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New season, new fertilizer restrictions

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Posted at 7:09 PM, May 18, 2022

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — New Fertilizer use rules in Cape Coral will change starting June 1 due to Florida’s upcoming rainy season.

The fertilizers that contain phosphorus or nitrogen will be prohibited starting June 1 till September 30. The reason for this change is to help protect our canals and waterways during this wet season.

What changes will be made to the Fertilizer rules:

  • Fertilizers containing nitrogen or phosphorus are not permitted between June 1 and September 30.
  • No fertilizer is allowed if a flood watch/warning, a tropical storm watch/warning, or a hurricane watch/warning is in effect.
  • Fertilizer cannot be used within 15 feet of any body of water.
  • Phosphorus fertilizer is not permitted any time of year unless a soil test performed in the past two years identifies a phosphorus deficiency.
  • The percentage of slow-release nitrogen content in any fertilizer used during the remainder of the year (October-May) must be at least 50 percent.
  • No grass clippings or vegetative debris may be swept or blown into stormwater drains, conveyances, bodies of water, sidewalks, or roadways.
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