NORTH COUNTY The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department has issued a warning after receiving multiple reports of door to door solicitations for the service of “fertilization and aeration” of lawns in northern Santa Barbara County.
In one reported instance, an elderly homeowner agreed to hire the crew to fertilize her lawn, but was instead left with a large pile of manure and a request for payment far exceeding the original estimate, said Lt. Erik Raney, sheriff’s spokesman.
Members of the public are reminded to be cautious when approached for unsolicited work or services.
“To avoid falling victim to scammers, homeowners in need of repairs or services should contact a licensed contractor directly,” Lt. Raney said. “Ask for references, and check those references prior to agreeing to work. Always request a written estimate, and remember the California law requires that any job estimated over $500 requires a contractor’s license.”