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No Nitrogen or Phosphorus Fertilizers in Orange County Landscapes 6/1-9/31

May 10, 2022

That’s right, no nitrogen or phosphorus containing fertilizers can be applied in Orange County, Florida landscapes 6/1 - 9/31. The reason we have fertilizer regulation is because water quality is measured and managed, and the pollution ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, , Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Professional Development, Turf, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Work & Life
Tags: Blackout Period, CEU, CEUs, Cflandscapes, Fertilizer, Fertilizer Blackout, Fertilizer Ordinance, Florida, Florida Friendly, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Hwooten, Landscape, Landscape Management, Lawn, Nitrogen, Orange County, Orange County Florida, Ordinance, Phosphorus, Slow-release, Water Conservation

UF study: Stormwater ponds do little to prevent pollution in nearby lakes and ponds

March 31, 2022

For years, scientists questioned the ability of stormwater ponds to keep nutrients out of lakes and rivers. Turns out, they were right to be suspicious, new University of Florida research shows. Stormwater ponds are built to prevent soil ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Basil Iannone, BMPs, Depressional Wetlands, Kayla Hess, Lakes, Mowing, Nitrogen, Nutrients, Phosphorus, Rain, Retention Ponds, Rivers, Stormwater, Stormwater Ponds, Urban, Urban Ecology
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Soil and Water Sciences alumna’s job revolves around phosphorus

December 18, 2020

Sue Newman, a 1991 Soil and Water Sciences Ph.D. alumna, reflects on her time at UF and her career at the South Florida Water Management District. As a scientist with SFWMD, she has focused on restoring the Everglades for nearly 30 years. Specifically, ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: Florida Everglades, Phosphorus, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department, Sue Newman
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Sustainable wastewater phosphorus recovery: keeping the P local

September 29, 2020

In a recent study, researchers at the UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department (SWSD) demonstrated that small wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) can benefit from struvite recovery. This method lowers phosphorus (P) output and conserves an ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: Ann Wilkie, Eutrophication, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department
cattle grazing at sunrise

UF/IFAS researcher surveying Florida cow-calf producers and land managers

July 17, 2020

A UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department researcher is seeking cow-calf operations in Florida to be part of a survey. Dr. Maria Silveira is leading the effort. The goal is to understand phosphorus balances and budgets in the state of Florida. “This ... READ MORE

Category: Farm Management, Livestock, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Cattle, Maria Silveira, Phosphorus, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department

Research indicates crop-available legacy phosphorus could fertilize crops while saving farmers money

May 26, 2020

Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFSAS) report soil legacy phosphorus could be enough to fertilize crops – at least for a planting season or two. Using the abundance of this common fertilizer ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Fertilizer, Phosphorus, Soil And Water Sciences, Soil And Water Sciences Department, Vimala Nair
guy spreading fertilizer

Orange County’s Fertilizer Ordinance – Summer Reminders

July 31, 2018

Fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus may not be applied in Orange County from June 1 through September 30, unless the commercial applicator is GI-BMP certified or has the Limited Commercial Fertilizer Applicator license. Commercial applicators ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: Cflandscapes, Fertilizer, Fertilizer Ordinance, Nitrogen, Orange County, Phosphorus
Phosphorus deficiency in corn.

Q: I want to do the right thing but I am concerned about not using any phosphorus on the lawn. How do I know if the lawn is deficient?

July 2, 2017

A: Nutrient deficiencies seldom occur alone and these deficiencies in plant material often look similar. It is therefore difficult to determine exactly which nutrient is lacking simply by looking at the grass blades or plant leaf. Some studies ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Lawn
Tags: Fertilizer, Nutrient Deficiencies, Phosphorus

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