BILLINGS - The quest for a lush, green lawn takes a lot of work and involves more than just mowing. In today's Angie's List report, how you can treat your lawn without getting mowed down.
"We've been in our house for 5 years and wanted to really improve the lawn more," said Denise Wallace, a homeowner.
Denise Wallace enjoys her yard, but she didn't have the time to keep up on lawn maintenance, so she hired a company to spray and take care of the weeds.
But, she wasn't fully satisfied with the work.
"We never really actually saw them spray the yard. There would just be a little sign in the yard that said they had done the spraying, and on the yard itself the weeds would be brown at the tip but they would never go away."
Fertilizing your lawn is worthwhile and can help your grass stay healthy.
But, other than seeing the little flag in your yard, how can you be sure the company is applying the treatment?
"Fertilizer granules look white or yellow are the ones you are going to see usually," said Marcus Hoone, a lawn care contractor. "The size usually about cat litter, so that is what you are looking for when you look for the granules along the edges."
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.
Like all businesses, get their at home estimates and get written documentation of what will and won't be done on each application.
"When hiring a lawn care company to work on your lawn it's going to be a long-term relationship," the founder of Angie's List, Angie Hicks, added. "A beautiful lawn is not made overnight so you want to establish a relationship with a reputable company."
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.