ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- A Tampa Bay-area ban on fertilizer
with nitrogen or phosphorous is set to begin.
From June through September, Pinellas County residents can't buy
or apply those fertilizers. The ban is intended to protect waterways from algae blooms and fish kills.
Products with only micronutrients such as magnesium or iron can be applied. The county ordinance also requires that fertilizer spreaders have a deflector shield to keep fertilizer off streets and sidewalks.
Retailers are banned from using displays with fertilizers containing nitrogen or phosphorous during the restricted season. The stores also must post notices about the restrictions.
Violators can be fined $100.