Angie's List: Tips for finding a good lawn care company

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The quest for a lush, green lawn takes a lot of work and involves more than just mowing.

Angie's List has tips for treating your lawn.

Lots of companies leave a little flag in your yard, but it can be hard to tell if the work was really done.

"When it comes to lawn care you typically aren't even home as a consumer when the job is done," says Angie's Lists', Angie Hicks. "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."

Lawn Care Contractor Marcus Hoone helps you spot the tiny fertilizer remnants you should see on your lawn.

"Fertilizer granules are usually white or yellow, sometimes they can be a purple or aqua color, but typically white or yellow are the ones you are going to see usually. The size usually about cat litter, so that is what you are looking for when you look for the granules along the edges."

You should also see spreader tracks in your grass. If you have your lawn sprayed for weeds, the weeds should curl up in about a week or two. You want to find a company that is reputable.

"When hiring a lawn care company get at least three estimates, they should be estimates at your home where they evaluate your yard," says Hicks. "You should get a written document of what is going to be done on each application and be there for the first couple of applications so you can ask questions and learn how to best take care of your lawn."

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