Reduce Fertilizer Usage

Ocean algaeWhen it rains, everything that is put on your lawn and garden can end up in our waterways. Chemicals in fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides can pollute the water. It is vitally important to protect our water quality by reducing and preventing water pollution. Excess nitrogen and phosphorus in fertilizer causes algae to grow in water. Algae can harm fish and other aquatic wildlife by lowering the oxygen levels, making it difficult for these creatures to survive and unsafe for swimming and recreation. To help preserve water quality and prevent pollution, fertilize only as needed to maintain a healthy lawn.

Pasco County Fertilizer Ordinance

In July 2014, based on scientific research from the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Pasco County adopted a Fertilizer Ordinance for regulating proper fertilizer application. The Fertilizer Ordinance's regulation of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) found in fertilizer will help improve water quality in Pasco County.

Fertilizing tips:

  • Use fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides sparingly
  • Fertilize only when the grass is actively growing
  • Never apply fertilizers before it rains
  • Always follow the fertilizer label directions on the bag
  • Use slow-release fertilizer
  • Consider using nontoxic or less toxic products
  • Sweep up any fertilizer that gets on paved areas 
  • Never fertilize within 10 feet of any waterbody
  • Do not over water your lawn

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Florida-Friendly Landscaping™
Putting the right plant in the right place

Use Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ practices on your lawn to save time, effort, and money while protecting the environment. This method of landscaping requires less maintenance and water. Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ is also very colorful and visually attractive; it’s about putting the right plant in the right place. For more information contact the UF/IFAS Pasco County Cooperative Extension at 352-518-0156, or visit UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County.

Taking these actions will help protect our waterways and the environment.

Want to learn more?

To learn more about how you can prevent and reduce stormwater pollution, view Preserving our Waterways.

Report illicit discharges/illegal dumping to Pasco County: 727-834-3611