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SBEP reminds residents to use only slow-release fertilizers this spring

SARASOTA – In accordance with Sarasota and Manatee County urban fertilizer ordinances, the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) reminds residents to use fertilizers with a minimum of 50 percent slow-release nitrogen if they fertilize their lawn or flower beds during the spring. Slow-release products (also called controlled release or timed release) feed lawns and plants gradually and for a longer period of time. They are more easily absorbed by the plants and less likely to become stormwater runoff after heavy rains.

SBEP also reminds residents that local ordinances prohibit fertilizer application in the summer months from June through September. Too much fertilizer has an adverse impact on water quality and aquatic life. Learn more by visiting the Be Floridian website or the SBEP website.

How-to video from the Southwest Florida Water Management District: