It’s almost that time of year again when the City of St. Petersburg bans the use of fertilizer.
To help protect against algae blooms, fish kills and water quality issues, the City of St. Petersburg bans the use of fertilizers from June 1 through September 30. Increased rainfall during this time carries those nutrients to bodies of water, where it affects the health of our waterways and marine life.
According to the City of St. Petersburg, during the ban four month ban, this is what should be done by residents:
- Refrain from using fertilizer June 1 – September 30.
- Treat lawn with a slow-release fertilizer in the spring or fertilizer-free micronutrients in the summer to keep their lawn happy all summer.
- Pick up any debris or vegetation near storm drains year-round to keep it from entering local waterways.
- Follow a no-mow zone six feet from any water body, helping to establish a protective barrier.
- Make sure their lawn maintenance/landscaper is certified through Pinellas County.
- Replace some or all of their lawn with Florida-friendly natives.
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