PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – 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, learn how to treat your lawn without getting mowed down.

Denise Wallace enjoys her yard, but she doesn’t have the time to keep up on maintenance. So, she hired a company to spray and take care of the weeds, but wasn’t fully satisfied with their 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,” Wallace said.

Fertilizing your lawn is worthwhile in any climate and it can help your lawn stay healthy.

But, other than seeing the little flag in your yard from your lawn company, how can you be sure they are applying the treatment?

“Fertilizer granules colors 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,” contractor Marcus Hoone said.

One thing to be careful of is that fertilizer adds nitrogen to your lawn. If you add too much, it can actually dry it out and kill it. Also, if you are having your lawn sprayed for weeds, the weeds should curl up within a week or two.

“When hiring a lawn care company get at least three estimates at your home where they evaluate your yard. You should be there for the first couple of applications so you can ask questions and learn how to best take care of your lawn,” Angie Hicks from Angie’s List said.

Be careful using pesticides as some can be very harsh, which can cause damage to your lawn.


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