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Healthy Lawns, Healthy Water
Sometimes Florida yards need fertilizer to help keep them healthy, but applying too much fertilizer, too often or at the wrong time can cause water pollution. Recent studies have shown that rising nitrate levels in many local waterbodies can be traced to fertilizer. Nitrate is a form of nitrogen that is found in inorganic fertilizers. When fertilizer is needed and applied correctly, the lawn absorbs the nitrogen. However, fertilizers applied improperly can run off lawns and into local waterbodies, harming water quality and threatening the plants and animals that depend on clean water for survival.
In an effort to protect the Village’s waterbodies, the Village adopted an Ordinance requiring fertilizer-friendly use practices on September 28th. In accordance with best practices, the Ordinance establishes certain fertilizer-free zones near waterbodies and prohibits the application of fertilizer:
The Ordinance further requires that fertilizers be applied only at the application rates and frequency found on the fertilizer label. Fertilizer shall not, in any case, be swept or blown into the stormwater collection system or waterbody. To prevent fertilizer from washing into waterbodies, it’s important to know the right time to fertilize. Follow these tips before fertilizing: