Alfalfa meal banned?
I recently went to a popular local hardware store that advertised on line that it carried alfalfa meal, which I like to use on my roses. They didn't have any in stock but told me that I could order it and their warehouse would deliver it to the store. During the ordering process the salesman found that it could no longer be ordered since a new law in Florida is banning the use of fertilizers which contain phosphates. This totally took me by surprise. The breakdown of alfalfa meal is 2.5-1-1. I am no chemist but does 1% phosphate a large amount? The purpose of this new law is for environmental protection, to keep phosphates out of our waterways from the runoff of over fertilized lawns that can in turn cause algae growth etc. etc. I would imagine that all companies like Miracle Grow and Scotts or any fertilizer companies would have to reformulate their fertilizers for sale here in Florida.
Stores can continue to sell the products until their stock is depleted. I wonder if feed stores will have to discontinue alfalfa pellets as well? As far as I know Florida is the only state that has enacted this law. I wonder if finding fertilizer in this state will become difficult?