Fertilizers and Pesticides
Most people put a lot of effort into their lawns. But too much of a good thing will actually hurt your lawn and the environment. Limit application of chemicals and apply properly. Do not apply chemicals or fertilizers when it rains because they may wash into our wetlands, lakes, and canals. Maintain a 10-foot unfertilized buffer area around water bodies. This will help prevent the fertilizer from directly entering water bodies.
More information regarding how to appropriately fertilize your lawn can be found here:
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) - Landscaping and Lawn Care
- University of Florida IFAS Extension - Home Lawn Fertilizer Recommendations
- St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) - Irrigation Recommendations and Restrictions
- St. Johns River Keeper - Fertilize Your Yard, Not Your River
If you would like additional information on the potential impacts of lawn fertilization here is a recommended article: