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Fertilizer Ban

Fertilizer Ban

It’s that time again

Fertilizer restrictions begin June 1st and run through September 30th. Better known as the “Blackout Period”, the fertilizer ban was first put in place in Palm Beach County in 2000. The Town of Windermere followed in 2004, with Sarasota County following suit in 2007; the first county to develop comprehensive ordinances, including a repeat offender fine scale, application guidelines and training requirements.

Fertilizer restrictions are in place because local waters are experiencing a decline in water quality which prompted concerns about our marine life, our lakes and beaches and our economy. Advocates for stricter fertilizer rules believe that our summer rainy season increases fertilizer runoff causing an increase in water pollution.  They point to research stating that if lawns and landscapes are managed appropriately, they can thrive without fertilizing during the summer rainy months.  Opponents however argue that depriving lawns and landscapes of nutrients when they are most able to absorb them during their peak growing season results in more nitrogen and phosphorous run off when applied at other times of the year. This is due to the fact that turf roots naturally grow more shallow in the late fall, winter and early spring and deeper in summer months.

Fertilizer restrictions vary by county and municipality. For more information on your area, see below:

Now that you have learned what you can and cannot do during the fertilizer ban, you’re probably wondering how you will ever keep your lawn and landscape green. Worry no more, because Big Earth Supply has materials that will help keep your lawn and landscape lush and healthy during fertilizer restrictions in Tampa, Lutz, Apollo Beach, Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Ruskin, Sarasota, Palmetto, Charlotte and across the State of Florida.  

Now is a great time to add compost to your lawn and garden, not only to promote a level grade, but to add much needed nutrients to your soil. In addition to compost, you can also use Harmony Liquid True Roots containing kelp, seaweed extract and other micronutrients, which promotes both lawn and landscape establishment and overall plant health. Big Earth’s granular 0-0-18 fertilizer contains plenty of potassium and minor elements, easily applied with a spreader. Chelated Liquid Iron not only corrects iron deficiencies in lawns and landscapes but also produces a deep, rich green color, while Maxicrop Liquid Seaweed also greens up lawns and landscape plants, in addition to providing more than 70 minerals, vitamins and enzymes. Remember, an appropriately cared for lawn and landscape has less pest and disease issues.


No matter what you choose, Big Earth is here to help during the fertilizer ban. Try Big Earth Compost, Big Earth 0-0-18 granular fertilizer with minors, Chelated Liquid Iron or Maxicrop Liquid Seaweed to get through the season and even emerge with a more beautiful, lush lawn.  The rainy days will clear before you know it. 

posted on: Tuesday, May 30 2017