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Fertilizer Restrictions Are In Effect in Maryland

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SALISBURY, Md.- Homeowners and do-it-yourselfers have to follow fertilizer restrictions that went into effect this week. The law has been around since 2013, but few people know about it.

The blackout dates for the restriction are from Nov. 16, 2015 thru March 1, 2016, according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture. During this time, people cannot apply fertilizer to their lawns; however, lawn care professionals who are specially certified can be hired to do the job. 

Susan White of Farmers and Planters in Salisbury said her business is helping its customers with information and options.

"We give them a hand-out if they don't already know the law," she said. "But we try to explain it the best we can that they know it's for the Chesapeake Bay and for the benefit of that."

Do-it-yourselfer Linda Hall maintains her lawn year-round and said, " Actually after we finish discussing the whole thing we decided next year, we'll hire a professional who understands all these things and have them do it for us."

According to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, violators of the fertilizer law during the restriction dates could see hefty fines of up to $2,000. 

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