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Phosphorus and the Lakes.

Swenson, Jenni A. aand Terry H. Cooper.

Phosphorus in lakes and streams causes algae to grow and promotes the process of eutrophication which leads to water degradation. The effect of lawn fertilizers on phosphorus build-up in metropolitan lawns and soils and its run-off into area lakes is explored in this 1999 article. Test plots in North Oaks demonstrated that fertilizing lawns with phosphorus does not add to the color, density, or uniformity of a lawn. Twin Cities soils already hold an excess of phosphorus and most lakes contain too much phosphorus as well. Homeowners are urged to use fertilizers that contain no phosphorus.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported as a follow-up to the 1993-94 study by John W. Shultz and Terry H. Cooper under a CURA Interactive Research Grant.
29 (3): 9-13.
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Reporter 29 (3)

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