Help Maitland’s Lakes - Fertilize Your Yard Responsibly

Maintaining a nice yard can require a lot of work - not a lot of fertilizer.

Most fertilizers contain nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus. When used in excess, these nutrients can wash away during rain storms and flow into public stormwater collection systems. The polluted runoff can have tremendously harmful impacts to the water in Maitland’s scenic lakes.

Always use fertilizers minimally. No fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus may be applied to residential lawns in Maitland from June 1 through September 30.

Residential applicators must have annual proof of training via completion of Orange County’s
online Citizen Fertilizer Course. Commercial applicators must have a valid FDACS Limited Fertilizer Applicator's License or proof of completion of Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) within the previous 3 years.

Golf courses, bona-fide agricultural operation and sports fields are exempt from the ordinance.

Fertilizer rules:

  • All areas of property covered by lawn, turf and landscape plants are subject to the city ordinance.

  • Fertilizers containing phosphorus are prohibited unless soil test shows deficiency.

  • Fertilizers containing nitrogen applied in Maitland must contain 50 percent slow release nitrogen, until 65 percent slow-release becomes available (expected by July 2020).

  • Deflector shields must be in place when broadcast spreaders are used next to streets, inlets, ditches, conveyances and waterways.

  • No fertilizer or grass clippings shall be deposited on streets, driveways or in storm drains.

  • No fertilizer can be applied within 15 feet from waterways.

  • Application sites must maintain a 10-foot low maintenance zone – planted area with no fertilizing, mowing or maintenance – adjacent to water bodies.

  • No fertilizer shall be applied when the National Weather Service issues any advisory for severe thunderstorm, flood, tropical storm or hurricane.


Contact Us:

John Bryant
Lakes Management Coordinator
City of Maitland Public Works Department
1827 Fennell Street
Maitland, FL, 32751
(407) 539-6252

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