Fertilizer; regulation of application and labeling. (SB922)

Introduced By

Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Fertilizer; regulation of application and labeling.  Regulates several aspects relating to the application and use of fertilizer to lawns and turfs, including rules against applying fertilizers containing phosphorus or applying fertilizer when the ground is frozen, and the inclusion of a cautionary label on application and use. The prohibitions do not apply if: (i) the turf area is newly established or under repair; (ii) recent soil tests indicate the need for phosphorus fertilizer; (iii) the turf area is a golf course that has implemented a nutrient management plan; (iv) the area is a garden or greenhouse; or (v) the product being used is manipulated manure or yard waste compost. The bill also prohibits localities from regulating the use or application of fertilizers outside of any authority granted by the Stormwater Management Act. The Department of Conservation and Recreation is required to adopt regulations and operate a voluntary nutrient management training program to enable landowners and operators to prepare nutrient management plans for their own property. Golf course owners are specifically required to develop and implement nutrient management plans. Read the Bill »


01/31/2011: Merged into SB1055


01/10/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11103441D
01/10/2011Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/24/2011Assigned ACNR sub: Fertilizer
01/31/2011Incorporated by Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (SB1055-Stuart) (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1831.


Mrs. Cynthia Patterson writes:

Please, vote Yes for HB1831.

Thank you for saving the Chesapeake Bay.