Reducing Fertilizer Usage

When 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’s important to protect our water quality to help reduce and prevent water pollution. Excess nitrogen and phosphorous in fertilizer causes algae to grow in water. Algae can harm fish and other aquatic wildlife by lowering the oxygen levels. This condition makes it difficult for these animals to survive. To help preserve water quality and prevent pollution, fertilize only as needed to maintain a healthy lawn, and fertilize sparingly.

Pasco County's Fertilizer Ordinance
Addresses the Proper Use of Fertilizer

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 Ordinance’s regulation of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) found in fertilizer will help improve water quality in Pasco County.

What You Can Do!
Fertilizing Tips

  • Cut down on the usage of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. Use these chemicals 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. This product can provide fertilization for 60 days or longer.
  • Consider using nontoxic or less toxic products.
  • Sweep up any fertilizer that gets on paved areas and place it back in the bag.
  • Never fertilize within 10 feet of any waterbody.
  • Don’t overwater your lawn.

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                  Putting the Right Plant in the Right Place

Use Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ 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 Helps Protect Our Waterways and the Environment!


To learn more on what you can do to help
prevent and reduce stormwater pollution in our waterways:

Watch The Preserving Our Waterways Video

Report illicit discharges/illegal dumping to
 Pasco County’s Stormwater Management Division
 CALL 727-834-3611 

Become a Solution to Stormwater Pollution
Help Protect Pasco County’s Waterways!