Franchise Business Review recently identified the top brands in all of franchising based on its annual survey of franchisees.

Weed Man Lawn Care ranked #2 in the service category, #3 in low cost franchise and #10 in overall franchise ranking.

The annual list has grown to include more than 150 companies spread out across three categories (small, medium, and large franchise businesses). In addition to providing the basis for its awards program, the annual survey gathers a considerable amount of data, as well as a unique view of franchising.

The 2012 "Guide to Today’s Top Franchises" takes a close look at that data. Franchise Business Review explores what concepts and franchise models are most popular in 2012, what’s involved from an investment and financing standpoint, what skills and attributes contribute to a franchisee’s success, and how franchisee satisfaction has fared in the past year.

The guide also provides a forecast on where the publication thinks franchising is going and identifies the top franchises based on its franchisee satisfaction research.