Remember, go Slow-release when fertilizing
Planning to fertilizer your lawn or flower beds soon? Then take it slow — as in slow-release nitrogen. Under Pinellas County's fertilizer ordinance, only fertilizers containing a minimum of 50 percent slow-release nitrogen can be used from October to May. Slow-release products (also call controlled release or timed release) feed your lawn or plants gradually, nourishing them for a longer period of time. They also are better for the environment, since they are more likely to be absorbed by the plants and less likely to run off when it rains and pollute bays, lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. Not sure how to calculate the slow-release percentage? Don't worry. Garden centers may legally sell only landscape fertilizers that meet the 50 percent slow-release requirement. Look for products with no phosphorus too, since Pinellas County soils already contain abundant amounts of phosphorous. Calculate the right amount of fertilizer for your yard at http://www.pinellascounty.org/environment/watershed/fertilizer-calulator.htm.
Citizens Academy begins May 8
If you are a Safety Harbor resident and want to learn about the inner workings of your hometown, applications are being accepted for the Safety Harbor Citizens Academy. The program will take participants on a tour of the city, explain functions of the municipal government and introduce city leaders. Sessions are scheduled for Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. and will start on May 8. Applications are due by April 13. For an application visit safetyharbor.com.
Move your feet for St. Paddy's Day
Kick off your St. Patrick's Day celebration with food, fun, friends and great live entertainment during the Shamrock'n Run 5K and 1.5-mile walk. This family-friendly event will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Ulmer Park, 301 W Bay Drive. Children 7 and under can also lace up their shoes and participate in the Clover Kids Fun Run starting at 8:15 p.m. Following the races, all participants will enjoy a meal, refreshments and drinks. Cost: $20 for the 5K; $15 for the 1.5-mile walk; $7 for the Clover Kids Fun Run. Download a registration form or register online at Active.com. Call (727) 587-6740 ext. 5016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.