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Protecting Florida's Waters

Looking at a map of Florida, it's easy to see that our state is covered with a network of springs, lakes, and streams. Even if you don't live on the water, what you do in your landscape can affect Florida's water bodies.

That's because water that runs off or filters through your landscape can carry excess fertilizers and pesticides into our water system. You can help protect Florida's waters by following these simple Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ practices.

When you fertilize, always do so responsibly. Consider using slow-release products, apply them at the proper rates, and always clean up any spills.

Never dump old pesticides or fertilizers down the drain. Dispose of them safely by bringing them to a household hazardous waste collection site.

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