Be sure to check on lawn service companies

Seeding, watering, mowing -- you know the drill, but there's more to a lush green lawn than meets the eye.

Denise Wallace was feeling mowed down, so she hired a lawn care company to take care of the weeds.

"The weeds would never go away," she said.

Unsatisfied, Wallace turned to Angie's List for help.

"You want to be sure you have a good company that knows what they are doing," said Angie Hicks, of Angie's List.

How do you know the company you hired is actually doing the work? First, look for little flags in your yard, then evidence of yard work.

"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," said Marcus Hoone, a lawn care contractor.

You should also see spreader tracks in the grass, and after a week, you should see curled up, dying weeds.

"A beautiful lawn is not made overnight, so you want to establish a relationship with a reputable company," Hicks said.

If you start to see yellow or brown spots in your lawn, you could be over-fertilizing.

Be careful with pesticides. Some chemicals can be hard on your lawn and your family.

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