MANATEE — Manatee County’s effort to limit fertilizers that pollute local waters during the summer rainy season has been “very successful,” a county official said Tuesday.
“We’re starting to see results,” said Rob Brown, environment protection division manager for the county Department of Natural Resources, referring to the ban on applying phosphate- and nitrogen-based fertilizers to lawns.
Not only have homeowners’ associations embraced the ban, which lasts from June 1 through Sept. 30, but local fertilizer companies responded with new products featuring “summer blends” that omit phosphorus and nitrogen, Brown told county commissioners.
“It’s been a big boon for our state retailers,” he said. “I’m very impressed with the movement that has taken place so far.”