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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- One Maryland senator wants to
take phosphorus out of most lawn fertilizers.
Democratic Senator Brian Frosh of Montgomery County has
proposed a bill to require Marylanders to use no-phosphorus
fertilizer for all established lawns. Phosphorus would still
be allowed in fertilizer for new lawns.
Frosh says his bill would not set up a lawn police to
punish homeowners using phosphorus fertilizer. But he says
the phosphorus isn't needed for established lawns and that
fertilizer makers should label the no-phosphorus fertilizer
for older lawns.
Phosphorous, along with nitrogen, is a nutrient that can
turn aquatic habitat into dead zones when excessive amounts
are dumped through residential and farm runoff and waste
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