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Winter Fertilizer Ban in Effect from December through February


Communications Office – Media Release


CONTACT: Mark Sexton, Communications and Legislative Affairs Director
PHONE: (352) 374-5204; CELL (352) 283-2317


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Winter Fertilizer Ban in Effect from December through February


November 14, 2016

3:30 p.m.

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL – The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department wants to remind residents that the new Fertilizer Standards were adopted by the County Commission on May 24, 2016. These standards include a ban on the use of fertilizers containing nitrogen and/or phosphorus during the months of December, January, and February.

The ordinance includes the following additional standards:

  • Fertilizers may not be applied when soils are saturated with water, before a heavy rain, and for 30 days before or after seeding or sodding.
  • Fertilizers spilled on impervious surfaces must be removed immediately, and may not be blown or washed into roads, stormwater systems, or water bodies.
  • Fertilizers shall not be applied within a minimum of 10 feet from any waterbody unless a deflector shield is used (then a minimum distance of three feet is required).
  • Grass clippings must be removed from streets, sidewalks, and driveways immediately.
  • Fertilizer must be stored in areas protected from rainfall and stormwater runoff.
  • All commercial and institutional applicators shall successfully complete the Florida Friendly Best Management Practices for Water Resources by the Green Industries training and carry evidence that they are an FDACS Commercial Fertilizer Applicator.

“Fertilizers are one of the main sources of nutrient pollution to our surface waters, groundwater, and springs,” said Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Water Conservation Coordinator Stacie Greco. “Eliminating or reducing fertilizer use in yards will save money while helping to improve the health of our local water bodies, especially in the winter. Lawns go dormant in the winter, so fertilizers are not taken up by roots. Instead, the excess nutrients can contaminate our drinking water and cause harmful algae in local springs and lakes.”

Visit the Alachua County Water Resources website for additional water protection information.

For more information, contact Alachua County Water Resources Manager Gus Olmos at 352-264-6806 or

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Important Countywide Updates

Community Update November 15

Don’t forget fertilizer is banned December – February !  Find more information on the County Newsletter.  We hope to provide you all the information that affects your life in Newberry Florida.

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Memorial Day County Schedule

Dudley Farm Spring stockALACHUA COUNTY, FL – Other than essential services, all Alachua County offices will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015.

Residential curbside collection service for solid waste, recycling and yard trash will be delayed by one day due to the Memorial Day holiday.  The regular schedule for these services will not occur on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. Monday’s regular collection will occur on Tuesday, and so on through the week ending with Thursday’s collection on Friday.  Regular collection schedules will resume on Monday, June 1.

The five Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station and the Hazardous Waste Collection Center will also be closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.  All facilities will resume regular hours of operation on Tuesday, May 26.

For more information, contact Alachua County Waste Collection Manager, Milton Towns at 352-338-3233.

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Mosquito Control

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL – Wet conditions are expected to bring an early mosquito season. To prevent mosquito-borne diseases, the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County recommends practicing “Drain and Cover.”


DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.

  • DRAIN: water from garbage cans, house gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
  • DISCARD: old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren’t being used.
  • EMPTY and CLEAN: birdbaths and pet’s water bowls at least once a week.
  • PROTECT: boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.
  • MAINTAIN: the water balance (pool chemistry) of swimming pools. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

COVER your skin with clothing and use mosquito repellent.

  • If outside when mosquitoes are active, cover up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long sleeves.
  • Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before applying a repellent to skin.  Some repellents are not suitable for children.
  • Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET are generally recommended.  Other EPA-approved repellents contain picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535.  These products are generally available at local pharmacies.  Look for active ingredients to be listed on the product label.
  • Apply insect repellent to exposed skin or onto clothing, but not under clothing.
  • When protecting children, read label instructions to be sure the repellent is age-appropriate.  According to the CDC, mosquito repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under the age of 3 years.  DEET is not recommended on children younger than 2 months old.
  • Infants should be kept indoors or mosquito netting should be used over carriers when mosquitoes are present.
  • If additional protection is necessary, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your clothing.  Again, always follow the manufacturer’s directions.

COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out.

  • Keep mosquitoes out of houses. Repair broken screens on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

For more information, see the CDC’s guidelines, or the EPA guidelines.

Report mosquito problem to the local municipality’s mosquito control or the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County at 352-334-7930.

For more information, contact Anthony Dennis at 352-334-7930.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at (352)374-5275 at least 3 business days prior to the event. TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).
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