Pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers should be applied sparingly, not exceeding manufacturer’s directions. When handling potential harmful materials such as fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides, use efficient and safe storage and cleanup methods. Fertilizer management involves control of the rate, timing, and method of application to minimize the chance of polluting surface water or groundwater. Always store in a dry area free from rainfall.
Water Quality and You
As stormwater flows over lawns and gardens, or in areas where these products are stored or disposed of, it can pick up these chemicals which will then flow into local canals, lakes, rivers, and eventually the ocean and groundwater aquifers that supply our drinking water. Excessive applications of these concentrated nutrients washed into waterways can lead to algal blooms that kill fish and wildlife.
To dispose of unused, leftover, or unwanted pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers, bring them to the free Broward County North Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off site at 2780 N Powerline Road, Pompano Beach (Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). More information can be found at: https://www.broward.org/WasteAndRecycling/WasteDisposal/Pages/HouseholdHazardousWaste.aspx.
Florida-friendly landscapes (FFL) help to reduce the need for pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers by encouraging residents and business owners to create and maintain beautiful yards using research-based, environmentally-sustainable landscaping practices. Proper implementation of the nine FFL principles in your yard will protect the natural environment around us for future generations to enjoy. More information can be found at: https://ffl.ifas.ufl.edu/ or by contacting the Broward County extension office at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 954-756-8550.