SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County is reminding the community to skip using nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer on your lawn and landscape from June 1 through Sept. 30, as part of an effort to keep the community’s waterways healthy.
Enacted in 2007, the restriction protects water quality and natural habitats in creeks, lakes, and marine waters that receive runoff from our stormwater system by reducing the nutrients in stormwater.
According to Sarasota County Air and Water Quality manager John Hickey, the runoff of nutrients, primarily nitrogen and phosphorus, contribute to poor water quality. Excessive or improper use of fertilizer in landscapes is a significant source of excess nutrients to local waterways. This nutrient overload can result in algal blooms, poor water quality and other undesirable conditions.
“We all like to take pride in the appearance of our property. Through proper landscape maintenance techniques, we can keep our yards and waterways healthy. With everyone’s cooperation and participation, Sarasota County’s waterways can be protected for future generations,” Hickey added.
Familiarizing yourself with the regulations is important if you are doing your own lawn care or hiring a trained lawn care professional. The following tips will help to ensure Florida-friendly practices during the summer:
- Look for summer safe products with “0-0” as the first two numbers on the fertilizer label.
- Apply iron, manganese and magnesium to keep lawns green.
- Keep your grass a little taller than usual, as taller grass develops deeper roots and helps your lawn withstand heat and dry spells.
- Buy plants adapted to Florida’s hot and humid climate and plant them in places according to sun and water needs.
- Sweep or blow grass clippings back into the yard. Do not direct clippings into the road, stormwater system or water bodies.
To learn more about fertilizer restricted season, or for more tips on how to keep the county’s waterways healthy, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000, or visit www.scgov.net.
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