Has your yard turned into a training ground for your aspiring Sacramento King? Your lawn now likely suffers from compacted soil and dead grass patches. But when you’ve got sports practices to drive to, there’s little room left for lawn care. Let’s see if the lawn care company TruGreen can restore your Sacramento yard.
We did the research for you so you can make the best decision for your yard. In this TruGreen Sacramento 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 offers a wide range of services, including fertilization, aeration, overseeding, tree and shrub care, and mosquito control. Equipped with more than 45 years of experience, TruGreen commits itself to customer satisfaction. While your kids hone their basketball skills, take a quick look at the guide below to see if 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 Sacramento
- Buyers Guide to Choosing a Lawn Care Company
- FAQ About Lawn Care
- DIY Lawn Care
TruGreen Sacramento At a Glance
In a rush? Here’s a preview of lawn services TruGreen performs and those it doesn’t. If lawn mowing is all you’re looking for, TruGreen is not for you.
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TruGreen Lawn Care Plans
TruGreen offers various lawn care plan options to fit different needs and budgets. Even though each TruGreen plan has different services and prices, the plans all include:
- Healthy Lawn Guarantee: TruGreen guarantees your satisfaction with each lawn care plan. A specialist will return as needed if a problem arises.
- Healthy Lawn Analysis: To create a customized plan for your lawn, a TruGreen specialist will perform a healthy lawn analysis first. This gives the specialist insight into exactly what your lawn needs.
- Certified Specialists: All TruGreen technicians go through demanding training that requires annual recertification to ensure the technicians stay up-to-date with the latest lawn care practices.
We researched TruGreen’s lawn care plans in Sacramento by entering local addresses into the company’s online ordering system. TruGreen recommended the following plans for Sacramento 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
- TruMaintenance Lawn Care Plan
Don’t see the treatment you’re looking for? Give TruGreen Sacramento a call for details.
TruNatural Lawn Care Plan
Are you looking for eco-friendly lawn care without harsh chemicals? The TruNatural Lawn Care Plan uses 100% natural fertilizer to create a thick, healthy lawn. Conventional weed control is available upon request at no additional cost.
TruComplete Lawn Care Plan
Is your lawn in need of a major overhaul? The TruComplete Lawn Care Plan is the most inclusive package plan. It includes:
- Pre-emergent and targeted weed control.
TruMaintenance Lawn Care Plan
As its name suggests, the TruMaintenance Lawn Care Plan takes care of the basic maintenance of your lawn care. It’s no-frills, meaning no aeration or overseeding, just some good ol’:
- 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
Your grass isn’t the only part of your yard. The soil, trees, shrubs, and critters living there are all part of the bigger picture. TruGreen has plans to cover your other outdoor concerns as well.
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 Sacramento 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.
Lawn Aeration Services
Is your soil compact, but you don’t want to commit to the TruComplete plan? TruGreen offers aeration services separately. This service is also a good fit if you perform your own lawn care but don’t want to buy (or rent) an aerator.
Does your patchy lawn need a pick-me-up? Your lawn can receive new grass seed after aeration when you select TruGreen’s lawn aeration and overseeding service.
It’s near impossible to enjoy your new beautiful lawn if you’re constantly shooing away mosquitoes. TruGreen’s Mosquito Defense can help with that. A TruGreen specialist will use a professional mosquito repellent to target mosquito populations.
As with all TruGreen products, the treatment is kid and pet-safe. However, TruGreen advises to allow the product to dry before resuming outdoor activities. It usually takes one to two hours for the treatment to dry. The mosquito repellent will begin to work within 24 hours and last for 30 days.
Tree and Shrub Care
When you live in the City of Trees, it almost feels like a necessity to have good-looking trees on your property. If you’re struggling to get there with your tree and shrub maintenance, TruGreen can offer help. TruGreen’s tree and shrub care provides:
- Fertilization for your trees and shrubs to enhance color and growth
- Disease control
- Insect and mite control
Soil Amendment and Analysis
Is your yellow turf not responding to fertilizer? There may be a problem with the soil’s pH level. A TruGreen specialist will return your soil to the proper pH balance by applying the appropriate soil amendment over the lawn. The amendments will help your grass roots to absorb nutrients and grow healthier.
How to Get an Instant Quote and Order Service Online
With just a few minutes of your time, you can receive a TruGreen instant quote.
Step 1: Visit www.trugreen.com and click ‘see pricing’ in the upper right corner.
Step 2: If you have any applicable boxes, select those. Then click ‘continue’. No applicable boxes? You can still click ‘continue.’
Step 3: Enter your name, address, phone number, and email address.
Step 4: Your quote will be displayed alongside several options to choose from. You can select a lawn care plan or an add-on service.
Don’t see the service you’re looking for? Give your local TruGreen branch a call for more information.
700 N Market Blvd, Ste 103
Sacramento, CA 95834
1700 N Market Blvd, Ste 103
Sacramento, CA 95834
Step 5: Once you’ve decided on which plan or a la carte service you want, proceed to choose your payment frequency. You can pay as a single payment or have the payments divided throughout the services.
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 Sacramento Customer Reviews
Customer reviews are a helpful tool when deciding if a company is a right fit for you. That’s why we’ve gathered customer reviews from the TruGreen Sacramento branch so you can see what other customers have experienced with TruGreen.
Positive Review: “First, and most importantly the lawn looks great. I never have to worry about selecting the proper product to use. The yearly aerating has been very good for the lawn’s health. Second, there is great communication–I always know when the technicians are coming for treatments, and it’s easy to reschedule. Third, the technicians are professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and prompt. We appreciate your great service.” – Brian H. (Google Review)
Negative Review: “If I could give zero stars I would. For the 3rd month in a row, they have said they completed my service, but I work from home, and not once have they shown up. They have charged me for no service. They are supposed to leave notes of what was done. There has been nothing left and when you call, all you get is a service center. They will NOT give you a number to call for whoever handles the service locally.” – George B. (Yelp Review)
Positive Review: “If one wants a good-looking lawn for the neighborhood then TruGreen provides the cost-effective service. I always get positive comments about my lawn and all I do is mow and water. TruGreen is very responsive on any issue and advice on mowing and watering has worked out great.” – Bob S. (Google Review)
Benefits of Lawn Care Services
We’ve talked about what services TruGreen offers, but you’re wondering what half of those services even are or why TruGreen does them. Let’s dive in to make sense of all the available lawn care services.
Benefits of Fertilization
Fertilization is the main contributor to giving your lawn its vibrant green color and good health. It provides your turf with the necessary nutrients nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. The healthier your lawn, the better it can fight off lawn diseases, pests, and weeds.
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
Keep losing baseballs in your yard’s knee-high weeds? Weed control has many benefits. When weeds take over the lawn, they steal the sunlight, water, and oxygen intended for your turfgrass. Your lawn may weaken as a result and grow susceptible to further damage. Not only does weed control improve your lawn’s appearance, but it improves your lawn’s health, too.
Benefits of Overseeding
Overseeding repairs thin, worn-out patches on your lawn to help create fuller turfgrass. As a result, your fuller lawn will be more resistant to weeds, lawn diseases, and pests.
Curious why the people of Sactown turn to TruGreen? Well, TruGreen has some unique highlights that make it stand apart from competitors.
Customized Lawn Care
No two lawns are the same. TruGreen’s Healthy Lawn Analysis takes into account your climate, foot-traffic, soil type, and grass type to create a customized plan that caters to your lawn’s individual needs.
Years of Expertise
TruGreen has been tending lawns since 1973. What started as a small company in Troy, Michigan has grown to a company that serves over 2.3 million homeowners and commercial property owners.
Equipped with more than 40 years of experience, TruGreen continues to pride itself on customer satisfaction and rigorous training for employees. That dedication to each employee’s training ensures TruGreen employees can handle various lawn care situations with the highest level of customer service.
EPA Registered Products
All TruGreen products are registered for use with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). That means the products meet certain criteria for health, safety, and the environment. On top of that, TruGreen also offers its TruNatural Lawn Care Plan which uses 100% natural fertilizer for even more peace of mind.
Final Word on TruGreen Sacramento
Lawn problems can be frustrating and time-consuming, but they don’t need to be. TruGreen Sacramento offers various local plans tailored to your yard’s needs, along with pest control services, aeration, overseeding, fertilization, and weed control.
And if you need mowing, edging, and trimming taken off your plate, LawnStarter connects you with pros who will handle the job.
Buyers Guide to Choosing a Lawn Care Company
What’s the best approach to choosing a lawn care company? Well, there isn’t one, but there are some key points to look for when deciding.
Can you use one company for lawn care and mosquito control? It’s easier when one company offers many services as opposed to having one company for lawn care services, another company for mosquito control, and another for lawn mowing. You’ll have less appointments to schedule, and fewer bills to track down.
It’s nice to know that a company requires technicians to receive in-depth training. Continuous training is also a huge plus. With in-depth and continuous training, you can rest assured your technician can handle a multitude of lawn problems.
How often will a company communicate with you prior to your appointment? Will a technician show up with no prior warning or will you get a call ahead of time? Will you get a text or email reminder from the company? It’s convenient to know how often you can expect to hear from a company and whether you would like that much communication.
FAQ About Lawn Care
How Do I Know if My Lawn Mower Blades are Dull?
Here are some signs that your mower blades are dull and need sharpening:
- You see uneven cuts in the grass
- There’s an obvious dent or bend in the blade
- Yellowing or browning turf
- Grass blades appear ripped rather than cleanly sliced
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.
What Are the Benefits of Having a Healthy Lawn?
Having a healthy lawn can have personal and environmental benefits. Some customers feel a sense of accomplishment while enjoying their dense lawn, which contributes to less stress and a boosted immune system. In addition, healthy lawns can reduce erosion and runoff, have a cooling effect, and increase oxygen generation.
DIY Lawn Care
DIY lawn care includes regular fertilization, weed control, aeration, watering, and mowing. It sounds simple enough until you’ve gone down a rabbit hole. What kind of fertilizer is best for your lawn? When should you aerate? What’s causing your grass to yellow? By the time you pull yourself out of the rabbit hole, the day is already over and you have no time for lawn maintenance.
If this sounds like you, it might be time to call in a lawn care professional. Call in TruGreen for your lawn fertilization and weed control and LawnStarter for your lawn mowing, trimming, and edging needs.
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