Irony was one of Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling’s strong suits. Back in July 1930, his “The extreme perversity of nature” political cartoon foreshadowed the inanity of fertilizing that still persists today. The punch line: “Your highly fertilized lawn – sodded, watered, mowed, raked, and petted, manages to resemble the Sahara Desert, while your concrete and crushed rock driveway blossoms & thrives with vegetation like the Garden of Eden!” A reminder to us all today: Don’t feed algae blooms, especially during summer’s rainy season. Sanibel regulations prohibit the application of fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorus from July 1 through Sept. 30.
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