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Posted on: June 3, 2020

Lee County fertilizer ban

FERTILIZE SMART

Lee County restrictions for rainy season fertilizer application are now in effect beginning June first and ending September 30. Doing your part to preserve our water quality is as simple as doing less yardwork! During the rainy summer season, unnecessary fertilizing and improper fertilizer application can result in runoff that sends nutrients meant to feed your lawn into our waterways where they feed harmful aquatic algae instead. Regulate use of fertilizers containing nitrogen and/or phosphorus. 

Here are some tips to take a break from using phosphorus and nitrogen formulas and minimize your fertilizer use to help protect our waterways, our quality of life and our economy: 

SWEEP UP SPILLS

Avoid accidents and always sweep up spilled granules. Rinsing with a hose can wash them down storm drains and into our waterways.

AVOID HARD SURFACES AND WATER BODIES

Don’t fertilize within 10 feet of bodies of water and keep it off impervious surfaces like driveways or sidewalks to prevent runoff.

DON’T FERTILIZE IF RAIN IS FORECASTED

Rainfall can wash fertilizer into storm drains or cause it to leach through the soil, sending unwanted nutrients into our waters.

For a complete list of fertilizer restriction please view the Lee County ordinance here: https://www.leegov.com/bocc/Ordinances/08-08.pdf 

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