Dry Season Lawn Care Practices That Help Protect the Indian River Lagoon
The City of Melbourne reminds residents to follow important lawn care practices to prevent pollution and protect the Indian River Lagoon.
Get Expert Advice
Have your soil tested by the IFAS Brevard County Extension Office to find out what type of nutrients your yard needs and the proper amount to be applied: 321-633-1702. IFAS also offers lawn and garden information online.
Observe Fertilizer Regulations
Though fertilizer is allowed during the drier months (October through May), city code includes the following year-round restrictions:
- Only phosphate-free fertilizer may be used (with certain exceptions).
- The percentage of slow release nitrogen content in any fertilizer used must be at least 50%.
- Fertilizer cannot be used within 15 feet of any surface waters, including, ponds, streams, watercourses, lakes, canals or wetlands.
- A low-maintenance zone of 25 feet adjacent to surface waters must be planted and managed in order to minimize the need for fertilization, watering and mowing.
Never Blow Clippings or Yard Debris Into the Street
It is illegal in the City of Melbourne to blow grass clippings into streets or stormwater drains. Instead, clippings should be blown back into yards or composted.
Follow Watering Restrictions
From the first Sunday in November through the second Sunday in March, landscape irrigation is allowed on one designated day each week, based on your street address, and only before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
- Saturday for residential landscape irrigation at addresses that end in odd numbers or have no address;
- Sunday for residential landscape irrigation at addresses that end in even numbers; and
- Tuesday for nonresidential landscape irrigation.
Contact the City of Melbourne's ECO Division: 321-608-5080.