Nitrogen Blackout Mandated By SWFWMD a Success and a Failure


By Rick Orr 10/10/2011
Highway Sign Fertilizer Ban with Writing :This i a Lie
It is a Nitrogen Blackout Not a Fertilizer Ban

Epic Failure by SWFWMD

The overreaching mandate for a nitrogen blackout by SWFWMD was a failure. But to SWFWMD, a failure is success. They successfully stopped people from displaying, selling and using nitrogen fertilizers on their lawns and landscape. The failure is the same overreaching mandate resulted in fewer homeowners willing to cultivate turf for lawns which increased the bare soil in Pinellas County.

Bare Soils Bring More Pollution

Bare soils are the source of dust and pollen. Bare soil is easily eroded. More dust, more pollen and more erosion increases the nutrients moving into our surrounding waters. And now the blackout is over, there is a rush to overdose our soils with excess nitrogen in an effort to compensate for the blackout.

Turf is Pollution Control

Turf is pollution control for the urban environment – a natural biological filter and erosion control. It reduces dust, pollen and erosion, purifies our air and filters rainwater. The good news is I did not become discouraged and I had great success with lawns all over the county.

Ask a Pro

Unlike SWFWMD, I want to see more turf in Pinellas. I have advanced products and techniques to keep your lawn healthy and thriving and still comply with the nitrogen blackout. If you need help – before you overdose the soil with nitrogen – ask a professional lawn spraying company for a free quote.

Rick Orr Owner-Operator APL Pest Control/Creator of ILOVETURF.COM
APL Pest Control

Rick Orr is the creator of, Owner/Operator of APL Pest Control and a graduate from VA Tech in Agronomy (Turf Ecology).  

Since 1980, Rick worked in the green industry, mostly with golf courses, resorts and large communities. Rick worked as a Golf Course Superintendent of Fripp Island Resort, agronomist for Seaside, FL and the spray tech for Vinoy Golf Course. Rick has been certified as an arborist, landscape and irrigation contractor and adjunct professor for Environmental Horticulture (SPC) in Pinellas County.  

Home Pest Control came naturally. Entomology (bug science) was part of agronomy studies. Nearly every indoor pest problem starts outdoors. Crossing over to home pest control from lawn spraying was a natural process – the technology, methods and materials used for home pest control are modifications of the ones used for lawn spraying. 

The results of that work is a one of the top rated pest control companies in Pinellas County – APL Pest Control. APL Pest Control is a family owned business serving residential and commercial properties in Pinellas County, FL. 

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Speaking Engagements - Does it seem like you are only hearing one side of water restrictions, fertilizer bans, plant restrictions, and many other urban landscape hot topics? Rick Orr is available for speaking engagements for your HOA, Community or Professional Association or Garden Club about a variety of subjects. To contact Rick you can find him on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram for booking information.