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Summer restrictions on fertilizers in Pinellas County begin June 1


Restrictions on fertilizers will begin next week

A countywide ordinance now regulates the use of fertilizers. Residents can fertilize lawns and gardens year-round, but rules limit the types of fertilizers used during the summer's rainy months. Fertilizers containing nitrogen and/or phosphorus cannot be applied to lawns or landscape plants from June 1 to Sept. 30.

If you plan to fertilize, here's what you need to know:

• Don't apply fertilizer if the National Weather Service has issued a weather advisory in Pinellas County for events like severe thunderstorms, floods, tropical storms or if rains greater than 2 inches in a 24-hour period are predicted.

• Fertilizer with nitrogen cannot be applied on newly established lawns or landscape plants for the first 30 days.

• If granular fertilizers containing nitrogen are used, they must contain no less than 50 percent slow-release nitrogen.

• Fertilizer cannot be applied or deposited onto any solid surface, such as driveways, sidewalks and roads, nor can it be washed, swept or blown off such surfaces into stormwater drains, ditches, roadways or surface water. If this occurs, the fertilizer must be immediately removed to the greatest extent possible.

• If using broadcast or rotary fertilizer spreaders, deflector shields must deflect fertilizer granules from all solid surfaces and surface water.

• A fertilizer-free zone is a 10-foot buffer from a wetland, top of the bank of a surface water or landward edge of a seawall. Fertilizer cannot be applied within this zone.

Questions? Call the Pinellas County Watershed Management Division at (727) 464-4425.

Tarpon springs

Road work to affect two streets

The city is announcing two road closures.

• Tarpon Springs will be paving sections of Whitcomb Boulevard between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. today in the area of Whitcomb Bayou between Carolina Avenue and the Whitcomb Bridge. Motorists should expect some traffic delays and minimal detours.

• A section of Live Oak Street between Rivo Place and U.S. 19 will be closed to through traffic from Tuesday through June 27. Access will be maintained to the businesses on Rivo Place. Detours will direct traffic to alternate routes. The detours are necessary due to road work associated with the construction of a Lowe's store.


Veterans offered help on benefits

The nonprofit Disabled American Veterans organization and the Harley-Davidson Foundation have teamed up to provide answers and support to veterans who feel confused about benefits and services. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, the DAV will set up its Mobile Service Office at Fletcher's Harley-Davidson, 17129 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. The two groups invite all veterans and members to come out for the event. For more information, call Andrew Marshall, (727) 319-7444.

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Pinellas deaths

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Summer restrictions on fertilizers in Pinellas County begin June 1 05/24/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 6:53pm]
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