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It is also important to check whether your plants need fertilizer at all. A New York law states that you cannot use fertilizer during certain months of the year. Also, using fertilizers containing phosphorous will soon be illegal. You can call the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Water Resource Management at 518 402-8112 for more information.

For household cleaners, some SAFE products that are free of harmful chemicals are Bar Keepers Friend, Murphy Oil Soap Wood Cleaner, Murphy Oil Soap Household Cleaner and Simple Green Degreaser.

Thank you for reading our column. Anyone can make a difference. We also hope we inspired you to change the world by one household cleaner or fertilizer at a time. If you feel we made a difference by helping you learn more abour eco-friendly cleaners and fertilizers, please contact us at so that we can collect the data for our Siemens Project.

Written by Oceanside Project Extra Sixth Graders Chris Kucharnik, Hunter Pitkowsky, Michael Jager, and Daniel Khaykin who are sixth grade Oceanside Project Extra students. They are involved in the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge which is the premier national environmental sustainability competition for grades K-12 students. Through project-based learning, students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet.

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