Skip to main content

Fertilizer Applicator Training Offerred

Spreader with required deflection shield keeping fertilizer off pavement

Fertilizers 101 is a program designed for fertilizer applicators and landscape professionals with a focus on fertilizer types, release mechanisms, timing, application methods, and impact on the environment and the health of landscapes. During this program attendees will:

  • Be introduced to waterbody designated purposes and how pesticides and fertilizers impact the environment.
  • Understand that proper use of fertilizers promote plant health, but also correct timing and amounts of fertilizer are important to reduce pest pressures.
  • Recognize the difference between nutrient deficiency and pest issues.
  • Review local restrictions and which fertilizers can be used during blackouts in conjunction with a pesticide spray program.
  • Compare the pertinent information on fertilizer labels and how they differ from pesticide labels.
  • Calculate the proper amount of fertilizer to apply.
  • Understand the different types of fertilizers and the release mechanisms.
  • Understand how to calibrate equipment and make uniform applications

Fertilizers 101 will be offered this fall at the UF/IFAS Extension Office located at 5339 County Road 579 in Seffner, FL.

For a schedule of classes at UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County:

For more information contact Susie Haddock at (813)744-5519 ext. 54103 or email: or visit the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County ProHort website at:

Hillsborough County Extension is a cooperative service of Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and the University of Florida. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution.