Water-Related News

St. Pete’s fertilizer ban starts June 1st

ST. PETERSBURG – St. Pete’s yearly fertilizer ban returns June 1 and runs through September 30. Increased rainfall in the summer months can cause nutrients from fertilizer to reach water bodies and lead to environmental issues like algae blooms, fish kills and water quality problems.

To help prevent this, using fertilizer is prohibited June 1 through September 30.

St. Pete residents are encouraged to follow these eco-friendly tips:

  • Treat lawns with a slow-release fertilizer in the spring or fertilizer-free micronutrients in the summer
  • Pick up any debris or vegetation near storm drains year-round to keep it from entering our waterways
  • Follow a no-mow zone six feet from any water body, helping to establish a protective barrier
  • Make sure lawn maintenance/landscaper is certified through Pinellas County
  • Replace some or all of lawn with Florida-friendly native plants

More information can be found at stpete.org/Fertilizer.