New fertilizer ban in effect in suburban Martin



Several baffle boxes have been installed through Martin County to filter runoff water. Workers here install the concrete lid of a baffle box. Officials hope a stricter fertilizing ban could eventually reduce the need for these efforts. (Source: The Palm Beach Post)

From The Palm Beach Post: This summer marks the beginning of Martin County’s more stringent ban on fertilizing in the unincorporated areas of the county.

The ban, the result of an ordinance passed in October, aims to raise awareness about the effect of nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizers on the environment. Both types of fertilizers are banned from June 1 to Sept. 30 in the county.

During the period when folks can fertilize, Nov. 1 to May 31, a 25-foot buffer from wetlands and water bodies is needed, and the nitrogen in the fertilizer is supposed to be 50 percent slow release, meaning the nutrients are absorbed more slowly into the soil.

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