When it rains, everything that is put on your lawn and garden can end up in our waterways. Chemicals in fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides can pollute the water. It is vitally important to protect our water quality by reducing and preventing water pollution. Excess nitrogen and phosphorous in fertilizer causes algae to grow in water. Algae can harm fish and other aquatic wildlife by lowering the oxygen levels, making it difficult for these creatures to survive and unsafe for swimming and recreation. To help preserve water quality and prevent pollution, fertilize only as needed to maintain a healthy lawn.
Pasco County's Fertilizer Ordinance
In July 2014, based on scientific research from the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Pasco County adopted a Fertilizer Ordinance Opens in New Window for regulating proper fertilizer application. The Ordinance’s regulation of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) found in fertilizer will help improve water quality in Pasco County.
Use fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides sparingly
Fertilize only when the grass is actively growing
Never apply fertilizers before it rains
Always follow the fertilizer label directions on the bag
Use slow-release fertilizer
Consider using nontoxic or less toxic products
Sweep up any fertilizer that gets on paved areas
Never fertilize within 10 feet of any waterbody
Do not over water your lawn
Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Putting the right plant in the right place
Use Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ practices on your lawn to save time, effort, and money while protecting the environment. This method of landscaping requires less maintenance and water. Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ is also very colorful and visually attractive; it’s about putting the right plant in the right place.For more information contact the UF/IFAS Pasco County Cooperative Extension at 352-518-0156, or visit UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County Opens in New Window .
Taking these actions will help protect our waterways and the environment.