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Summer fertilizer bans start June 1

Written by  Be Floridian Now and others

Posted May 27, 2016
Indian River Lagoon, Environment and Florida Poltics, cont'd.

Summer Fertilizer Bans Start June 1
Skip The Fertilizer to Protect The Waters That Make Florida Fun!

By Be Floridian Now

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:
 
-- Pump some iron. An application of iron, readily available at most garden centers, will keep your lawn green during the summer without excessive growth. Who wants to mow every week anyway?

-- Micro-size It! Apply micronutrients such as zinc and manganese to keep your grass healthy.

-- Get Better Dirt. Mix in composted cow or chicken manure, or your own home compost, to enrich your soil. It's like giving vitamins to your yard.
 
-- Pick better plants. Buy plants adapted to Florida's hot, humid climate and plant them in the right place according to their sun and water needs. They'll need less water, fertilizer and chemicals year-round, and you'll have more time for bicycling, boating, grilling or just relaxing by the pool sipping a drink with a little umbrella in it. Visit  http://www.plantrealflorida.org/ or http://floridayards.org/ for ideas.
 
-- Leave Clippings on the Lawn! Don't feed algae blooms by blowing grass clippings into the street, or down the storm drain where they will wash into our waterways. Instead, leave them on your lawn. They are free fertilizer and can supply at least 25% of the nitrogen your grass needs throughout the year.

Less Lawn = More Fun!

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.

Together we can bring the Indian River Lagoon back to health.  

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Distributed by Marine Resources Council
3275 Dixie Hwy, NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905. Phone 321-725-7775. Website: www.mrcirl.org

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SCPA Editor note: Most 'Florida Friendly' plants are, in fact, Florida native plants, the basis for sustainable, lagoon-friendly, Florida landscaping. Ultimately, a restored, healthy lagoon and a more sustainable Florida will require widespread usage of Florida native plants landscaping, which will require an informed public.

LINKS 

Plant Real Florida
Add native plants to your landscape...
http://www.plantrealflorida.org/

Florida Native Plants Landscaping and Retail Outlets in our region

Butterfly Flowers
Oceanside Farmer's Market in Vero Beach Saturday mornings. Sometimes Melbourne Farmer's Market.
Phone: 321-626-7386
Web: http://www.nativebutterflyflowers.com
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Green Images Native Landscape Plants
Located west of Titusville in Christmas.
Phone: 407-568-1333
Web: http://www.greenimagesnursery.com
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Maple Street Natives
Located in West Melbourne.
Phone: 321-729-6857
Web: http://www.maplestreetnatives.com
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Florida Native Plant Society
Two chapters in Brevard, one in Indian River County
http://www.fnps.org
North Brevard: Sea Rocket Chapter, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 321-264-5185, http://www.nbbd.com/npr/SeaRocket/
South Brevard: Conradina Chapter, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 321-729-6857, http://conradina.fnpschapters.org/
Indian River County: Eugenia Chapter, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 772-567-1565, http://eugenia.fnpschapters.org/

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What we must do to enable lagoon recovery
By Dr. Richard Baker

… Stop treating our lagoon like a garbage dump. Pay attention to the signs that say, "All Canals lead to the Lagoon." The ditches and swales near your homes send whatever you put into your septic tanks or on your lawns and driveways into our waterways. We must:

1. Drastically reduce fertilizer and herbicide use.
2. Use native plants that don't require extra water, herbicides, or fertilizers.
3. Build more stormwater ponds to clean water from parking lots and roads.
4. Eliminate septic tanks (glorified outhouses), and disposal of sewage sludge on lands.
5. Use public transportation, drive fuel-efficient cars and support solar energy in "The Sunshine State."
6. Stop destroying wetlands through development. Native plants and animals are losing space every year.
7. Vote for officials who will enforce Amendment 1 and the Clean Water Act as intended.
8. Educate the public.
9. Finally, demand water-quality testing in our canals and ditches for heavy metals, nitrogen, phosphorus, herbicides, and fertilizers. Are discharges from agriculture and urban developments safe for plants, animals and humans? …

Excerpt from: http://scpaflorida.com/item/3142-will-lagoon-be-dead-zone

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Fertilizer use + the lagoon
By Clyde Giesenschlag
A summary of fertilizer ordinance info in the Indian River Lagoon watershed
http://scpaflorida.com/item/3149-fertilizer-use-the-lagoon

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