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’s important to protect our water quality to help reduce and prevent 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. This condition makes it difficult for these animals to survive. To help preserve water quality and prevent pollution, fertilize only as needed to maintain a healthy lawn, and fertilize sparingly.
In July 2014, based on scientific research from the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Pasco County adopted a Fertilizer Ordinance 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.
Putting the Right Plant in the Right Place
Use Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ 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.
Taking These Actions Helps Protect Our Waterways and the Environment!
To learn more on what you can do to help
prevent and reduce stormwater pollution in our waterways:
Report illicit discharges/illegal dumping to
Pasco County’s Stormwater Management Division
Become a Solution to Stormwater Pollution
Help Protect Pasco County’s Waterways!