Sunday, August 19, 2018
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Timely Tendings: June brings Pinellas County fertilizer restrictions, hurricane season

Pinellas to begin fertilizer restriction season

The restricted season begins June 1 and runs through Sept. 30. During this time, you cannot apply fertilizer containing nitrogen and/or phosphorous to your lawn and/or landscape plants.

Please also remember that your grass clippings and other yard waste may not ever be swept or blown into stormwater drains, ditches, drainage conveyances, roads or surface waters. It is a violation of the ordinance to do so. This organic material contains nutrients that can also contribute to poor water quality. It is important that we do everything we can to protect our local water bodies. For complete information on the Pinellas County Fertilizer Ordinance, visit:

Prepare landscape for hurricane season

June ushers in another hurricane season. If you have large trees in your landscape that have the potential to damage structures, you may want to contact an arborist that's certified by the International Society of Arboriculture to evaluate the damage potential and to do any pruning to improve tree structure or remove any dead branches. Remember to always ask for references and proof of liability insurance from any contractor.

You can find a list of certified arborists in your area at findanarborist .

Compiled by Theresa Badurek, urban horticulture extension agent, UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension Service. For additional landscape and garden information, visit For regular tips and information about what's growing in Pinellas, go to