Volusia County Gardeners Alert: Summer Fertilizer Ban Begins Soon

By on May 13, 2016 in WNDB News

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Volusia County, FL-The Volusia County summertime fertilizer ban begins on June 1. County Council created the ban in 2014 to combat fertilizer runoff, which causes algae bloom and fish-kill. This doesn’t mean you can’t take care of your lawn in other ways.

The ordinance applies to all homes and businesses in Volusia County, except those in Deltona and DeBary, which have their own fertilizer ordinances. Gardens and compost are exempt.

The new ordinance includes these provisions:

  • The application of fertilizers containing nitrogen or phosphorous is prohibited from June 1 through Sept. 30 of each year.
  • Fertilizer may not be applied within 15 feet of water bodies.
  • The application of fertilizers containing phosphorous is prohibited unless a deficiency is verified.
  • Fertilizer containing nitrogen may be applied only between Oct. 1 and May 31 and must contain no less than 50 percent slow-release nitrogen

Volusia county’s environmental management division has a list of Florida-friendly lawn care practices. find the link for the list by clicking here.

Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2016.

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