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Some good & bad. Fertilizer bans

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by junglegal, Feb 22, 2011.

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  1. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    Good - Local nursery had freckles

    Bad: Local big box stores no longer carry any palm & tropicals fert. Pinellas county passed an ordinance that makes it illegal to use fert during the rainy season. They've already cleaned their shelves!!
    I will have to scour local nurseries for left overs (most around here do not carry slow release) and hope they can't afford to abide so soon before June when the ban is supposed to take affect.
    I'll be driving over the bridge to Tampa soon to buy my fert (short lived, they are supposed to ban fert too)
    Pissed because they exempted golf courses from this ban. I am not on water and use slow release twice yearly. Who else is dealing with this?

    School me if there are other 'organic' additives for our sugar sand in FL
    http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/local/pinellas-commission-passes-fertilizer-ban-6-1/1066731
     
  2. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Got two bags of 8-2-10, controlled release at Lowe's on 22nd St, N in St. Pete a few days ago. Already spread it throughout the yard.
     
  3. Judy Glock

    Judy Glock Active Member

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    Big brother is watching us. Do you know that the folks from California have to drive to Nevada to purchase detergent for their dishwashers! That is because California banned phosphates in thier detergents for dishwashers. Guess what? The detergents in California does not get the dishes clean, hence the trips to Nevada. When will big brother get off our backs?
    (Jim).

    PS I type better than Judy; she is just a "hunt & pecker":)
     
  4. palmisland

    palmisland Well-Known Member

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    Pretty soon it's going to be...... Hey, I got a friend, who has a friend, that knows a guy, whose neighbor can get you a bag of the good stuff. You know, some pure 8-2-12. But it's gonna cost you!:D
     
  5. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    I'm going to see if Lowes is still carrying it.

    Palmisland, that's pretty funny but you know, eventually it is going to be like that LOL. Bags of fert will go for big bucks at our auctions :D
     
  6. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    And I forgot to mention that home depot still had bottles of nutricote on the shelves. The name they package it under escapes me but I've seen them in green, red and blue shaker bottles.
    I thought it was odd that they remained.
     
  7. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    They are controlled release!
     
  8. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    Yes but wasn't the bagged brand they carried control released too? White and pink bag for palms and tropicals. The guy told me they were no longer going to carry it. Is there a difference between controlled release and slow release?
     
  9. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Bren,

    Big Earth Landscape near the Fl. St.Fairgrounds carries slow release Nutricote. It's a bit of a drive but well worth it.

    Ray
     
  10. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Where are the closest cow pastures from Tampa/ St. Pete? Unless they have banned cows from pooping? :p
     
  11. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Before we come unglued over the so-called ferttilizer bans, a quick check with your local extension agent may provide some quantitative info sinstead of bad rumors, etc.

    Now, FWIW, Lowe's on 22nd N in St. Pete still had 8-2-12 with slow release nitrogen, 40# bags for under $20. Bought two more bags this morning.
    At the Kopsick Palm Arboretum, we have been using a Florikan 8-2-12+4Mg and minors, all 3 month controlled release form; the latest pallet load will be 8-0-12+4Mg and minors in 3 mo. controlled release. No big thing since most FL soils have more than enough P - think phosphate mines in Polk Cty. Anyone ever see a P deficiency?

    Onward through the fog...
     
  12. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    Thanks Phil, picked up a couple bags.

    Ray,
    Thanks for the tip, I will make a drive over
     

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