Skip The Fertilizer to Protect The Waters That Make Florida Fun!
The partners of the Be Floridian Now fertilizer education campaign remind residents of the Indian River Lagoon watershed that you can't apply nitrogen or phosphorous to from June 1–September 30.
But that doesn't mean your grass will turn brown, shrivel up and die!
Garden centers throughout these communities offer a variety of "summer-safe" yard products that will help keep your landscape green and growing throughout our long, hot summer. Look for fertilizers with "0" as the first two numbers on the label (as in 0-0-6). These do not contain either nitrogen or phosphorous. More than 70% of these summer-safe products are made right here in Florida, so you are helping local businesses and our economy when you purchase them.
Summer rains don't water fertilizer in, they wash it away — right into our ponds, canals, creeks, rivers, Indian River Lagoon, and the Atlantic Ocean. Too much fertilizer can cause algae blooms and fish kills, spoiling the beautiful waterways that are our major source of recreation. Follow these Florida-friendly lawn care practices to "protect our fun" this summer:
Tired of all that mowing, watering and warring with chinch bugs and dollarweed? "Cut" the amount of grass in your yard, by a little or a lot.
Replace water-needy turfgrass with a drought-tolerant groundcover like Asiatic jasmine or perennial peanut. Make a butterfly garden and watch winged jewels visit your flowers. Install a meandering pathway with stepping stones, gravel, shell or pavers. Create your own special seating area under a shady oak.