Nitrogen and Phosphorus are two nutrients which have the potential to cause environmental degradation of our natural resources, primarily water. Nitrogen and Phosphorus are also important plant nutrients contained in many fertilizers; to minimize the potential negative impact of these nutrients from fertilizers, local and statewide nutrient management regulations have been and are being developed.
Chapter 262 of the Acts of 2012 authorized the enactment of a new statewide nutrient management regulation by the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture (MDAR). As part of the legislation specific communities were given the opportunity to adopt their own regulations. The local regulations cannot be less restrictive than the state regulation. The Cape Cod Commission through designation of a District of Critical Planning Concern allowed towns to adopt local nitrogen regulations for turf. Those towns that did not adopt local ordinances will fall under state regulation. The regulations for non-agricultural turf and lawns became effective on June 5, 2015. The regulations for agricultural land became effective on December 5, 2015.
Statewide Nutrient Management Regulations
Summary Of Local Regulations
Cape Cod Cooperative Extension will be offering opportunities for fertilizer applicators to become certified. Fertilizers applicators may become certified by passing a proficiency assessment test or by verifying that you meet specific criteria developed by the Cape Cod Commission’s Content and Application of Turf Fertilizer Model Bylaw. Landscape professionals and homeowners may become Certified Fertilizer Applicators.
Individuals are allowed only 1 submission based on phone number and email address.
Results will be provided in 1-3 business days.
Please contact office at #508-375-6638 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to retake exam.
The Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Horticulture Clinic Is open to handle gardening questions, soil samples and diagnostic questions. However the clinic is not being staffed regular hours and questions should be submitted by email to email@example.com . The clinic is not able to handle walk-in clients or phone calls at this time.
If you have a horticulture or gardening question please submit your question to firstname.lastname@example.org Please be as detailed as possible with your question. For questions that involve insect id, plant id, weed id or disease/mysterious problem solving please include high quality pictures with your email so that we can make a conclusive diagnosis. For pointers on how to take high quality diagnostic photos click here. Do not send plant samples via mail at this time.
The Horticulture Clinic is accepting soil samples for soil pH testing during the covid-19 emergency period. Soil samples must be sent by mail and must include this form. Please make sure the form is mailed with the samples and filled out completely with a legible email address and crop designated for each sample. During the covid-19 emergency the $2/sample fee will temporarily be waived with a maximum of 5 samples allowed per household. For more extensive testing including nutrients and fertilizer recommendations – use the UMass Soil Testing Lab. Instructions on how to take a soil sample.
Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
PO Box 367
Barnstable, MA 02630