Friday, May 30, 2014

Brevard County Fertilizer Restrictions Begin June 1

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The deadline to apply fertilizer to lawns is fast approaching.

Unincorporated Brevard County and many municipalities ban the application of fertilizer containing nitrogen and phosphorus from June 1 to Sept. 30.  Also, most ordinances specify that no phosphorus can be applied unless a soil test indicates a phosphorus deficiency.

To determine if a fertilizer contains phosphorus, simply look for the three numbers on the fertilizer label. If the middle number is zero, the fertilizer contains no phosphorus. The first number is always nitrogen, and the last number is always potassium. For example, a fertilizer labeled 0-0-27 contains no nitrogen or phosphorus.

Many ordinances also require that fertilizers contain at least 50 percent slow-release nitrogen.

ordinances.shtml to find your local ordinance. If you need more information on how to select or apply fertilizer, contact the UF/IFAS Extension in Brevard County at 321.633.1702.