Information for Homeowners and Businesses

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Residents and businesses that apply their own landscape fertilizer are only responsible for applying the correct fertilizer formulation at the right time of the year.

Fertilizer retailers may want to know about the restrictions on certain types of products so they can adjust inventories appropriately. Manatee County does not have sales restrictions.

Homeowners and Businesses Maintaining their own Landscape

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Residents and businesses that apply their own landscape fertilizer are only responsible for applying the correct fertilizer formulation at the right time of the year. The Manatee County Fertilizer Ordinance restricts the use of the following products on residential urban landscapes:

 

  • Granular fertilizer products with less than 50% slow-release nitrogen.
  • Nitrogen or phosphorus containing products between June 1 and September 30th.
  • Phosphorus applications without a soil test indicating a phosphorous deficiency.

There are many fertilizer products already on store shelves that meet ordinance formulation requirements. A list of these is available here. Your retailer may also stock other alternatives. If you have any questions about selecting an appropriate product for your situation, consult the Manatee County Extension Office.

 

 

Using Certified Landscape Maintenance Professionals

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If you hire landscape services, please be aware that certification requirements for all landscape professionals working in Manatee County have gone into effect on June 1st, 2012 for all personnel applying fertilizers and will go into effect on December 1st, 2012 for all personnel maintaining lawns. Credentials are awarded to the individual, not the company, so everybody maintaining your landscape for hire must be certified. Both an ID card and a vehicle decal are issued to certified individuals.

 

Manatee County Natural Resources officers will be enforcing the Manatee County Fertilizer Ordinance. To reach an officer, contact the Natural Resources Dept-Environmental Protection Division at (941) 742-5980 x1807, email MCfertilizer@mymanatee.org.

 

The "Be Floridian" Homeowner Toolkit

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The iconic Flamingo was selected as the symbol for the Be Floridian campaign created to spread the word about Florida-friendly landscaping practices because it represents the relaxed, tropical lifestyle that's the goal of many Floridians. Help us protect our carefree lifestyle. The fundamentals of efficient landscape maintenance in Florida differ from those many people learned before they owned their own Florida home.

 

The Be Floridian campaign has a wealth of useful resources for Florida homeowners. Those of us that hire yard maintenance services, live in deed-restricted communities or have a Home Owners Association (HOA) manage the community landscaping will find the Homeowner Toolkit particularly useful. Homeowners in an HOA will find fact sheets, pre-written newsletter articles, and guidelines for communicating Florida-friendly landscaping concepts with your HOA. Adopt Florida-friendly landscape maintenance practices to "Preserve Florida for Boating, Fishing and Drinks with Little Umbrellas".

 

Program Contact Information

For more information regarding the topics on this page contact the Natural Resources Dept-Environmental Protection Division at (941) 742-5980 x1807, email MCfertilizer@mymanatee.org.