Here’s how you can help the environment:

  • Plant native or Florida-friendly plants – they require less maintenance and less water. Consult the Florida Friendly Plant Guide (https://ffl.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/)
  • Reduce the amount of sod. Sod requires more water, fertilizers and pesticides than native or Florida friendly plants. 

 

Irrigation

IrrigationIrrigate only as much as needed and never more than two times per week. Did you know in Estero (and Lee County) it is against the law to irrigate your lawn more than twice per week?

Year-round water restrictions:

  • Odd number addresses – Wednesday and/or Saturday
  • Even number addresses – Thursday and/or Sunday
  • Midnight to 9 a.m. or 5 p.m. to midnight only

 

Fertilizer

  • Only fertilize when needed.
  • No Nitrogen or phosphorus containing fertilizers June through October

Several communities in Estero use reclaimed water for irrigation. Reclaimed water has higher levels of nutrients than other irrigation sources. Over-irrigation in these communities not only wastes water but also discharges nutrients. This can contribute to pond algal blooms and polluting the Estero River and Estero Bay.

Please consider the nutrients in your irrigation water before adding any fertilizers.  Adding too much is a waste of money and contributes to water pollution. Lee County Utilities and Bonita Springs Utilities provides West Bay Club, Pelican Sound, The Vines, Country Creek, Stoneybrook, Grandezza, The Preserve at Corkscrew and The Brooks reclaimed water for irrigation. 

 

Ponds

PondsIf you are having issues with your ponds, determine the cause instead of managing the symptoms. Adding algaecides and other chemicals can damage your pond by killing good and bad organisms. 

Allow native vegetation to grow along the pond’s edge, to improve the health of your pond. Set aside at least a 10-foot low maintenance zone with no mowing, fertilizers or pesticides. Plant native plants and remove any exotic plants. Manicured grass up to the pond’s edge will make your pond less resilient.     

Check pond outfall structures at least annually for any damage or built-up debris. Maintain as needed to help reduce the potential for flooding.  

 

Septic Tanks

Regularly inspect tanks and drain fields to make sure they are functioning appropriately. Conserve water as much as possible. Less water allows septic tanks to provide better treatment. Spread high water use (i.e. washing machine) throughout the week. High uses will overload the septic tank, allowing less treatment and more pollution. 

Septic Tank is not a trash can. Waste that can go in the trash should.  

Don’t pour oil, grease, or chemicals down the drain. They can kill the bacteria in the septic tank, allowing more pollutants to leave the tank. 

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