Hernando County has a “black out period” from January 1st thru March 31st in which lawns may not be fertilized.
This local ordinance came about as a measure to protect the Weeki Wachee River. As this waterway’s watershed extends to a large part of the county, run-off will greatly affect the quality of its water.
Currently, the Weeki Wachee River exceeds its Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of nitrates. The source of that can be found in the over-application of fertilizers. This results in excessive algae growth and can ultimately lead to lower oxygen levels in the water and potential fish-kill.
This river is dear to us locals and complying with the ordinance is a simple way to improve our environment and secure a better future for this unique spring-fed river.
The full ordinance is available at extension.hernandocounty.us.