(WGGB) — The quest for a lush, green lawn takes a lot of work and involves more than just mowing.
When it comes to lawn care, many homeowners do it themselves, while others hire a company to do it for them.
More often than not, you aren’t even home when the job is done, so you want to be sure you use a good company with a good reputation that knows what they are doing.
“It’s going to be a long-term relationship. A beautiful lawn is not made overnight, so you want to establish a relationship with a reputable company,” says Angie Hicks from Angie’s List.
When hiring a lawn care company, get at least three estimates. They should be estimates at your home where they evaluate your yard.
Get a written document of what is going to be done on each application and be there for the first couple, so you can ask questions and learn how to best take care of your lawn.
So when you hire someone, other than seeing the little flag in your yard, how can you be sure the company is applying the treatment?
Marcus Hoone/Lawn Care Contractor:
“Fertilizer granules color 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,” adds Marcus Hoone, a lawn care contractor.
You’ll also notice spreader tracks in the grass.
If you have your lawn sprayed for weeds, the weeds should curl up in about a week or two.
Fertilizer adds nitrogen to your lawn, but if you add too much, it can actually dry it out and kill it.
You’ll be able to tell if you over-fertilized if you notice yellow or brown spots where the grass has died, and be careful using pesticides – check the ingredients.
Some can be very harsh on a lawn and cause damage.