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Angie's List: The Best Way to Care For your Lawn


Roses are red, violets are blue and grass is green...well supposed to be anyways.

Unfortunately, having that lush green lawn cannot always be done without some professional help.

From seeding, to feeding and don't forget weeding - lawn care takes a lot of time and energy, so if you want to make your neighbors green with envy as they pass by your lawn but don't want to do the work yourself it is time to find a lawn care service.

"Well the reason why we decided to hire a lawn care company is because my husband owns his own company and he is quite busy at that so we thought they could come out and treat our yard and make it look better," said homeowner Denise Wallace.

A lawn care service can help give your lawn the care it needs, but shopping for the right business does come with some risks.

"When it comes to lawn care you typically aren't even home as a consumer when the job is done so unfortunately we hear horror stories where the company didn't actually do what they said they were going to do or they actually damaged the lawn so you want to be sure you have a good company that knows what they are doing," said Angie Hicks of Angie's List.

To insure that the business you hired is doing the job you asked for, there are a few ways you can check up on them.

"The first being in the corner of the yard and an invoice on the front door. The second would be spreader tracks in the yard. The third would be granules of fertilizer, usually you can see them along the edges of the yard and the fourth would be look at any weeds that are in the yard and see in about a week or so they should be curling up and dying," said Marcus Hoone, a lawn care contractor.

If the process of hiring a lawn care service just seems like too mich work, there are some simple things homeowners can do to keep their lawn healthy.

"A couple of mistakes that I see when homeowners treat their own lawn are they use the wrong type of weed control. Either they don't get good control or they kill granular product either the spacing is too close or not close enough. If it's not close enough you'll get striping where there are dark green stripes and light green stripes. And if it's too close you can burn the grass and kill it," said Hoone.


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