Watershed Management: Water Quality
Retailers & Landscape Management Professionals
Pinellas County’s Fertilizer Ordinance is intended to protect the water quality and natural habitats of creeks, lakes, and marine waters that receive runoff from our stormdrain system. Runoff of nutrients, primarily nitrogen and phosphorous, is contributing to poor water quality in our rivers, lakes, ponds, and Tampa Bay.
Excessive or improper use of fertilizer in landscapes is a significant source of excess nutrients to local waterways.
The following are details of the Retail Sale Section 58-482 that will help your business stay in compliance with Pinellas County’s Fertilizer Ordinance:
There are products available for sale prior to the restricted period that provide extended nitrogen release through 4-6 months for turf and up to 9 months for landscape plants. Alternative fertilizers containing iron and other micronutrients (instead of nitrogen & phosphorous) may be sold and used during the summer restricted period.
Pinellas County is partnering with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) to provide materials to help you educate your customers:
Contact TBEP at (727) 895-2765 to inquire.