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Lawn Service Fertilizer Label (Application Record)

The follow is a summary of the standard label requirements for Lawn Service Fertilizer (custom application) Companies:

A person may not custom apply specialty fertilizers unless a label, invoice, or delivery ticket is provided to each customer stating in clear, legible, and conspicuous form the following information. In addition, copies of invoices or delivery tickets must be kept for five (5) years after the sale, delivery, or application of fertilizer. 18C & Minnesota Rules, 1510.0410 to 1510.0422

  1. The Guaranteed Analysis statement in the following format:
Total Nitrogen (N) ___%
___% Ammoniacal Nitrogen
___% Urea Nitrogen
___% Water Insoluble Nitrogen
___% (Other recognized and determinable forms of N)
Note: The forms of N, when listed, must add up to the Total Nitrogen (N) guarantee *
Available Phosphate (P2O5) ___%
Soluble Potash (K2O) ___%

* Total Nitrogen (N) guarantee - The nitrogen breakdown statement is only required when slow release or organic nitrogen properties are claimed or guaranteed.

When other plant nutrients in addition to N, P2O5 or K2O are guaranteed, they must be listed in columnar form immediately below the primary nutrient guarantees and be in the order and minimum percentages listed below:

Soluble Potash (K2O) _____%
Calcium (Ca) 1.00 %
Magnesium (Mg) 0.50 %
Sulfur (S) 1.00 %
___% Combined Sulfur (S)  
___% Free Sulfur (S)  
Boron (B) 0.02 %
Chlorine (Cl) 0.10 %
Cobalt (Co) 0.0005%
Copper (Cu) 0.05 %
Iron (Fe) 0.10 %
Manganese (Mn) 0.05 %
Molybdenum (Mo) 0.0005%
Sodium (Na) 0.10 %
Zinc (Zn) 0.05 %
Plant nutrient derived from:_________________

If the percentage of any plant nutrient is zero, the plant nutrient must be omitted from the guaranteed analysis statement.

  1. A Derivative Statement must be placed immediately below the guaranteed analysis statement. Sources of plant nutrients shall be listed by their common or usual English name for the ingredient. In addition, materials not used to blend a fertilizer may not be listed in the derivative statement. This includes but is not limited to lime fillers.
  2. The Name and Address of the Guarantor (Lawn Service Firm Name and Address).
  3. A Net Weight statement which may be listed as the total net weight applied or the net weight applied per unit treated.
  4. The number of units treated in square feet, acres, or another unit of measure.

The aforementioned specifications are the minimum required to be placed on a lawn service fertilizer (custom application) product label. If additional information is provided on the label, further labeling requirements may be enforced. Therefore, it is advisable to consult with the department for a label review prior to final printing. In addition, it is advised that Minnesota Rules, 1510.0410 to 1510.0422 the Fertilizer Labeling Rules be reviewed prior to printing a label.

The above is a suggested format. Alternative formats may be used provided they are approved by the MDA.

MDA Contact

Carol Durden, State Program Administrator

Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division