Although these two are easily the best lawn care services, Lawn Doctor’s offers 3 service plans in 38 states seem while TruGreen offers 5 annual service plans, and it’s available in 49 states. There is also the fact that Lawn Doctor provides la carte services while TruGreen offers the same la carte services offered by Lawn Doctor, only that these services are bundled into their annual plans. The other difference between these two companies is that it’s not easy to sign up for Lawn Doctor’s plans online because their plans aren’t outlined clearly. On the other hand, TruGreen’s sign-up is easy, with the company offering the best customer support services along with a very detailed FAQs page, a mobile app, and an online chat function.
While choosing either of these companies is easier once you’ve looked at the quotes from each company, TruGreen seems to be a more reasonable and preferable option.
In the next sections of this comparison article, we take a detailed look at the specific features and offerings of each company to help you make a more informed choice about who should handle your lawn care.
Lawn Doctor Vs. TruGreen
|Availability||38 States||49 States|
|Plans||3 plans||5 Plans + A la carte services|
|Online Chat and Mobile App||No||Yes|
|Weed Control||Generalized weed control||Targeted and Pre-emergent weed control services|
|Natural/ Organic Lawn Care||Yes||Yes|
Lawn Doctor and TruGreen – Overviews
As two of the top-listed lawn care companies that have been around for several decades, how do they compare?
About Lawn Doctor
Lawn Doctor is a locally-owned lawn care business that boasts the best of regional expertise and access to an impressive portfolio of national resources. They offer extensive lawn care services from soil aeration and lawn fertilization to pest control, with a comprehensive guarantee at 100% and offers of free re-application and full refunds on recent services offered.
TruGreen is the other top-tier lawn company that prides itself in providing its clients with the best of la carte services, even as they allow for plan customizations. With 5 annual plans, the company offers a greater variety than the competition. This company also stands out because of its presence in pretty much all states (49 states), not the mention the best service delivery and expertise, thanks to the fact that their specialists go through the most rigorous training programs that are mandatory for all their specialists. They also offer top-notch customer support services through their mobile app as well as the online chat function.
So, how do they compare?
Plans and Services Offered
Both companies offer unique annual plans, allowing their customers a wide selection of services and plan options to suit client needs/ budgets.
Lawn Doctor’s Plans
|LAWN DOCTOR’S PLANS||LAWN MAINTAINER PROGRAM||LAWN MAINTAINER CARE PROGRAM||NATURAL LAWN CARE PROGRAM|
|Custom treatments’ schedule||✔||✔||✔|
|Pest Control||✔||✔ (Organic)|
Lawn Doctor provides annual lawn care plans that cover things like lawn fertilization and Weed plans, tick control plans, and mosquito control plans.
The services covered under the Lawn Fertilization and Weed Plan include pre-emergent weed control, lawn fertilization, and crabgrass and broadleaf control.
The Mosquito Control plans include one-time treatments that are recommended for special events, or the treatment could be done in a series of applications. They also use non-chemical, all-natural products.
They also have a Tick Control plan that involves regular applications using tick-eliminating sprays.
Lawn Care Services
The Lawn Doctor’s range of lawn care services includes power seeding, fertilization, core aeration, tick & mosquito control, weed control, grub control, tree & shrub care, PH Balancing & lime application, perimeter pest/ insect control, and fire ant control. With insect control crucial to a healthy lawn, their protection mechanisms keep off armyworms, grubs, sod webworms, fire ants, and even the chinch bugs. But if you need a more comprehensive approach to pest control, their perimeter pest control services may be more ideal because they target not just ants and fleas but also boxelder bugs, centipedes, clover mites, earwigs, crickets, silverfish, millipedes, spiders, ticks, and sowbugs.
TruGreen’s Plans and Services
|TRUGREEN’S PLANS||TRUHEALTH LAWN CARE PLAN||TRUCOMPLETE LAWN CARE PLAN||TRUCOMPLETE LAWN CARE PLAN||TRUMAINTENANCE℠ LAWN CARE PLAN,||TRUNATURAL℠ LAWN CARE PLAN|
|Fertilization||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔ (100% organic)|
|Lime Soil Amendment||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Pre-emergent & Targeted Weed Control||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Overseeding||✔ (Fescue Lawns)||✔ (Organic, Fescue Lawns)||✔|
|Tree & Shrub Services||✔||✔|
With 5 annual plans, including 3 core plans which are also the company’s most popular programs, TruGreen has devised a way of ensuring that they meet the wide array of client needs. Their plans include the TruHealth℠, TruSignature℠, and TruComplete℠ lawn care plans. The differences between these three core plans is that while the TruSignature plan offers the 5 essential lawn care services –fertilization, aeration, lime soil amendment, overseeding, tree& shrub services, as well as targeted & pre-emergent weed control, TrueHealth only offers fertilization, weed control, and lime soil amendment. TruComplete also offers 5 of the 6 services – only tree and shrub care services are missing. Also, TrueComplete and TrueSignature plans will offer overseeding services for the fescue lawns only.
The other two plans offered by TruGreen are the TruMaintenance℠ Lawn Care Plan that incorporates pre-emergent & targeted weed control and lawn fertilization, and also the TruNatural℠ Lawn Care Plan that offers lawn care services involving the use of 100% organic fertilizer.
A la carte services provided include soil amendment and analysis, grub control & prevention, mosquito control, and defense treatment, as well as tick and flea control.
With these in mind, TruGreen is easily preferable to Lawn Doctor in terms of its range and the comprehensiveness of its lawn care services.
Lawn Doctor is only available in 38 states, and their services won’t be available to you if you live in Alaska, Arizona, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, Utah, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Utah, Hawaii, New Mexico, Delaware, Wisconsin, or South Dakota.
On the other hand, TruGreen is available in 49 states except Alaska.
Lawn Doctor offers 100% satisfaction guarantees, with the promise of 100% refunds for dissatisfied clients. TruGreen also gives you a guarantee of a healthy lawn.
Lawn Doctor Vs. TruGreen – Verdict
Although both companies offer excellent lawn care services, the comprehensive services and plans offered by TruGreen, along with their efficient and reliable customer support services, make them a good choice for most people. And since their services are accessible nationwide, except in Alaska, you may like TruGreen. Lawn Doctor boasts a high customer retention rate, and if this is something you need in a lawn care company, it might be a great fit for you.
Which of these two companies offer natural lawn care services?
Both. Lawn Doctor offers organic fertilization in all its plans and organic pest control under the Natural Lawn Care program. TruGreen also offers an all-natural 100% organic lawn care plan.
What is soil enrichment and PH Balancing?
For a healthy lawn, the soil needs more than aeration. It needs to be enriched with the right species of fungi and bacteria that will break down different forms of organic matter into important nutrients for the lawn. This takes place through enrichment, and it improves the overall quality of the soil. To loosen up the soil and improve the soil’s structure, along with its ability to retain nutrients and water, the specialists will use a fertilizer catalyst. They also have the right tools to measure and correct the soil contents if it’s too acidic or alkaline.