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Thanks for skipping the fertilizer

Fertilizer runoff travels for miles, washing off our yards and spoiling our local lakes, rivers and springs. That’s why more Central Floridians are skipping nitrogen fertilizer during the summer rainy season and why many local counties and cities restrict fertilizer use from June 1 to September 30.

Summer-blend fertilizer mixes are like multivitamins for your lawn and yard. They use micronutrients to keep your yard lush and healthy, so you can skip the nitrogen that causes algae growth in local waters and keep our waters fun for boating, fishing and swimming — and safe for the otters, turtles and fish that call them home.

Does your lawn or yard need some love?

Make sure your summer blend has zero nitrogen (N) and look for any of the following micronutrients on the back of the bag

  • Iron (Fe) — helps create chlorophyll and gives plants oxygen.
  • Magnesium (Mg) — the powerhouse behind photosynthesis and gives grass its healthy, green hue.
  • Chlorine (CI) — essential to the photosynthesis process and allows roots to thrive.
  • Boron (B) — ensures continuous, healthy growth.
  • Molybdenum (Mo) — essential for plants performing biochemical processes and efficient growth.
  • Zinc (Zn) — helps plants produce chlorophyll and maintain growth.
Frustrated with your lawn? Is your turfgrass hard to grow (or mow)? You might not have the right plant in the right place! You can save time, money and stress by replacing part or all of your lawn with easy-to-maintain Florida-friendly plants.

If the idea makes you break into a sweat (like mowing the lawn on a hot day), start small. Try replacing a corner of your lawn with Florida-friendly shrubs or flowers. Check out these Florida-friendly yard makeovers for inspiration.

Slow and steady saves the springs

Unlike outdated nitrogen fertilizers, slow-release fertilizers release a steady amount of nitrogen over time. That means you can apply fertilizer less often — saving you money, and stopping nitrogen pollution from washing off your yard and into our local lakes, rivers and springs.

When should I use nitrogen fertilizer?

First, make sure your yard needs nitrogen — other micronutrients can also keep your yard lush and healthy without harming our local springs. And remember to skip the nitrogen fertilizer during the summer — from June through September — so our community has green yards, not green springs.

If you’re going to use nitrogen fertilizer during the spring or fall, check the bag to make sure you’re only buying at least 50% slow release.

At the store, look for language on the bag that says the fertilizer contains at least 50% slow-release nitrogen. (A higher percentage of slow release is even better).

You can also check the “Guaranteed Analysis” label on the back of the bag. The percentage of slow release needs to be at least half of the percentage of nitrogen — or 50%.

Frustrated with your lawn? Is your turfgrass hard to grow (or mow)? You might not have the right plant in the right place! You can save time, money and stress by replacing part or all of your lawn with easy-to-maintain Florida-friendly plants.

If the idea makes you break into a sweat (like mowing the lawn on a hot day), start small. Try replacing a corner of your lawn with Florida-friendly shrubs or flowers. Check out these Florida-friendly yard makeovers for inspiration.

Turf it out

Frustrated with your lawn? Is your turfgrass hard to grow (or mow)? You might not have the right plant in the right place! You can save time, money and stress by replacing part or all of your lawn with easy-to-maintain Florida-friendly plants.

If the idea makes you break into a sweat (like mowing the lawn on a hot day), start small. Try replacing a corner of your lawn with Florida-friendly shrubs or flowers. Check out these Florida-friendly yard makeovers for inspiration.