Going green: Invest in your lawn - For homeowner Denise Wallace, the grass really was greener on the other side of the fence. With the family's busy schedule, yard work was one of the last things on the list - and it was starting to show. So she decided to call in a pro. "We had a lawn care company come out to spray our lawn and make it more green, get rid of some weeds and try to build up the grass more and make it just look better. We've been in our house for 5 years and wanted to really improve the lawn more."
Experts say neglecting your lawn is the best way to kill it. Unlike trees and shrubs, that have deep roots, your turf really isn't that tough. A little TLC in the form of fertilizer and weed killer can go a long way toward giving you that lush emerald-green lawn you desire.
But not all lawn care companies are created equal. "When hiring a lawn care company get at least three estimates," said Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks. "They should be estimates at your home where they evaluate your yard. 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."
A lawn care company is a long-term relationship, adds Hicks. "A beautiful lawn is not made overnight so you want to establish a relationship with a reputable company." Angie's List offers these tips for hiring a high-quality fertilization & treatment service:
Angie's List asked highly rated lawn care companies about applying treatments to your lawn.