We work in central NH, and are fairly familiar with what we CAN'T use near the water on the lakes... lime OK to the water's edge, no fertilizer within 25ft, only slow/controlled release beyond 25ft, etc. What I see is a lot of illegally fertilized lawns (plush green to the very edge), which we are not prepared to do; aside from personal objections to the concept, I'm not about to risk my new applicators license either. Is there a way to bring nutrients legally to a recently overseeded waterfront lawn? It was badly washboarded from erosion on the steep part, and drought fried last year on the flat section. We aerated intensively, overseeded with conservation mix (clover for nitrogen fixing and extra washout protection), and the new grass is up 2-3 inches. We'd like to get it firmly going before the summer temps and water stress kick in. I find frequent references to top-dressing with compost - but bagged compost has the nutrient analysis listed: doesn't that make it technically fertilizer by definition? And quite a few bulk composts around here contain thoroughly processed human or animal waste, which to me is just as bad as synthetic fert in this location...plus I'm still not sure that top-dressing is actually legal in the first place. My one attempt at asking the state inspector was a hugely cryptic "that is for the licensed applicator to know". Does anyone have suggestions, or experience with this sort of application? All help is most appreciated!