In May of 2008, Lee
County Commissioners approved an ordinance limiting the use of fertilizer that
took full effect in June of 2009.
WHY IS THERE AN ORDINANCE
To ensure the quality
of our coastal waters, critical to our environment, economy, and recreation.
The fertilizer ordinance, which prohibits the use of fertilizers containing
Nitrogen and Phosphorus, will prevent excess nutrients from entering our waters
as a result of drainage and runoff.
WHAT IT DOES
The ordinance regulates landscape
management practices and sets rules for the application and use of fertilizers
that contain Nitrogen or Phosphorus. It requires the registration and training
of both professional landscapers and institutional landscapers, and sets
best-management landscape and fertilizer
WHO IT APPLIES TO
The ordinance applies to anyone
- personal or professional - landscaping unincorporated Lee County. And it
provides exemptions for agriculture, golf courses, and specialized turf. The
ordinance does not apply to farms, pastures, golf courses, and other
specialized turf areas already under appropriate best management practices.
Training for landscapers will be provided through the University of Florida Lee
County Extension Service.
WHAT IT REQUIRES
Fertilizers containing Nitrogen
and/or Phosphorus cannot be used during the four-month rainy season, June
through September. During the rest of the year, fertilizer containing
Phosphorus and Nitrogen is limited. Fertilizer use is also prohibited within 10
feet of a water body, seawall, or wetland. And, if you use a fertilizer
spreader, you are required to have a deflector sheild to prevent nutrient
spread into water body buffers and impervious surfaces.
To view the Lee
County Division of Natural Resources Main Website