VOLUSIA COUNTY, Florida. – Volusia County’s summer fertilizer ban will begin June 1 and run through September 30, according to Community Information Specialist Pat Kuehn.
The ban prohibits residents and lawn care companies from applying “nitrogen or phosphorus to lawns and landscape plants,” Kuehn wrote in a press release.
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According to Kuehn, excess nutrients from fertilizer runoff can lead to fish kills and algal blooms, the latter of which can kill seagrass beds, a key water quality regulator and food source for fish. the manatees.
Volusia County Council passed the ordinance in 2014 in response to concerns about animal deaths and algal blooms in local waters, particularly the Indian River Lagoon.
Instead of using fertilizers, the county recommends these practices:
° Use iron-based garden products, which contain micronutrients that can help “re-green your lawn”
° Addition of leaf-based compost, mulch and other organic soil amendments
° Choose native Florida plants for your garden that require less fertilizer and water
° Leave grass clippings on your lawn, as they provide a lot of nitrogen to the yard
Volusia County said fertilizers that contain two 0s on the label (such as 0-0-6) are allowed because they do not contain nitrogen or phosphorus.
For more information on the ordinance, you can read the Volusia County news release below:
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