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Posted on: May 22, 2023

Use of Nitrogen and Phosphorous Fertilizers are Not Permitted during Summer

Man Fertilizing Lawn

From June 1 through September 30, ONLY fertilizers with ZERO NITROGEN and ZERO PHOSPHORUS are permitted to be applied to all areas of property covered by lawn, turf, and landscape plants. This is due to the abundance of rain the area gets during these summer months, which flushes the pollutants from lawns into our local waterbodies.

Orange County’s Fertilizer Management Ordinance applies to everyone in Winter Garden. This annual summer fertilizer helps protect our springs, lakes, and rivers. The ordinance became effective June 1, 2022.

By doing something as simple as choosing fertilizer carefully and applying it properly, together we can make a big impact on the health of our natural water bodies.

Also, please note: From October 1 through May 31, fertilizers containing nitrogen are permitted. HOWEVER, the fertilizers must contain at least 65% slow release nitrogen.

Click here for more information about Orange County’s Fertilizer Management Ordinance and how to fertilize responsibly. 

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