Fertilizer Blackout Protects our Waterways

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Help keep Florida's Gulf Coast healthy! As summer rains fall, fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorus are carried into waterways leading to unhealthy algal blooms that kill marine life. From June 1 – September 30, use of fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorus is prohibited in Sarasota County. “This protects our waterways and keeps our beaches beautiful,” says Forest Hecker, Community Outreach Specialist for the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program of Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability. Continue enjoying a Florida friendly landscape this summer by choosing plants that are adapted to the climate and resources available in Florida; these plants will require less fertilizer, water and care in the summer heat. Using Iron products with micronutrients and rich soils with added compost will help your landscape thrive. When cutting grass, it is recommended to trim high and leave the clippings in the lawn. This will help your lawn be less vulnerable to drought, pests and disease. Making sure your landscape is Florida friendly will reduce maintenance needs and ensure pollinators, wildlife and Florida waterways are healthy.

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