Naples, Florida bans fertilizer. It’s a headline Floridians have read before. This year, Naples, Florida has banned lawn fertilizer during the rainy season once again, but will this fertilizer ban fix the problem?
When fertilizer carried by rain runoff into canals and streams seems to be feeding red tide and toxic algae, the solution seems simple.
Ban the fertilizers carried by the rain.
In other words, don’t put fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorous on the ground during Florida’s highly predictable rainy season. But simple doesn’t always equate to correct, and there’s serious debate about whether such a ban is effective.
At the very least, a fertilizer ban would keep the nutrients out of the waterways for part of the year. That must be a good thing, right? The word counter-intuitive keeps popping up.
Last week, a majority of Naples City Council members agreed to reinstate a rainy season fertilizer ban for lawns. They did so even though their natural resources manager, Stephanie Molloy, told them science doesn’t support it.
The science does, however, support switching to a natural fertilizer, one that does not produce any runoff. xVital, our liquid nitrate fertilizer, makes it easy for plants to absorb its nitrate ions. Thus, there is no excess nitrate left in the soil for rainwater to wash into water resources. In addition, our fertilizer is ecofriendly, created in a completely all-natural way. Our probe mimics the earth’s natural nitrate formation process, leaving out the salts and chemicals other nitrate fertilizers possess. You can read more about how it works here!