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.

Hillsborough County Fertilizer Application Ban Begins June 1

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.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – Hillsborough County Environmental Services reminds residents that the fertilizer application ban starts June 1 and ends Sept. 30. 

The fertilizer ordinance, which the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners approved in November 2021, does not allow the application of fertilizer that contains nitrogen or phosphorous on turfgrass or landscape plants from June 1 to Sept. 30, which intends to minimize the negative impacts to the region’s natural waterbodies during the rainy season.

The ordinance applies to unincorporated Hillsborough County. The City of Tampa has a separate ordinance. 

Hillsborough County’s ordinance applies to anyone including residents, homeowners, Homeowner Association common property management, businesses, governmental entities, and commercial companies that apply fertilizer and provide landscape services to non-agricultural property.

Fertilizers containing iron, manganese and other “micronutrients,” also referred to as “summer blends,” can be applied in unincorporated Hillsborough County during the restricted season to keep lawns healthy and green. 

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