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Fertilizer & Well water......

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by Lawn-Scapes, May 22, 2001.

  1. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    I just about have a customer talked into a fertilizer program. Then she asked if it will effect her well water...

    I told her I didn't think so but I'd check into it... hence the post here ;)

    Are there any effects? Will the chemicals drain that far down?

  2. Lobster

    Lobster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Depends on how high the water table is and how water soluable your fertilizer is. Depending on the ground water flow in the area of the well, you could apply the fertilizer several hundred feet away from the well and it could get into the well water through ground water transport. Anything that is applied to the surface of the land has potential to infiltrate and then percolate into an aquifer system. It's a tough question to answer.
  3. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    tsg, good question
    ant :confused: :confused:
  4. greens1

    greens1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    Unless it is a very shallow well, generally called a crock well, the answer is no.

    Most wells are tapped into an aquifer, esentially an underground river, and pesticide applied by neighbors or farmers is generally of much greater concern.

    The best place to check is with your county offices. All wells must be registerd when they are drilled, they also test periodically to make certain that the community aquifer is free of contaminates.

    Good Luck,
    Jim L

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