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Summer 2022 Newsletter
Summer Lawn Care and Facts
If you plan
to fertilize your lawn, keep in mind that the type of fertilizer you use and how
and when you apply it can have a big impact on the environment around you.
Fertilizer contains nutrients that plants need, such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. If not applied properly, those nutrients can be carried away by stormwater runoff
and washed into lakes and ponds. Those nutrients are causing too much plant growth in our surface water, which can cause real damage.
Some areas of New Hampshire, such as the Great Bay, are grappling with issues of excess nitrogen and other popular lakes and ponds are seeing excess phosphorus.
Excess plant growth in lakes and ponds can:
· Stimulate algae blooms including cyanobacteria,
which has been proven toxic for humans and animals.
· Reduce oxygen levels for fish.
· Fill in lakes or ponds over time.
important to note that there are alternatives to using fertilizer; for example,
you can get a similar effect by leaving lawn clippings and leaf litter on your
The nutrients grass use to grow are trapped in the blades. Leaving grass clippings to break down in your lawn returns those nutrients to the soil to be used again.
(Good news! Leaving clippings does not contribute to thatch.) You are feeding your lawn and saving yourself the work of emptying a mower bag. If you do want to
use fertilizer, though, you can help to protect our lakes and ponds, whether you live near them or not, by following some general application guidelines.
Picking the Right Fertilizer
fertilizers, or lawns, are necessarily equal. You will see that fertilizer
packaging comes with a number code, such as “33-0-4” and “5-10-15,”
corresponding with an N-P-K.
These numbers tell us how much of a nutrient is in the fertilizer: the first number is N (nitrogen), then P (phosphorus) and lastly K (potassium).
The amount of certain nutrients you will need in your fertilizer depends on what your soil is lacking. Most established lawns in New Hampshire do not need a lot of phosphorus.
New Hampshire soils naturally contain the phosphorus most lawns need to grow. Leaving your lawn clippings can also provide phosphorus for your lawn.
want to apply more nutrients than the plants can take up – that wastes your
money and labor and causes pollution.
Look for N-P-K that are 10 or lower – these are generally organic (natural) sources that are naturally slow release.
Look for the OMRI label. In addition to slow-release, look for water-insoluble nitrogen. A water insoluble choice will help decrease the number of applications needed.
will always be the best way to see what nutrients your lawn needs. You can find
soil testing facilities across the state,
including the UNH Cooperative Extension and the Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Hampshire.
It is illegal to apply fertilizer within 25 feet of a lake or pond over 10 acres
in size and many streams and rivers that are protected under the
New Hampshire Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act. It is a great idea to treat all water bodies in the same way.
If you do
end up with leftover fertilizer, you can save it and use it next year. When
storing fertilizer, it’s important to make sure to store it in
a dry place and close the bag with a clip, so there isn’t a danger of nutrients leaking from the bag.
Atlantic Hurricanes for 2022
Hurrican season begins June 1 until November 30
Shelter Plan -
Evacuation Plan -
Warnings and alerts - FEMA app
Make copies of important documents and insurance info
Declutter drains and gutters - bring in lawn furniture
Keep cell phone and mobile devices charged
Have sufficient food, medications, disinfectants, pet supplies for at least a week
Have more water than you think you'll need - at least enough for 3-7 days
Have extra water available for cleaning or other needs