Fertilizer Program

The purpose of the fertilizer program is to provide landscape professionals and homeowners science based guidelines for fertilizer use and other landscape practices that, when followed, reduce the loss of soil nutrients from excessive, incorrectly timed, or inappropriate fertilizers.  On Nantucket, lost nutrients find their way rapidly to the coastal waters, harbors, ponds, and streams where they may cause contamination that is harmful to aquatic organisms as well as to human health and welfare.

Program Objectives:

  • To provide landscape professionals and homeowners with information for making environmentally sound landscaping decisions that take Nantucket's unique conditions and natural resources into consideration

  • To promote the protection of water resources while maintaining healthy and vibrant ornamental landscapes

  • To reduce the amount of fertilizer use by promoting cultural practices that help reduce nutrient inputs

  • To offer site-planning guidelines and suggestions for ecological restoration that help reduce island-wide fertilizer-dependent landscapes

  • To provide science-based guidance for nutrient management of lawns and gardens on Nantucket


Commercial Applicator License Program                                                                      

As required by Board of Health Local Regulation 75.00 Section 6.2.1:

No landscape professional shall apply fertilizer in the Town and County of Nantucket without a License issued by the Nantucket Board of Health in accordance with this regulation.
License Information:

  • License is valid for three years starting on January 1st of the issued year

  • To gain a license you must complete the core Best Management Practices course offered by the Town of Nantucket

  • To renew a license at the end of the three year period each license holder must complete continuing education as offered or approved by the Town of Nantucket

  • License fee is $100

Class Schedule 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  • Thursday April 6th, 2017 -  8.30 -12pm Delta Fields off Sun Island Road. *Cancelled rescheduled date below*                           *Thursday April 20th*        8.30 -12pm Delta Fields off Sun Island Road.                                                                                      Tuesday May 2nd, 2017 -  9-12pm in the PSF Community Room (1st Floor) Public Safety Facility 4 Fairgrounds Road. 
  • Tuesday June 6th, 2017 -   9-12pm in the PSF Community Room (1st Floor) Public Safety Facility 4 Fairgrounds Road. 
  • Tuesday June 27th, 2017 -   9-12pm in the PSF Training Room (2nd Floor) Public Safety Facility 4 Fairgrounds Road.           
  • *Please be advised that the class is currently only being offered in English.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           If you wish to sign yourself up or any employees/co-workers for the class please complete the attached form below and return the form via email to jdodd@nantucket-ma.gov & jcarlson@nantucket-ma.gov.  You may also bring your registration form down to the Natural Resources Department, 2 Bathing Beach Road(in front of the Jetties  tennis courts)

Homeowner Resources                                                                                                          
   Please ask to see the card below to be sure your landscape professional is licensed.
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