Township of Pittsfield, MI
Washtenaw County
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[Adopted 2-25-2015 by Ord. No. 317 as Ch. 8, Art. VI, of the 2015 Pittsfield Charter Township Code]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
A product prepared for enhancing the growth of grass. It does not include raw manures, compost, marl, lime, limestone, wood ashes, herbicides or pesticides.
A person principally engaged in the business of applying fertilizer to lawns.
Any maintained grass area, including that on playing fields and cemeteries. It does not include farmland, gardens, golf course tees, putting greens, baseball infields, grass tennis courts, airport landing areas, or sod farms.
No person shall:
Apply fertilizer to any lawn between November 15 and April 1.
Apply any fertilizer that contains more than 0.10% phosphorus to any lawn except as provided in § 8-35.
Apply fertilizer to any impervious area without promptly clearing the fertilizer from that area.
Apply fertilizer within 25 feet of any wetland, watercourse, pond, lake, or stormwater retention or detention basin.
Between April 1 and September 30, fertilizer containing more than 0.10% phosphorus may be applied to lawns for which the owner has a soil test report showing that within the previous 12 months the soil was tested and found to be deficient in phosphorus. A fertilizer applicator shall keep a copy of such test reports for lawns on which the applicator has applied fertilizer containing more than 0.10% phosphorus and shall provide a copy of all such test reports to the Ordinance Enforcement Officer.
Fertilizer containing more than 0.10% phosphorus may be applied to lawns established from seed or sod, during the first growing season of the seed or sod, provided that bare soil is covered and stabilized with mulch to prevent runoff.
Unless specifically noted otherwise on the product label, fertilizer containing more than 0.10% phosphorus shall be watered into the soil within 14 hours of application so that the fertilizer is immobilized and prevented from loss by runoff.
No person shall act as a fertilizer applicator unless currently registered with the Township.
No person shall make retail sales of fertilizer unless currently registered with the Township.
Registration shall be made by completing a form prepared by the Township and by paying a fee in the amount determined by resolution of the Township Board of Trustees. The form shall include the fertilizer applicator's agreement to provide, upon request, test reports showing the chemical content of fertilizers used in the Township.
A registration shall be effective for one year.
The Township Board of Trustees may revoke a registration for up to one year if, after a public hearing, it determines that a fertilizer applicator has violated this article.
No person shall sell fertilizer unless a notice is placed in the fertilizer display area to indicate which fertilizers can be used unless the exceptions of § 8-35 apply.
Fertilizer shall not be stored uncontained, and if stored outdoors, it must be stored in a watertight container.
If the Township makes available a brochure explaining the terms and purposes of this article:
No person shall sell fertilizer without giving the buyer a copy of the brochure.
No fertilizer applicator shall apply fertilizer to a lawn without giving the lawn owner a copy of the brochure.
Violations of this article are civil infractions subject to the penalties specified in Chapter 2, Article V, Municipal Civil Infractions; Civil Fines and Penalties, of this Code.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).