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St. Pete Fertilizer Ban Starts June 1

Increased rainfall in the summer months can cause nutrients from fertilizer to reach water bodies and lead to environmental issues like algae blooms, fish kills and water quality problems. To prevent this, the citywide fertilizer ban is in effect June 1 - September 30. 

Here are some eco-friendly tips:

  • Treat your lawn with a slow-release fertilizer in the spring or fertilizer-free micronutrients in the summer to keep your lawn happy all summer.
  • Pick up any debris or vegetation near storm drains year-round to keep it from entering our waterways.

Other ways to protect our waters:

  • Follow a no-mow zone six feet from any water body, helping to establish a protective barrier.
  • Make sure your lawn maintenance/landscaper is certified through Pinellas County.
  • Replace some or all of your lawn with Florida-friendly natives. 

More information at stpete.org/Fertilizer.

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