Protect Our Ponds
Make sure that you or your lawn care professional blow all grass clippings back into your yard. When clippings enter the storm drains, not only can they clog the drains which can cause flooding during heavy rains, but can also end up in our ponds which can cause algae blooms and fish kills. Grass clippings are full of nutrients and are great for a greener, healthier lawn. However, these same nutrients are harmful to stormwater retention areas. Please take a moment to watch this educational video by clicking on the image:
On June 1, 2012, Manatee County's Fertilizer Ordinance (Ordinance # 11-21) went into effect. This ordinance applies to anyone who applies fertilizer to lawns and common areas such as residents, landscapers, pest control firms, and others. Click the links below to read the ordinance and the ordinance summary published by Manatee County Board of County Commissioners.
If you hire landscape services that include fertilizer applications, make sure your landscape professional has received a "Limited Certification for Urban Landscape Commercial Fertilizer" license through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). Check their vehicle for the "Trained and Certified" sticker to be sure your landscaper has complied.