Most if not all of our lakes in Michigan and throughout the U.S. are suffering from overgrowth of weeds and algae. Recently it has been discovered this can be traced back to lawn fertilizer (and run-off) that is too high in phosphorus. If you live on Duck Lake, White Lake, or any of our local lakes, you probably enjoy having a lush green lawn. Maybe you hire Chem-Lawn or spread your own fertilizer. PLEASE take the time to be sure your company or fertilizer uses NO PHOSPHORUS. It has been directly linked to poor water quality, algae blooms and overgrowth of lake weeds. Michigan already has soil rich in phosphorus and there is no need to overload your lawn with it, even for newly seeded lawns. Google up fertlizer and phosphorus and you can find a ton of information. One pound of phosphorous creates 500 pounds of algae! So for a healthier lawn that is lake friendly, keep the lawn height at 3", use low to no phosphorus, and use 50% slow-release nitrogen. In addition, minimize the use of pesticides and your lawn and lake will be happier. There is an excellent website with more information at: www.healthylandscapes.com with specific details. So as you get ready for spring, help protect your lake and SAY NO TO PHOSPHOROUS!