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No Fertilizer from June 1 to September 30!

Attention Homeowners in Indian River County, Vero Beach, Indian River Shores  and Orchid:  A reminder from the Indian River Neighborhood Association.  We are coming into our rainy season when more nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous  are likely to be washed from our lawns, driveways and roads into the storm water system and, ultimately, into the Lagoon.  The recent fertilizer ordinance passed by our communities goes into effect June 1stIt prohibits the use of lawn fertilizer between June 1st and September 30th.   No fertilizer containing Phosphorous is to be used anytime. All fertilizers must contain at least 50% slow release Nitrogen. Finally, no fertilizer is to be applied within 10 feet of any water body.

Please discuss these new regulations with your lawn care provider.  For details regarding the ordinance and fertilizing tips, please see or email Alexis Peralta, the County’s Stormwater educator and fertilizer enforcement officer, at

Complying with the fertilizer ordinance and reporting any violators is one way we can contribute to cleaning up our lagoon.