If you want to protect Florida’s springs, the fertilizer that you use matters. Tomorrow, you can get some first hand information about choosing the right fertilizers for Florida’s springs by swinging by the S.T. Foggia Branch Library at 6335 Blackbird Ave., in Spring Hill at 10:30.
You’ll be able to take advantage of a free seminar on Florida-friendly fertilization practices that protect Florida’s water supply. There will be some special focus on Weeki Wachee Springs, but the principles could apply to any of Florida’s springs.
If you need more information you can call (352) 540-6230.
If you can’t make the seminar here are a few fertilization tips from The Southwest Florida Water Management District.
- Don’t fertilize your entire yard. Target problem areas instead.
- Take problem area samples to the county extension office to pinpoint problems.
- Always start with a soil test. This will tell you what your yard actually needs.
- You should only fertilize when grass is growing — not during the winter, when it’s dormant.
- Avoid fertilizing if rain is expected in the next 36 hours.
- Buy exactly as much fertilizer as you need to take care of the problem areas: no more, and no less.
- Try to find a slow release fertilizer if possible.
- Wait at least 60 days after planting a new lawn before applying fertilizer.
- Always follow the instructions on the bag of fertilizer.
Here’s another tip: know your numbers. Every sack of fertilizer that you buy will be labeled with 3 numbers representing the ratios of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.
According to the Southwest Florida Water Management District:
In general, select a fertilizer where the first and third numbers on the label are equal or in a 2:1 ratio and the middle number is zero or as low as possible.
Look for a fertilizer where the ratio of nitrogen to phosphorus (the first to second number) is a minimum of 4 to 1. For example, a 12-3-10 and a 15-0-15 fertilizer would follow this recommendation.
As you can see, you don’t really need to make a lot of sacrifices to practice Florida-friendly fertilizing. You just have to be conscious of best practices!
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