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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Fertilizer idea: Stay 10 feet from water

Published 3/28/2008
On the water's edge in Jacksonville, miles and miles of grass buffer rivers, streams, lakes and drainage ponds.

No law prevents fertilizing right up to the waterline.

But a proposed city ordinance would make it illegal to fertilize within 10 feet of the water. In addition, property owners would have to plant a 6-foot-wide buffer zone with landscaping that needs little, if any, irrigation and mowing.

Fertilizer and waterways don't mix. The nitrogen that makes lawns green also spawns algae blooms that have covered vast swaths of the St. Johns River in summer.
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