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Fertilizer ban in effect through September
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The partners of the Be Floridian fertilizer education campaign remind Pinellas County residents that they can’t apply nitrogen or phosphorous to lawn and landscape plants from June through September.

Garden centers in Pinellas County offer a variety of “summer-safe” yard products, most made by Florida companies, that will help you keep your landscape green and growing throughout our long, hot summer. These products comply fully with Pinellas County’s fertilizer ordinance – ensuring that our efforts to maintain an attractive landscape don’t pollute our ponds, lakes, bays and the Gulf of Mexico.

True Floridians know better than to fertilize in the summer, when our frequent rains can wash fertilizer residues down storm drains and into our waters. Instead, they follow these Florida-friendly lawn care practices:

• Pump some iron. An application of iron, readily available at most garden centers, will keep your lawn green during the summer.

• Micro-size It. Apply micronutrients such as potassium and magnesium to keep your grass healthy. Look for fertilizers with “0” as the first two numbers on the bag, such as 0-0-16.

• Get Better Dirt. Mix in composted cow or chicken manure, or homemade compost, to enrich the soil. It’s like giving vitamins to your yard.

• Pick better plants. Buy plants adapted to Florida’s hot, humid climate and plant them in the right place according to their sun and water needs. They’ll need less water, fertilizer and chemicals year-round.

For more tips on how to Be Floridian, visit www.befloridian.org.

For information on the Pinellas County Fertilizer Ordinance visit www.pinellascounty.org/environment/watershed/fertilizer.htm.
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