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Summer Fertilizer Ban In Effect; Runs Through Sept. 30

Post Date:05/31/2017 9:44 AM

A view of the Indian River Lagoon from Pineapple Park, Eau Gallie 

The summer rainy season ban on fertilizer use in the City of Melbourne goes into effect on June 1. The ban lasts until September 30.

This regulation was enacted in order to keep harmful nutrients found in fertilizer from washing off from lawns, into storm drains and ultimately into the Indian River during the rainy summer months.

“In the summer months heavy rains wash off any fertilizer applied to lawns and gardens before it has a chance to impact the plants it was intended for,” said Melbourne City Engineer Jenni Lamb. “Instead, it ends up polluting the Indian River Lagoon.”

Homeowners are reminded that it also illegal to blow grass clippings into streets or stormwater drains in the City of Melbourne at any time of the year. Instead, clippings should be blown back into yards, bagged or composted.

Penalties include a fine of $200 for violating either of the ordinances.

For more information, call the Stormwater Hotline: (321) 608-7341.

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