Summertime Fertilizer Ban Began June 1

Take the summer off – from fertilizing, that is.

Volusia County’s summertime fertilizer ban begins June 1 and continues through Sept. 30.

During this time, residents and lawn care companies may not apply nitrogen or phosphorus to lawns and landscape plants.

Volusia County’s fertilizer ordinance includes these provisions:

1) The application of fertilizers containing phosphorus is prohibited at all times unless a soil or plant-tissue deficiency is verified.

2) The application of fertilizers containing nitrogen is prohibited from June 1 through Sept. 30 of each year.

3) Fertilizer containing nitrogen may be applied only between Oct. 1 and May 31 and must contain at least 50 percent slow-release nitrogen.

4) Fertilizer may not be applied within 15 feet of water bodies.

The ordinance applies to all homes and businesses, except in Deltona, which has its own fertilizer ordinance.

Homeowners should check with their lawn care companies to make sure they are following the ordinance. Gardens and the application of compost are exempt. Excess nutrients from fertilizer runoff can cause algae blooms and fish kills in waterways, spoiling recreational opportunities and the natural habitats and wildlife.

The Volusia County Council passed the fertilizer ordinance in 2014 to protect the county’s springs and surface waters, particularly the Indian River Lagoon, where algae blooms and animal deaths have raised concerns in recent years.

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