Lawn maintenance in Miami’s hot, humid summers is dreadful. Call in the lawn care professionals so you can be inside with AC instead of outside sweating bullets. Let’s see if the lawn care company TruGreen has what it takes to green up your Florida lawn.
We did the research for you so you can make the best decision for your yard. In this TruGreen Miami review, we cover everything you need to know about your local branch. Though LawnStarter has an affiliate relationship with TruGreen, this TruGreen lawn care review is fair and unbiased.
TruGreen prides itself on customer satisfaction and offers a TruGreen guarantee on all lawn care plans, mosquito defense, fire ant control, and perimeter pest control. Our review takes a deep dive into TruGreen’s Miami services, customer satisfaction, and company highlights. Find out below whether TruGreen is right for you and your turf.
Table of Contents:
- Treatment Plans
- How it Works
- Other Services
- How to Order
- Customer Reviews
- Benefits of Lawn Care Services
- Final Word on TruGreen Miami
- Buyer’s Guide to Choosing a Lawn Care Company
- FAQ About Lawn Care
- DIY Lawn Care
TruGreen Miami At a Glance
TruGreen aims to take the guesswork out of lawn care. Below you’ll see the lawn care services TruGreen offers (and those it doesn’t).
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TruGreen Lawn Care Plans
TruGreen Miami offers various lawn care plan options at different price points. No matter which lawn care package plan you choose, you’ll receive the following benefits:
- TruGreen Certified Specialists: All TruGreen specialists are certified through TruGreen’s demanding TruExpert Certification Program.
- TruGreen’s Healthy Lawn Analysis: Your TruGreen specialist will perform a Healthy Lawn Analysis to create a customized plan that caters to your lawn’s needs.
- TruGreen’s Healthy Lawn Guarantee: TruGreen guarantees you’ll be satisfied with the results of your treatment or a specialist will return as many times as needed to fix the problem.
We researched TruGreen’s lawn care plans in Miami by entering local addresses into the company’s online ordering system. TruGreen recommended the following plans for Miami lawns, and we’ve listed them below from most expensive to least expensive. Your first application will be 50% off, and you can choose to pay for the whole year at once or one treatment at a time.
- TruNatural Lawn Care Plan
- TruComplete Lawn Care Plan
- TruHealth Lawn Care Plan
Don’t see the treatment you’re looking for? Give TruGreen Miami a call for details.
TruNatural Lawn Care Plan
When you pick the TruNatural Lawn Care Plan, a TruGreen specialist will use 100% natural fertilizer to thicken your lawn. Conventional weed control isn’t automatically applied to this plan, however, you can request it free of charge.
TruComplete Lawn Care Plan
Are there soggy puddles on your lawn after every irrigation or rainfall? Does your turf have a thick layer of debris between it and the soil? It may be time to aerate your lawn to improve drainage and remove the debris layer (aka thatch).
The TruComplete Lawn Care Plan is the only TruGreen plan that covers aeration services. After the aeration treatment, your technician will determine whether your lawn would benefit from new grass seed.
- Aeration (plus overseeding if needed)
- Soil amendment
- Pre-emergent and targeted weed control
TruHealth Lawn Care Plan
Your soil may not need aeration, but it might still need some work. The TruHealth Lawn Care Plan prioritizes healthy soil through fertilization and soil amendments. It includes:
- Soil amendment
- Pre-emergent and targeted weed control
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Day of Lawn Care: What to Expect
Once you sign up for a lawn care plan with TruGreen, a technician will schedule your first service. You’ll receive notifications the day before and the day of the appointment through email, text, and push notifications if you have the mobile app. You’re not required to be home, but if you’d like to be, let TruGreen know ahead of time so the technician can schedule accordingly.
Before your first treatment:
- Download the TruGreen app to track the driver in real-time.
- Unlock your gates.
- Bring pets and children inside.
When the technician arrives, they will:
- Perform one or more treatments depending on the plan(s) you’re signed up for.
After the appointment is over:
- Your technician will leave a service summary at your door or send it via text or email. It’s also available on TruGreen’s website and mobile app.
- Your technician will plant a TruGreen sign on your lawn.
- Wait an hour or two for liquid treatments to dry before letting your family and pets into the treated area.
- Water your lawn with 1 inch of water within 48 hours of the treatment to deliver nutrients to the roots.
- Complete a survey on the website or app to give feedback on your service and service provider.
Other TruGreen Services
TruGreen wants you to enjoy every part of your outdoor space. Fire ant control and mosquito control aren’t included in TruGreen’s package plans, but you can purchase them as add-on services. TruGreen can also give your trees and shrubs some much-needed TLC.
Keep in mind that TruGreen doesn’t offer lawn mowing. When you need someone to mow the lawn, turn to LawnStarter.
TruGreen recommended the following services for Miami homes when we entered local addresses into its online ordering system. Don’t see the service you’re looking for in the list below? Call your local TruGreen for further options.
Chinch Bug Control
Throughout Florida, chinch bugs are the most destructive lawn pest. These sneaky pests will suck the moisture right out of your grass blades causing large brown patches.
If your lawn has an existing chinch bug infestation, TruGreen aims to eliminate it. The goal of TruGreen’s chinch bug prevention and control service is to stop the chinch bugs before they occur with continuous monitoring and follow-up treatments.
Miami’s rainy season also means mosquito season. TruGreen’s mosquito defense can help protect you from those terrible bites. A TruGreen specialist will apply mosquito repellant to yard areas prone to mosquito populations. The repellent is designed to eliminate mosquitoes within 24 hours and offer protection for up to one month.
TruGreen states that the mosquito repellent is kid and pet safe, but it is best to allow the product to dry for one to two hours before returning to the treated area.
Tree and Shrub Care
Could your trees and shrubs use some TLC? A TruGreen specialist will perform a tree and shrub analysis to determine how to best serve your plants. Treatment includes fertilization, insect and mite control, and disease control. And don’t forget–– tree and shrub care is backed by TruGreen’s satisfaction guarantee.
Fire Ant Control
Have you ever stepped on a fire ant hill? Those stings hurt! TruGreen offers two approaches to treating fire ants: A preventative broadcast treatment that covers your entire yard and a targeted treatment near any current ant mount. A single application is designed to protect your yard for one year.
Perimeter Pest Control
Are outdoor pests finding their way inside? TruGreen’s perimeter pest control service helps prevent the following pests from sneaking indoors:
- Stink bugs
- Boxelder bugs
- Kudzu bugs
- Lady beetles
- Mud daubers
- Paper wasps
- Sow bugs
Note: TruGreen perimeter pest control does not control or prevent the following:
- Wood-destroying organisms (including termites)
- Bed bugs
- German cockroaches
- Pharaoh ants
How to Get an Instant Quote and Order Service Online
Whether you’re shopping around for a price or ready to order service through TruGreen, you can receive an online quote within minutes.
Step 1: Visit www.trugreen.com and click ‘see pricing’ in the top right corner.
Step 2: Click any applicable boxes, then click ‘continue.’ If none apply, you may still click ‘continue.’
Step 3: Enter your contact information–– name, address, email address, and phone number.
Step 4: TruGreen will use your address to generate a quote based on your estimated lawn size. It will then provide quotes alongside recommended services. Select which services you would like to order.
Don’t see the service you’re looking for? Give your local TruGreen branch a call.
TruGreen Ft. Lauderdale
6861 SW 196 Ave Suite 112
Pembroke Pines, FL 33332
TruGreen Pompano Beach
3774 Park Central Blvd N
Pompano Beach, FL 33064
Step 5: Proceed to payment. TruGreen allows you to pay with a credit card as a single payment or divide payment between each service.
Note: If TruGreen can’t calculate your lawn size, it will prompt you to use an aerial tool to measure your lawn using satellite imaging. Follow the tutorial and then outline your front yard, back yard, and side yards to receive your quote. Only outline treatable areas.
TruGreen Miami Customer Reviews
Your Aunt in New York swears by TruGreen, but your cousin in Colorado warns against the lawn company. TruGreen has hundreds of branches across the country, so it’s best to hear what your neighbors have to say about your local TruGreen branch. That’s why we’ve collected the following customer reviews for Miami’s nearest TruGreen branches:
TruGreen Ft. Lauderdale
Positive Review: “This service is convenient and takes the guesswork out of doing it myself. My lawn started off pretty unsightly but now it’s healthy after a year of treating.” – Daniel S. (Google Review)
Negative Review: “If you’re looking for your lawn to be worse than before you found this company, you are in the right place. They have tried to rectify the issues I’ve had, but overall, this company is a waste of money. I called for weeds, ended up with dead grass and more weeds. And I’m constantly being told it’s because I don’t water enough.” – Farah S. (Yelp Review)
Positive Review: “I asked my neighbors with beautiful lawns what they have done to look so healthy and beautiful. 3 out of 5 affirmed to use TruGreen for at least three years. After the first application from TruGreen, my lawn literally jumped in color and size and several weeds are gone, like magic. Thank you for great customer service also.” – Sergio M. (Google Review)
TruGreen Pompano Beach
Positive Review: “TruGreen completely transformed my lawn over the past year. My lawn had dead patches, tons of weeds and kept dying off in many spots no matter how much work and time I put into it. After the first three months with TruGreen, my lawn was much greener and began to fill in nicely. After approximately 10 months my lawn is gorgeous. Full, green, and almost no weeds anymore.” – Peter D. (Google Review)
Negative Review: “I canceled my service because I never noticed any difference, and they don’t even go in my backyard, yet they continue to bill me.” – Kevin M. (Google Review)
Positive Review: “Consistent, kind, knowledgeable. We switched to TruGreen a few years ago, and I’m very glad we did.” – Scott M. (Google Review)
Benefits of Lawn Care Services
Fertilization, aeration, soil amendments, weed control, and overseeding all play an integral role in creating beautiful, healthy, thick turf. Let’s take a closer look at how these treatments work:
Benefits of Fertilization
Fertilizer keeps your lawn healthy by supplementing the soil with the essential nutrients nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. When your soil is deficient in these nutrients, your turfgrass weakens and struggles to grow, causing it to become more susceptible to pests and disease damage.
Here’s what the three essential nutrients can do for your lawn’s health:
- Nitrogen gives your lawn its color and thickness
- Phosphorus aids in your lawn’s healthy root development
- Potassium strengthens the grass so it can resist stressors like heat and drought
Benefits of Aeration
Over time, the soil in your lawn compacts, making it difficult for your turf’s roots to receive water, air, and nutrients. Core aeration removes plugs of soil from the ground to relieve compaction and allow the good stuff to reach the roots.
Aeration also helps to:
- Improve root growth
- Reduce thatch, the buildup of organic matter over the soil. Too much thatch blocks air, water, and nutrients from reaching the soil and invites pests and diseases.
- Improve drainage
- Prepare the soil for overseeding
Benefits of Soil Amendments
We’ve covered why nutrients are important for soil, but pH balance should also be top of mind. Why? Because when soil pH is too low or too high, the grass roots are unable to uptake available nutrients.
Soil amendments help improve the physical nature of the soil, such as lime (raises pH, reducing acidity) and sulfur (lowers pH, increases acidity). By returning the pH to a balanced level between 6.0 and 7.0, your turf will have a much better chance for healthy growth.
Benefits of Weed Control
Fertilizing, dethatching, aeration, and overseeding are beneficial to natural weed control. First and foremost, your turf will look much healthier and fuller without weeds. Secondly, without proper weed control, you’re allowing the weeds to take the precious water and nutrients intended for your turfgrass. Wouldn’t you rather those resources go towards your lawn?
Benefits of Overseeding
All the hours of football and baseball practice left your grass a little bare and patchy. Overseeding fills in those bare, thin spots in an existing lawn. By planting the new grass seeds, you’ll boost your lawn’s beauty, help your turf fight off pests and diseases, and prevent weeds.
What attracts the people of the Magic City to TruGreen? Let’s go over some TruGreen highlights.
Every technician at TruGreen is certified through TruGreen’s TruExpert Certification Program. The program is specific to each unique location, allowing the specialists to become knowledgeable in local lawn care needs and threats. Each specialist receives annual recertification through the program to ensure they stay up-to-date with the newest lawn care techniques.
Organic Lawn Care Option
If you’ve ever been hesitant to sign up for a lawn care service because you didn’t want to expose yourself, your kids, or your pets to harsh chemicals, you’ll be happy to hear TruGreen offers an organic lawn care plan. While all the products TruGreen uses are considered safe for use by the U.S. EPA, the TruNatural Lawn Care Plan goes one step further by offering a 100% natural fertilizer.
TruGreen’s mobile app allows you to conveniently access your TruGreen account. You can:
- View recent service visits
- See upcoming scheduled service visits and reschedule if needed
- Pay your bill, manage your payment preferences
- Add or change service
- See real-time GPS service delivery notifications
- View your service summary
- Leave feedback after a TruGreen specialist has performed the treatment
Final Word on TruGreen Miami
Whether your lawn is struggling from Miami’s summer heat, chinch bugs, or fire ants, TruGreen specialists are trained to identify and treat the problem appropriately. Each TruGreen lawn care plan begins with a Healthy Lawn Analysis so your lawn can receive a customized, science-backed plan.
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Buyer’s Guide to Choosing a Lawn Care Company
Everyone has their criteria for picking service companies to work with. If you’re struggling to decide on a company, here are some factors to consider.
Does a company require an annual payment for services? Or can you split the payments between each service? If you prefer one or the other, it’s worth taking into consideration when choosing a lawn care company.
Staying on a regular lawn maintenance schedule is important for your lawn’s health. Irregular treatments won’t do your turf much good. Some questions to keep in mind when asking a company about their scheduling:
- How frequently will your lawn require treatment?
- Are appointments automatic, or will you need to follow-up and schedule your next appointment?
- Will you receive a reminder call regarding your next appointment?
- If you have to cancel your appointment, how easily and quickly can you reschedule?
- How quickly can you get a technician to your property if a problem arises?
Don’t be afraid to shop around for a lawn care company that offers a discount. Many companies offer an introductory promotion (such as TruGreen offering 50% off your first application). Some companies offer a discount if you prepay for a certain number of services. First responder or veteran discounts might also apply for some companies. You’ll never know what deals are waiting for you unless you ask.
FAQ About Lawn Care
When Is the Best Time to Plant New Grass Seed?
The best time to plant warm-season grass seed on your Miami lawn is between late spring and early summer.
Do I Need to Bag My Grass Clippings After I Mow?
It depends. Grass clippings have nutrients, and allowing them to stay on your lawn lets your lawn receive those healthy nutrients. You’ll also save time by leaving the clippings on your lawn since you won’t have to bag them.
On the other hand, if you notice any signs of lawn disease, you should bag those clippings so the disease doesn’t spread. You can also bag grass clippings if you simply don’t like how they look on your lawn.
Why Is My Lawn Growing Unevenly?
There could be several reasons for uneven turf growth:
- One area of your grass might receive more water and sunlight, creating a better environment for it to grow.
- If you have a mixed blend of grass, one type of grass might grow faster than the other.
- Lastly, your mower blade might need to be sharpened to create a more uniform cut.
DIY Lawn Care
Between the Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, Miami Marlins, and the Florida Panthers, major league sports dominate Miami. You’re left with little to no time to squeeze in your lawn care. Plus, buying the right fertilizer and applying the correct amount is a bit intimidating.
If you don’t want to miss the game or run the risk of ruining your lawn, you might want to leave your lawn care to the professionals. TruGreen will handle your fertilizing, aerating, weed control, and outdoor pest control while LawnStarter handles your mowing, edging, and trimming.
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