Trugreen before and after

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As spring approaches, thoughts turn to maintaining your lawn and getting it off on the right foot. For many, this begins with a lawn care fertilizing service from a local lawn care company. Early spring is the advertising peak for lawn care companies, with most promoting their services with a special offer. For consumers weighing their options, it’s important to know which offers are good, and which are too good to be true. In today’s blog we’ll take a look at the TruGreen $29.99 Application offer, and how it may just be too good to be true.

TruGreen’s $29.99 Application Offer

For some of you, you’ve already received the mail piece this late winter from TruGreen promoting their $29.99 application offer. This offer from TruGreen offers the first application of 2014 at the low price of $29.99. While this, or any offer, may seem good, it’s always best to read the fine print. So below, we’ll outline the good and the “not so” good aspects of this offer from the national giant.

The Good

  • For Those That Qualify, It’s Really $29.99 – Unlike some offers that say one thing than do another, TruGreen really only charges you $29.99 for your first application, which is refreshing in this day and age. The only caveat is that you have to meet their requirements to receive this pricing.
  • National Brand That’s Been Around – Ok, so this isn’t on the advertising, however I thought it was important to bring up. TruGreen is a respected National lawn care company that has been around since 1973. That type of stability is important when weighing options.

The “Not So” Good

  • Applies to Only 5,000 Sqft (Most Lawns 8,000 or More) – One of the biggest caveats in this offer is that the $29.99 only applies for those lawns that are 5,000 square feet or under. So if your treatable property is larger than 50 x 100 feet, you will have to pay regular prices. With most Ohio lawns averaging 8,000 to 10,000 square feet, this quickly eliminates a majority of home owners.
  • First Application, and New Customers ONLY – While this may seem pretty obvious, some people incorrectly assume that their applications for the entire season will be set at $29.99. If you do meet all the requirements for this offer, your pricing will go back to normal for your remaining applications.
  • Requires Purchase of an Annual Plan – To take advantage of this offer, you must choose one of TruGreen’s annual care plans. With three different plans to choose from, each plan contains six fertilizer applications with a variation of additional services.
  • Only For Consumers Who Use Easy-Pay or Pre-Pay – Securing your $29.99 application price will also require you to pre-pay for the annual lawn care program up front, or set up an automatic easy-pay program through your credit card.

Weighing Clever Advertising Versus Real Value

While at face value advertisements may make a lawn care company seem more attractive, their true worth is demonstrated by the end results. If your a consumer looking to hire a lawn care company there are several key things that will separate the great companies from those that rely on clever advertising to sell product. That’s why we’ve put together a step-by-step guide on what you need to look for when hiring a lawn care company. This “Ultimate Lawn Care Hiring Guide” is your’s absolutely free by clicking on the link below!

Shaun Kanary has been a part of the Green Industry for the past 15 years. As the Director of Marketing for Weed Pro Lawn Care, a Cleveland and Columbus Lawn Care Service Provider, Shaun is a regular contributor to the Weed Pro Blog, and other industry magazine and blogs.
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You may have received an offer from Trugreen, promoting a first application at $29.99. While this offer seems good, it’s always smart to check out the fine print. We take a look below.

The good:

If you qualify, it’s really $29.99. Have you ever had a price quoted to you only to have it changed once the service was complete? Frustrating, isn’t it? That’s not the case with this offer. It really is $29.99 if you meet the qualifications.

It’s a respected brand. This doesn’t really have anything to do with the ad itself, but it does help that the brand offering the service is well-respected—something you always want to consider when choosing a lawn care service.

The not-so-good:

It applies to smaller lawns. The ad states it applies to lawns 5,000 square feet or less. Most lawns are at least 8,000 square feet.

The offer is only good for a first-time application and new customers. This bit of information can sometimes be overlooked by eager consumers. If you don’t meet all the qualifications, your pricing will go back to normal.

To take advantage of the plan, you have to purchase one of Trugreen’s annual plans. This includes six fertilizer applications with varied additional services.

Only for customers who use pre-pay or easy-pay. If you want the $29.99 deal, you have to pay for the entire annual plan of your choice first.

While an exciting advertisement can make a lawn company more attractive than its competitors, it’s important to read the fine print of the ad and weigh whether the offer is the right one for you.

Interested in other lawn care pricing? Check out our plans and pricing page.



Cost of DIY Lawn Care vs TruGreen

by Allyn Hane News

The Cost of DIY Lawn Care vs TruGreen

Detail/Math/Knowledge Level: Medium

  • I’m not picking on TruGreen. I am using them because everyone knows the name, and they are transparent with their pricing online too. That’s it. Don’t take it personally TG, I love all of the things you taught me when I hired and trained dominant sales teams for you. And kudos for offering transparent pricing online. Seriously.
  • I’m not saying TruGreen is bad. They serve a purpose but they are essentially my competition if you think about it. I want more homeowners to DIY so I can grow my audience. So in that vein, I am trying to take market share from them.
  • My primary goal, however, is to educate. In the end, some folks that read this may find they prefer to have a company like TG do their lawn, great.

Recently I’m seeing some folks say their DIY lawn care is becoming expensive. More expensive than when they had a company like TruGreen (TG) on retainer. This is an interesting perception and one I want to address.

Let’s look at the context. The primary reason DIY seems so expensive, and sometimes hiring TG doesn’t, is that with TG, they come out and spray only the exact amount of product needed that day and that is essentially all you pay for.
They shoulder the cost of buying in bulk and storing it, and you only pay for the amount of chemical used for your application – no more, no less.

Hiring A Pro – Advantages

This is one of the advantages a pro lawn service offers – convenience.
Whereas when you purchase your own products, you have to shoulder this cost. This is especially apparent in items like weed control concentrates that may last a homeowner for years. It’s not possible to purchase small enough amounts to just last 1 season, so you essentially have to make the investment for a few years, all up front.
Quick example to illustrate this point. (you know you love this math!!)
BlindSide Selective Herbicide
(one of the best all-around weed killers for warm season turf)
Product Weight: 8 oz (½ LB)
Cost: $103.00
Application Rate: .23 oz/1000
Bottle Covers: 34,780 sq ft
The Math is:
8 /.23 = 34.78
This tells you that with this rate you can cover 34,780 sq ft if you are blanket spraying weed control. If you have a 7,000 sq ft lawn, then you can get almost 5 full blanket sprays from that one bottle. (34.78/7 = 4.9)
The thing is, with this product, you shouldn’t need more than 2 blanket sprays a year anyway. So this bottle would then last you more than 2 years. Make sense?

If you haven’t already, go measure your lawn!
Cost wise, you can break it down into a “per 1,000” cost and visualize it that way. So if this bottle covers 34,780 sq ft then:
Cost per 1,000: $2.96
$103/34.7 = $2.96
If you have a 7,000 sq ft lawn, then each blanket spray will cost you $20.72
This is the math/thinking that will set the basis for the rest of this guide. Learn to love it… and call your high school math teacher and thank him or her for giving you the brain skills to understand this stuff.

That said, I have an AWESOME YouTube channel where I teach this stuff every week. Here is a video on choosing weed control from the local Home Depot.

And here is another video showing you how to spray your own lawn for weeds. This DIY Lawn Care thing is not so difficult if you educate yourself!

Hiring A Pro – Disadvantages

Now, there are disadvantages to hiring a pro; primary being that you see your lawn every day so if you are DIY then you can essentially be correcting problems every day in between your regular apps. This is why a homeowner lawn should always look better than a pro lawn (in theory) because you have the advantage of observation and early detection. You have round-the-clock intel whereas the pro only knows what he sees every 5 weeks.
Additionally, DIYers tend to be more conscious of the basics such as proper, consistent mowing with sharp blades and good irrigation.
Lastly, homeowners, I know you do it: you throw down hard. You get heavy handed with your fertilizer applications because it just feels good. I tell you to apply ¾ LB/N per 1,000 but you still have that extra half a bag left and so you go ahead and throw that down too, right along the strip between you and the neighbor’s house. You shouldn’t be doing that, but you do, and that is one of the reasons some DIY lawns look so dang dark – they are getting over applied.

I’m not telling you to over-apply and in fact, I think you should back it down when it comes to fertilizer (and all other things too). But the reality is, some people get carried away and their results are good — at least in the short term.

With that, we are going to compare the cost of TruGreen service for my lawn here in Florida vs a typical DIY plan. I submitted my info on TruGreen’s website and they gave me pricing right there. I would like to commend them for having that level of convenience and transparency available to customers.

For the more advanced among you, there are some variables here that I do not know. Those variables will make this test slightly not apple-to-apple. Those being:

  1. I don’t know what rates TG puts down fert (pounds on the ground, mostly nitrogen) and how many of their apps are strictly weed control spot sprays vs full on fert apps. I also don’t know how many pre-emergent apps they make or what product they use and rates.
  2. I’m in a summer fert blackout zone and I’m not confident their online system knows that. I’m not even sure it would matter anyway. That being said, we are moving forward as if I am NOT in a blackout zone and can throw’er down full fert early and often as I want.
  3. They have chinch bug control in there and maybe that would make up some of the summer apps, but also, it could be that I’m just paying for “peace of mind” here and that they won’t apply anything for chinch unless they see them. For my DIY plan comparison, we are spraying and praying no matter what.

With this in mind, let’s build and cost out a very basic DIY lawn program that would work for my lawn here in Florida, but really, could work for any lawn. It’s also not the same as my more custom Hybrid Organic warm season lawn plan.
The plan in this free guide is primarily designed to cost compare in a general sense. However, there is a video that goes along with this ebook on my channel and it will throw more light on things for you for sure. If you are looking for a real, season-long plan, I do encourage you to pick up either my warm season or cool season guide at the store.

TruHealth Plan

With TruGreen’s options, I chose the TruHealth program with no aeration and lime. Just give me the fert, weed control and some insect stuff and I’m pretty good here in Florida.
Now, the prices I got from Trugreen were based on them guessing I have 7000 sq ft. I actually have 10K but to keep all the math consistent here, we are going to pretend my lawn is 7000 sq ft. (Measure your own lawn if you have not already. Learn your land!)
In their program, TG will perform 10 services per year and the cost is $645 if I do “pay as you go” with auto-billing on my credit card. Here again, I commend TG for offering this auto-pay feature. Convenience is one of their advantages over their smaller competitors. Making the transaction process frictionless is extremely important. Even with me just submitting info for intel here, I’ve been impressed by the user experience on their website and subsequent email follow-ups. Kudos TG team.
Point here of clarification: With TruGreen, I know I’m getting 10 service visits at a cost of $64.50 each. I know those applications will consist of some combination of:

  • Fertilizer
  • Weed control (pre- or post-emergent)
  • Chinch bug prevention or control

Keep in mind that you don’t get ALL of those with every application. Some apps may have only fertilizer. Another one may just be a zone spray for weeds and an inspection. Still yet again, another app might have full fert, pre-emergent and insect control, all mixed together. We just don’t know, so keep that in mind once again when you compare.
By the way: this is yet another advantage TG has – they can “tank mix” several products together and get them down very quickly (and cheaply) if they know blanket sprays are warranted. Having truck-mounted spray units is an advantage for sure.
So when I build my DIY plan below, I’m going to use these same parameters – where we will sometimes perform multiple apps on the same day. Let’s get after it:

DIY Products:

Granular Fertilizer:
Milorganite Organic Nitrogen (we love Milo)
Product Weight: 36 lbs
Cost Per Bag: $12.00 (you can get it much cheaper but this is what I pay here)
Application Rate: 10lbs/1000 (delivers .6LB/N per 1,000 sq ft)
Bag Covers: 3,600 sq ft
Cost Per 1,000: $3.33
Bags Needed for 7,000 Sq Ft: 1.94 for each application
(just use 2 bags and you’re good, make the math easy – watch this for math fun)
App Cost: $24.00
# of Apps per Year: 7
This is a nicely aggressive amount of nitrogen for a warm season lawn. It will deliver 4.2LBs nitrogen per 1000 for the year. I’m pretty sure most universities recommend a little less than that for St Augustinegrass. It would work good for fescue and KBG too if you wanted to be super nutty. EIther way, with 7 of these applications per year, your annual fertilizer cost on a 7,000 sq ft lawn is: $168.00
Post-Emergent Selective Weed Control: (warm season turf only)
Blindside Herbicide
Product Weight: 8 oz (½ LB)
Cost: $103.00
Application Rate: .23 oz/1000
Bottle Covers: 34,780 sq ft
Cost per 1,000: $2.96
Blanket Spray App Cost 7,000 sq ft lawn: $20.72
I’m going to be generous and say you need the equivalent of 2 full blanket apps this year. It could be a combination of a full blanket app and then multiple zone apps for certain targets like nutsedge.
Either way, over the course of the year, you will spray 14,000 sq ft with Blindside. It’s a professional weed control and it will get pretty much anything you could face in a St Augustine lawn. Remember, we will have a strong pre-emergent game here too.
With this in mind, your annual cost for broadleaf weed control is: $41.44

NOTE: this article is a little older, I am nowdays recommending Celsius Herbicide for warm season turf. It’s a little easier on St Aug and Centipede. Also, I found a great weed control for warm season turf at my local Home Depot, video here.)

Cool Season Turf – I have a complete guide for you too – tells you what weed control to get, and where to get it, easy.

Pre-Emergent Herbicide Granule -prodiamine.
Annual Cost: $37.10

(2 spring applications assumed)

Pennant Magnum Liquid Concentrate – recommended mostly for South Florida warm season turf.
Product Volume: 128 oz / 3,785 ml
Cost: $224.00
Application Rate: 28 ml / 1000 sq ft
Bottle Covers: 135,178 sq ft
Cost per 1,000: $1.65
Blanket Spray App Cost 7,000 sq ft lawn: $11.55
# of Apps per Year: 1
The Pennant Magnum seems expensive, it’s $224 for a 128oz jug. But keep in mind, we only need milliliters here to mix. There are 3,785 ml in that jug. We only do one app of this per year. It’s designed to suppress nutsedge but also works great on signalgrass, sand bur, and grabgrass too.
Annual Cost: $11.55

Chinch Bug Control:

Bayer Advanced Complete Insect Killer (hose end)
The good thing about this product is that you can first off, get it at any Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ace or Menards. Secondly, hose end sprayers like this are no fuss and easy to use. It’s also pretty damn fun to go out and spray and pray like a fireman on his first structure fire. Hose management is key!
This Bayer product is also easy to store if you have leftover. But most of all, it is going to do a lot more than just kill chinch bugs. The two actives in here (Imidacloprid and Beta-cyfluthrin) work in tandem to prevent grubs and even suppress mole crickets. They will also kill mosquitos in the lawn and can be used as perimeter pest control around your house. It’s a good combo and cheap. For our purposes here, we are using this on our 7,000 sq ft lawn just like the other products.
Product Volume: 32 oz
Cost: $10 (this is what they cost at my local Ace Hardware)
Bottle Covers: 5,334 sq ft
Cost per 1,000: $1.88
Blanket Spray App Cost 7,000 sq ft lawn: $13.16
# of Apps per Year: 2
# Bottles Needed per Year: 2.6
Just get 3 bottles and you will have some leftover. This is what you can use for your perimeter pest control through your landscapes beds and foundation.
Annual Cost to Control Mostly All Insects: $26.32

Are you still with me here? That is a lot of heavy math and boy or boy is it exciting! Remember, repetition is the key to learning so go back up there and work that math yourself until you understand it. There is no need to be a victim of your lawn care strategy any longer. It’s your money, spend it wisely! Let’s review:

Total: $284.41
TruGreen Plan Cost: $645.53

So there you go. As you can see, there are significant savings to the DIYer, but you do have to sometimes invest in more than you need for a single season. Also, keep in mind, this plan is very simple and doesn’t include any fungicides that may be needed throughout the year. It also doesn’t include any joo-joo like the RGS/Humic products or our new hopped up liquid fertilizer, Greene Punch 18-0-1 that contains the RGS and Humics with a powerful, fast greening nitrogen. All in a fun-to-spray-and-pray liquid concentrate form. How’s that for the ending pitch?
I hope you’ve learned something here today my friends. That’s really what these guides are all about – getting you to think in different terms so your lawn strategy is always evolving.
I’ll see you in the lawn.


TruGreen Services and Prices: How Do They Compare?

February 7, 2019

With so many options, it can be a challenge to select the right lawn care company. We took a look at Trugreen services and prices to help you decide if this national franchise is the right choice for you.

TruGreen Services

TruGreen offers fertilization, weed control, aeration, and lawn disease, and insect control. Like Green Lawn Fertilizing, they do not offer landscaping services.

TruGreen Prices

Like most service-based offerings, TruGreen charges based on the scope of the project taking into consideration the size of your lawn, so what it costs you will not necessarily be the same price as the neighbor down the street.

We have great respect for TruGreen, and simply use them for our example because they have grown to be a household name. We encourage our customers and our potential customers to continue to do research on companies until they find one in their price range that offers the services they desire. You can find out what customers think about TruGreen here and Green Lawn Fertilizing here.

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The one positive recent review was pretty definitive in its support of the company:

“I’ve had one application done by TruGreen about 3 weeks ago. The lawn looks better now than in the six years I had these other imbeciles doing it. I know it’s early in the business relationship, but please keep up the good work.”

The company had 225 reviews on Yelp. Of those 225 reviews, 207 were one-star and seven were five-star. The company’s 10 most recent reviews were poor, with nine being one-star and one being four-star.

Common complaints were that company salespeople called persistently and had poor tact, constant no shows for treatments and consistent poor communication or miscommunications.

TruGreen fared much better on TrustPilot, where the company had an average rating of 3.75 stars out of five from more than 1,700 reviewers. The 10 most recent reviews were all five stars and each review praised the company for its customer service as well as the results they saw in their lawn.

What’s the Bottom Line About TruGreen?

We see some clear strengths and weakness with this company. First, we believe that their website is easy to use when it comes to purchasing a lawn plan. They provide a good amount of detail for each plan and lay out how many times someone will come to your house to check up on your lawn and apply treatments.

Also, they’re a relatively reputable company in the sense that they’re a lawn care provider for the PGA. We like that their return policy allows you to cancel any remaining treatments you haven’t used in the event that you aren’t satisfied with their ability to make your lawn look beautiful.

We believe the downside to the company is that there are thousands of negative reviews about their services, with many people complaining about the company’s inability to make their yard work better, missed appointments as well as high-pressure phone tactics.

If you’re undecided about choosing TruGreen, we suggest using the time-honored technique of getting quotes from multiple yard companies through a vetted site like HomeAdvisor or

You’ll be able to read customer reviews of the company and get multiple quotes pretty quickly. Compare these prices and the services to what you get with TruGreen, then make a decision that best fits your budget and your yard’s needs.


Lawn aeration is a process that will keep your lawn lush and healthy. The cost to aerate a lawn can vary. Discover the common cost to aerate your lawn so you can make the best decision possible when choosing your aeration method.

Lawn aeration is necessary when compacted soil is blocking out water and oxygen from penetrating the lower layers in your lawn. This leads to the grass not getting the nutrients it needs to be healthy. If you live in an area with clay soil, the chance of having too much compaction is greater because of the strong clay bonds underneath your lawn. On the contrary, if you live in an area with sandy soil your lawn is less likely to have compacted soil that will need to be aerated. Some other signs that you may need to aerate your lawn are weed growth, water pooling, and bare spots.

There are many methods you can use to aerate your lawn like DIY (doing it yourself) or going the professional lawn care route and hiring a lawn care company. After you do an assessment on the condition of your lawn, figure out what method may work for you. The costs vary, so here are some common costs to aerate your lawn. After reviewing these costs, you can better figure out what technique will work best for your lawn and your budget!

Cost to Aerate Lawn: DIY


When doing your lawn aeration yourself, you will need to prep your lawn for the process. This includes watering the lawn to allow the ground to be soft and easily penetrated, marking off the area that needs to be treated, and maybe picking up the yard. Those steps do not really have a monetary cost to them, just some time and work. The most effective way to aerate your lawn is to use core aeration method, because it removes plugs from the lawn and will not cause further compacted soil. The largest cost to aerate your lawn will be renting or buying the core aerator.


If your lawn is not large or you only have a small area that needs to be treated, you can buy a manual core aerator. The manual core aerator has two or three spikes, so it will take some hard work if you need to cover a larger area. These hand held core aerators can be found at any large home improvement hardware store for $25 to $30. There are core aerators that you can attached to the back of a lawn mower costing around $200 if you have a larger lawn.


Renting a core aerator machine will cost you about $60 for four hours or $90 for the whole day, according to Home Depot. Renting will most likely require a deposit in case of damage or late return, but the deposit is refunded as long as the machine is returned on time and in good shape. Another cost to aerate your lawn with renting a core aerator is transporting the rental. If you do not have a vehicle or trailer to transport the aerator, you may need to rent a trailer or recruit a friend or two to help with the transportation. A will cost you about $15 to $25 for the day, according to U-Haul.

Overseeding and Fertilizing

Here in Ohio, we have cool season grass. The best time for lawn aeration with cool season grasses is in the spring or in the fall. Whether you aerate your lawn in the fall or spring, these are both great times to overseed and fertilize. The price is going to vary based on the size of lawn, the grass type, and how much overseeding you need to do. An estimated cost for the average lawn would be about $150 for both seed and fertilizer. Adding this processes to lawn aeration will make your lawn more full and lush. A beautiful full lawn will give your house a facelift and improved curb appeal.

Professional Lawn Care Aeration and Treatment

The cost to aerate your lawn by hiring a lawn care company is about $15 to $17 per thousand square feet. The average lawn size is about ten thousand square feet, making the average aeration cost around $150. It will take a lawn care company about 30 minutes to aerate a ten thousand square foot lawn. Adding overseeding and fertilizing to your aeration will bump up the cost. The cost of aeration, overseeding, and fertilizing is around $250 to $300 if you use a lawn care company.

Comparing DIY vs Professional Lawn Care

When making your decision keep in mind:

  • How often you want to aerate your lawn
  • The size of lawn or area that needs aerated
  • How much time you want to spend working on your lawn
  • Does the lawn need overseeding and fertilizer
  • Your budget

From the estimates we came up with, it may cost you around $90 to aerate your lawn or $240 to aerate and treat your lawn yourself (if you have the correct equipment to transport the rental). If you purchase an aerator yourself the initial cost will be high, but then you will only have the cost of the seed and fertilizer for future treatments. Remember, if you do not have experience treating your lawn, this could take you all day to complete. The common cost to aerate your lawn with a lawn care company is $150 or $250-300 if you add the overseeding and fertilizing.

How Much Does Aeration and Seeding Cost?

August 2, 2018

Aeration and seeding are the most important things you can do to make your lawn as healthy and beautiful as possible. The two services often go hand-in-hand because the aeration breaks up the compacted soil, giving the seeds a safe place to grow. As essentials parts of your lawncare routine, it’s helpful to have a cost in mind. Here’s what you can expect:

Professional Aeration and Seeding Services

By far, the most reliable and easiest way to have your lawn aerated and seeded is to hire a professional. The cost of the services depends on how large your yard is. For example, Green Lawn Fertilizing charges approximately $300.00 for a 5K square foot lawn. This includes the costs of products and equipment, time, experience, and a guarantee of a green lawn. This price does not take into account special offers that are available periodically.

The bottom line: Professional services are billed on a square footage basis and will vary from company to company. While the cost is more than DIY methods, you gain the knowledge, guarantee, time, and you don’t have to invest in equipment.

DIY Methods

The biggest cost of DIY methods is your time, generally a whole day’s worth. While the upfront costs can be substantial, once you have the tools you need, the cost is small year after year. You can purchase aerators starting at $60 and prices go well into the $300 range. The less expensive ones tend to be smaller—about 1-1/2 feet—so you can imagine how long it will take to push that all the way around your lawn. Hint: a long time! Each year you will have to invest in grass seed, and the cost varies based on the grass you choose and the size of your lawn. You can spread seed by hand, or you can get a seeder that will make the job much easier. Those, once again, vary in price, somewhere between $50 and $100+.

The bottom line: DIY methods can require substantial start-up funds if you want to make the job as easy and quick as possible. The biggest investment by far will be your time.

Let Your Local Lawn Care Professionals at Green Lawn Fertilizing Do the Work.

A lot goes into creating the lawn of your dreams, which is why we offer aeration and seeding services and have a year-round Green Lawn Program to make your lawn as beautiful and healthy as possible. Call us at 888-581-5296 to find out more.


I used to have TruGreen lawn care. Their contracted services are good. With them, I didn’t have weeds, crab grass, or grubs. However, what they did in the Fall completely turned me off and I would never use them again.

In the late Fall, they contact me regarding extra services; to aerate and over-seed the lawn. I expressed my concerns that it was probably too late. They representative assured me that their seed grows fast and the services were guaranteed – meaning, if the seed didn’t take, they would come back and over-seed in the Spring.

The seed didn’t take. In the Spring, I still had the same bare patches as in the fall. On the one side of the house, I had bare dirt, and moss growing near the house. I called TruGreen to have them inspect and honor their warranty to reseed. The manager told me, “I’m sorry but tough luck since it wasn’t anything that we did.”

His attitude compounded with them refusing to honor their agreement compelled me to discontinue using them. I have also repeatedly asked them to stop the phone calls and the mailings. I had problems with them doing extended services but I wondered if the would have said the same thing(s) had I suffered setback with their annual services.

I normally don’t wish anyone ill-will however, I hope that manager received retraining, or was fired.

If you get their services, stick to the annual *** and feed. Do NOT let them talk you into extended services like aeration and over-seeding. And do lyme yourself, you’ll save a lot of money.

A step up from the TrueHealth package, the TrueComplete plan adds an annual aeration and overseeding service to the mix. This package includes 7 total visits.

This top-of-the-line package includes everything from the TrueComplete plan and adds 4 visits for tree and shrub service.

Pricing and payments

Getting a quote is easy, and we got one for this example in under 5 minutes. Simply go to the website, enter your address, and TruGreen will generate sample pricing. Along with an estimate, they’ll recommend service plans based on their online data. We’ve never seen a lawn care company make it so easy to get a quote.

While there are pre-pay discounts, we’ve only included estimates for the first application in addition to the cost of recurring treatments.

Although pricing varies by location, our example is based on a 2,030 square foot lawn.

  • TrueMaintenance – An initial application of $29.95 with 5 additional treatments at $47.95 each.
  • TrueHealth – The first visit of $29.95 with an additional 6 trips costing $49.95.
  • TrueComplete – The first visit costs $29.95 and 6 more at a rate of $49.95.
  • TrueGreen Mosquito Defense – Set up service with a first visit costing $39.95 and 4 more for $79.95 each.
  • TrueShield Flea and Tick Control – All 4 services cost $64.95 each.
  • Tree and Shrub Care – The first application costs $49.95 with each of the 6 subsequent visits costing $109.95

Warranty and Service

As we’d expect from a company using PhD-trained service technicians, TruGreen offers a Healthy Lawn Guarantee with each of its service plans. This means you’ll receive expert service backed by a industry-leading reputation. If you are unhappy with your lawn care service, they will send the technician back, free of charge.

Reputation means a lot to the company, and just as Terminix does, TruGreen responds to nearly every review on the Consumer Affairs site. After all, they were a ServiceMaster company, which is known for it’s awesome customer service.

What Customers Are Saying

Online reviews are not the best metric of judging a company’s service, as most people only leave a review after having a bad experience. However, we like to sample a few online reviews to pick both praise and criticism.

George of La Mesa, CA states on Consumer Affairs, “…tried sprays, candles, and bracelets but nothing really worked consistently… we knew it would be difficult to control because of this problem but TruGreen and is product worked well through most of the months used.”

On the other hand, realrkennedy writes on Reddit, “My truegreen experience is that they’re roughly competitive price wise. They try to lock you into a contract/commitment.”

As you can see, their products work, but their subscription model may cause you to be locked into a service you don’t want indefinitely. We highly recommend asking about financial commitments and early cancellation penalties to ensure you don’t back yourself into a corner.


How many visits do I need to get my lawn in shape?
Services should continue for one year to see full results. However, Lawncare never ends, as it’s a constant battle against weeds, but you should treat your lawn for at least one full year to maximize results. However, discontinuing service mean you’ll likely end up with a yard overtaken by weeds.

What does the Healthy Lawn Guarantee mean?
To ensure client satisfaction, a TruExpert will visit the property as many times as necessary, free of charge.

How quickly will I see the effects of my treatments?
Your lawn should get greener within a week, but weeds may stick around for a few weeks. This all depends on your lawn care needs and the shape of your yard.

Should You Use TruGreen For Your Lawncare Needs?

If you are like most homeowners, a green thumb does not come naturally to you. If you’d like to save time and take the guesswork out of your lawn treatments, hit the easy button and call TruGreen – we are certain you’ll thank us for the tip.

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