Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
8:04 pm EDT
Sat, July 11, 2020

Keep lake beautiful urges residents to keep a “lake friendly lawn”

This fall, Keep Lake Beautiful (KLB) is urging Lake County residents to take the Keep Lake Beautiful Pledge. This year-long campaign is funded by a $24K grant from the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection, according to a press release. The campaign’s goal is to raise awareness about nutrient pollution in order to protect Lake County’s water bodies.

If residents would like to take the pledge they can visit and fill out their name and location. Taking the pledge promises that the resident will maintain a “lake friendly lawn” by following the county’s Fertilizer Ordinance. 

Pledges who plan to apply fertilizer must use a 50% slow release nitrogen fertilizer, and keep application a minimum of 15 feet away from any bodies of water. Excess fertilizer must also be cleaned up from any sidewalks, roads or driveways. 

Residents taking the pledge must also agree to educate themselves and others on nutrient pollution and Lake County’s Fertilizer Ordinance, and engage the community to help beautify Lake County. Once taking the pledge residents will receive a pledge certificate from Keep Lake Beautiful (KLB) via email. 

KLB aims to lead the way to a cleaner and more beautiful Lake County by encouraging and engaging citizens and community participation. KLB is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit agency that focuses on building and maintaining vibrant communities. 

Residents and community organizations with an interest in beautifying public spaces in Lake County that would like to know more about events organized by KLB may contact the Keep Lake Beautiful office at or call them at 352-253-1660.