lawns, but horticulturist Amy Ivy says it's simply too early for raking and reseeding, and far too early for feeding the grass.
She had plenty of tips, including new restrictions on using phosphorous, in her conversation with Martha Foley this morning. Go to full article
Plattsburgh, NY, Sep 19, 2011 — With the growing season winding down, some gardeners have already begun garden cleanup chores. Horticulturist Amy Ivy has some tips on composting and ideas for building a proper compost bin. Go to full article
Aug 05, 2009 — Lots of people love a full, lush lawn. Personal green space for the kids, a tidy, open vista around the house, but it isn't easy, keeping a monoculture like grass. Lawns DO like a rainy summer like this one. And fertilizers and herbicides might help. But there's concern about water pollution from lawn chemicals. Julie Grant reports that some experts say you can use them, just don't over-use them. Go to full article