Posted on May 27, 2011 with No Comments

When it comes to lawn care, TruGreen is definitely a name that most people have heard of.  Unfortunately, it can be difficult find a review of TruGreen that isn’t either only singing praises or one giant complaint.  To give you a better idea about what to expect, here is a quick review of TruGreen – what they have to offer and some potential drawbacks to keep in mind.

Review of TruGreen Services

TruGreen breaks down their services into 3 areas: lawn care, tree/shrub, and additional services.  In most cases, they operate based on a contract, which means that you will sign up for their service on a yearly basis, rather than per-treatment.

Lawn Care Programs

TruGreen offers a variety of different lawn care services, however there are two basic programs to choose from.  The first is TruPerformance and includes fertilization, weed control, color improvement, lawn quality audit, and unlimited services calls.  The other package is TruNatural an includes all of the previous services as well as the use of organic composition.

Tree and Shrub Services

For tree and shrub care, there are several services that included in the package.  Along with the evaluation, some of the most commonly used options include the spring feeding, early growth protection, foliage protection, winter insect control, target protection, and root zone fertilization.  Some optional services include targeted truck injections, trimming/shaping, and fall dormant oil to control insects.

Additional Services

Some of the additional services that you can add to your packages include regular aeration and seeding, pH and soil quality control, targeted insect control for problem areas, disease prevention and control, and overall winterization.

Potential Areas of Concern

While TruGreen seems to provide high quality services in general, there are some complaints that seem to be common.  One of the most common complaints is that you will not get any warning when a TruGreen specialist will actually be at your house.  This could potentially be an issue if you have outdoor pets or want to oversee what they are doing.  In some cases, people complain about poor service and poor weed removal results.

It is important to consider that along the 200+ corporate locations, there are also a growing number of franchise locations as well.  In most cases, it seems like the inconsistencies arise from the franchise locations because they aren’t bound to follow every single policy and protocol that are used by the corporate locations.

Average Price

The most basic annual program will normally be around $250 per year, however this does not include the additional services which are what will increase your costs fairly quickly.  For example, aeration and seeding alone can be nearly an additional $200.  The full season cleanups can also get expensive, however they can go a long way in improving how your lawn grows in the spring.

Overall, TruGreen seems to be one of the better lawn care service providers on the market.  Their corporate locations tend to be superior to franchise locations, so make sure to talk to friends, family, and neighbors to see how well your location stacks up to the TruGreen reputation.

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