The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (EPD) reminds residents that Alachua County’s landscape fertilizer regulations prohibit using landscape fertilizers containing nitrogen from July through February.
In a recent survey of more than 1,000 residents, 55% said they don’t use fertilizer at all. Those who want to commit to joining the 55% can visit EPD’s table at the Grove Street Farmers Market (1001 N.W. 4th Street, Gainesville) on Monday, October 18, and Monday, October 25, 2021, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors who commit to not using fertilizers will get a free t-shirt (to spread the message). Residents can also go to the Alachua County Fertilizer Code website
to sign the Fertilizer Free Yard Pledge. Those who sign the online pledge will receive a bumper sticker showing support for the County’s water supply.
“Fertilizers are a source of pollution to our surface waters, groundwater, and springs, so we want to ensure that citizens are aware of the fertilizer ban,” said Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Water Resources Program Manager Stacie Greco.