Irrigation & Fertilizer Use
On June 19, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) rescinded their one-day-a-week residential irrigation restrictions following the beginning of rainy season and more than 12 inches of rainfall between April 25 and June 18. The SFWMD urged residents to conserve water year-round and learn about their local irrigation and fertilizer use ordinances.
Fort Myers Beach limits lawn irrigation to the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. with limited exceptions. A proposed ordinance, currently under consideration by the Marine Resources Task Force, would limit irrigation to just two days a week and prohibit wasteful water use.
Fort Myers Beach prohibits the application of fertilizers during rainy season (June 1 – September 30), as well as anytime a heavy rain is forecast or when a flood, tropical storm or hurricane watch or warning is in effect.
Fertilizers are never allowed within 15 feet of any waterbody or wetland or on any impervious surface, such as sidewalks, driveways and streets.
Fertilizer used on FMB lawns must contain 65% slow release nitrogen. Phosphorus is banned unless soil testing indicates the soil is deficient. When applying fertilizer, it is limited to one pound per 1000 square feet of lawn and a deflector must be used on the spreader to keep fertilizer away from water bodies, wetlands and impervious surfaces. It’s also a good idea when mowing to avoid blowing grass clippings into the ditch, drain, road, sidewalk or any waterbody.