Nitrogen fertilizer ban in Pinellas until Sept. 30
From June through September, Pinellas residents cannot buy or apply fertilizer with nitrogen or phosphorus, in order to protect waterways from toxic algae blooms and fish kills.
In addition, grass clippings and other yard waste may not be swept or blown into stormwater drains, ditches, drainage conveyances, roads or surface waters. Such organic material contains nutrients that can also contribute to poor water quality.
It's hurricane season. If you have large trees in your landscape that have the potential to damage structures, you may want to contact an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture to evaluate the damage potential and to do any pruning to open the canopy or remove dead branches. Always ask for references and a contractor's proof of liability insurance. For a list of certified arborists, go to treesaregood.com.
Information from Carol Suggs and Theresa Badurek of the Pinellas County Extension Service and from the Hillsborough County Extension Gardening Almanac. For answers to common landscape questions, go to www.askextension.org, pinellascountyextension.org or hillsborough.extension.ufl.edu.