Pinellas Fertilizer Ordinance
Pinellas County has a fertilizer ordinance to protect the watershed. I've been seeing all the notices posted in the big box stores for a while. When I read the actual ordinance I see it is a lot more restrictive than I believed. It seems to say:
From June -Sept 30
1. No fertilizer of any kind with any N or P may be applied to lawn or landscape plants June -Sept 30.
2. Does not apply to veggie gardens.
3. Compost, Mg, iron, etc.. can be used, but I didn't see any exemption for slow release Osmocote type products. Organic type fertilizer may be ok if it is considered primarily organic in nature and is applied to improve the physical condition of the soil
4. Doesn't apply to container plants.
Rest of the year
1. No fertilizer containing P can be applied ever without a test showing your soil is low in P. You have to mail a copy of the results to Pinellas County.
2.Granular fertilizers containing nitrogen applied to turf and/or landscape plants within Pinellas County must have at least 50 percent slow release nitrogen.
3. Same exemption for veggie gardens, Mg, iron, etc...
I support the idea of fertilizer regulations, but it looks like this ordinance should be redrafted. My "landscape plants" need fertilizer. I guess I will have to plant some veggies next to my roses and turn it into a veggie garden. At least let us have some osmocote or dynamite for our plants!
Here is a link that might be useful: ordinance