Martin County Board of Commissioners approves tougher fertilizer laws

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From TCPalm: The Martin County Board of Commissioners is counting on a tougher fertilizer law making for a cleaner St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon.

On Tuesday, the commission unanimously approved changes to its 2011 fertilizer ordinance that:

Bans fertilizers with phosphorus rather than require fertilizers with low phosphorus, unless soil or plants are proven to be deficient in the nutrient.

Requires use of 50 percent slow-release nitrogen in fertilizer instead of merely recommending it.

Increases the setback for applying fertilizer near bodies of water from 10 feet to 25 feet.

Continues to ban turf fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus during the rainy season, June 1 and Sept. 30.

Requires retailers to post a notice informing customers about the county’s fertilizer restrictions.

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