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Fertilize your lawn with at least 50% slow release nitrogen, don’t fertilize near waterways, and take a fertilizing holiday during the warmer months.
Nitrogen pollution has become a problem due to expanding fertilizer use. Land for agricultural use was found to increase nutrient loading by 100%. However the same land for suburban lawns increases nutrient loading by 500%. If applied during summer rains, nitrogen from lawn fertilizers washes unchecked into waterways. The EPA estimates that the Indian River Lagoon receives over 3 millions pounds of nitrogen per year. This is over 1 million pounds in excess than can be absorbed.
Feeding the lawn 50% slow release nitrogen, or preferably 100%, at the beginning of the growing season in the spring is the best practice. Nitrogen bits are encapsulated in sulfur that dissolves overtime to feed the lawn for many months. Slow-release means more nitrogen for the grass, less nitrogen running off to waterways, and fewer applications. Plus, you will save money while enjoying green lawns and cleaner water.
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