NORTH PORT, FL – The City of North Port is reminding residents that fertilizer application on turf grass is prohibited starting April 1 through Sept. 30 each year.

Excess fertilizers in our waterways can cause detrimental algal blooms. These nutrient pollutants can also affect the regional watershed.

“Please help the City of North Port protect its water resources from excess fertilizers in rain runoff,” said Stormwater Manager Elizabeth Wong. “Everyone can do their part and join in the regional effort to improve water quality.”

The City Commission approved an updated fertilizer ordinance last year, with the restrictive period starting earlier to better coincide with the start of rainy season. The City also promotes voluntary non-use of fertilizer year-round to further protect our waterways and drinking water supply.

To learn more, view the video below from the City’s YouTube page, or visit