Fertilizer Code

Fertilizer Code
Fertilizer Code



Alachua County Board of County Commissioners adopted a new Fertilizer Standards and Management Code on May 24, 2016. The ordinance is based on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Model Ordinance for Florida-Friendly Fertilizer Use in Urban Landscapes. The ordinance includes the following standards:

  • Fertilizers containing nitrogen and/or phosphorus may not be applied:
    • during the winter ban (December, January, and February)
    • when soils are saturated or before a heavy rain
    • for the first 30 days after seeding or sodding (except when hydro-seeding for erosion control)

  • Fertilizers spilled on impervious surfaces must be removed immediately, and may not be blown or washed into stormwater systems or water bodies.

  • Fertilizers shall not be applied within a minimum of 10 feet from any waterbody unless a deflector shield is used (then a minimum of 3 feet is required).

  • Grass clippings must be removed from impervious surfaces immediately.

  • Fertilizer must be stored in areas protected from rainfall and stormwater runoff. 
  • All commercial and institutional applicators shall successfully complete the Florida Friendly Best Management Practices for Water Resources by the Green Industries training and carry evidence that they are a FDACS Commercial Fertilizer Applicator.
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All businesses applying fertilizer to turf and/or landscape plants in Alachua County must ensure all employees have an appropriate "Florida Friendly Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Resources by the Green Industries" training certificate. All commercial and institutional applicators shall carry evidence that they are a FDACS Commercial Fertilizer Applicator.
 
  • To check for trainings around the state view the schedule HERE.

  • Click HERE to find out which landscaping professionals have already completed the required training.
 

Upcoming Local Green Industries Best Management Practices Workshops

  •  February 9th, 2017
  • June 1st, 2017
  • October 18th, 2017

 

These workshops are from 8:30 to 4:00 and are designed to provide training in Best Management Practices for anyone working in the lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds areas. Earn CEUs for pesticide license holders. Cost to attend is $25.00 which includes materials and lunch. To pre-register, call 352-337-6209 (voicemail) or click HERE. For further information contact Tatiana Sanchez at 352-955-2402 or by e-mail at .

 

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