TruGreen Lawn Care in San Antonio Review

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Not only is San Antonio the home base for the beloved Whataburger, but it’s also the official headquarters for hot summers, fire ants, and take-all root rot. This means caring for your Texas lawn is nearly impossible when you’re at the mercy of the blistering sun, painful ant bites, and juicy burger daydreams. Let’s see if hiring a TruGreen lawn care professional hits the spot. 

We’ve compiled information about the local San Antonio TruGreen branch so you can make the best decision for your Texas turf. Our TruGreen review covers the company’s lawn treatments, additional outdoor services, and customer feedback. Though LawnStarter has an affiliate relationship with TruGreen, this TruGreen lawn care review is fair and objective.

If you’re fighting a losing battle with your lawn, TruGreen San Antonio might have the solution.  Equipped with more than 45 years of experience, TruGreen serves residential and commercial properties with science-based lawn care. TruGreen also has an easy-to-follow online ordering system, which – don’t worry – isn’t as confusing as Loop 1604.

Let’s see if TruGreen is right for your San Antonio lawn. 

Table of Contents: 

TruGreen San Antonio At a Glance

In a hurry? A quick glance below will show you which lawn services TruGreen offers (and doesn’t offer). If you need fertilization, aeration, or weed control, TruGreen is a good fit. But if you need lawn mowing, TruGreen is not for you. 

Basic Treatments
Soil amendments✓ 
Weed control✓ 
Overseeding ✓ 
Planting grass seed for a new lawn
Sod installation
Lawn mowing
Does TruGreen offer eco-friendly options?✓ 
Does TruGreen serve commercial properties?
Does TruGreen give instant quotes online?✓ 
Does TruGreen have an online portal for scheduling, billing, etc.?✓ 

TruGreen Lawn Care Plans

Want people to admire your lawn like they do San Antonio’s giant cowboy boots? TruGreen might have just the service to spruce up your lawn. There are several TruGreen lawn care service plans to pick from depending on the services you want and your budget. All TruGreen plans include:

  • Healthy Lawn Analysis: Before your lawn treatment, a TruGreen specialist will analyze your climate, lawn usage, grass type, and soil conditions to know how to make your lawn prosper. 
  • Healthy Lawn Guarantee: If you’re not satisfied with the results of your lawn care service, a TruGreen specialist will return to your property as many times as needed to fix the problem.
  • TruExpert Certified Specialists: TruGreen has an independent certification program that, once complete, all technicians become TruExpert Certified Specialists. It’s a demanding training program that requires annual recertification to ensure specialists stay up-to-date with current and best lawn care practices.

TruGreen offers a PrePay option, or you can divide payment between each service. You can make payments with a credit card at or via TruGreen’s mobile app. TruGreen often offers discounts, such as 50% off your first application. 

We did the research for you by entering several San Antonio addresses into TruGreen’s online ordering system. We found that TruGreen San Antonio recommends the following lawn care plans, and we’ve listed them below from most expensive to least expensive:

  • TruNatural Lawn Care Plan
  • TruComplete Lawn Care Plan
  • TruHealth Lawn Care Plan
  • TruMaintenance Lawn Care Plan

TruNatural Lawn Care Plan 

Want an eco-friendly lawn care plan? The TruNatural Lawn Care Plan uses 100% natural fertilizer to encourage healthy lawn growth and thicken your lawn over time. If you would like traditional weed control, it’s available at no additional cost upon request.

TruComplete Lawn Care Plan 

Is your lawn burdened with puddles that fail to drain? You might need an aeration treatment to loosen the soil and improve drainage. The TruComplete Lawn Care Plan is the most inclusive package and involves ten applications. You’ll receive:

  • Aeration
  • Overseeding
  • Fertilization
  • Sulfur soil amendment 
  • Pre-emergent and targeted weed control

TruHealth Lawn Care Plan

If your lawn has good drainage, but soil pH and weeds hinder your turf, the TruHealth Lawn Care Plan might be for you. It includes: 

  • Fertilization
  • Sulfur soil amendment
  • Pre-emergent and targeted weed control. 

TruMaintenance Lawn Care Plan

If you want to keep treatment simple (and save a few bucks) check out the TruMaintenance Lawn Care Plan. This plan offers eight applications of fertilizer and weed control.  


Healthy Lawn Guarantee
Healthy Lawn Analysis
TruGreen Certified Specialist
Sulfur Amendments
Weed Control✓(Available upon request)

Day of Lawn Care: What to Expect

Your friend invited you to the River Walk, but you have your first service with TruGreen scheduled. No worries, go enjoy yourself! TruGreen can still service your lawn if you’re not home. Before you go, please ensure the following:

  • Have your front yard and back yard both accessible by unlocking the gates. (TruGreen specialists are trained to close gates once they’re finished).
  • Keep kids (and pets) inside during the treatment. The treatment takes one to two hours to dry, so please stay off your lawn until then.

If there’s no rain in the forecast within 48 hours after treatment, give your lawn 1 inch of water. It will help the roots receive the nutrients, creating the wanted results.

Other TruGreen Services

While researching services, we found that TruGreen offers several treatments beyond its signature lawn care plans. When we used the online ordering system, TruGreen recommended the following outdoor services for San Antonio yards. 

If you don’t see the service you’re looking for, give TruGreen San Antonio a call to discuss your options. 

Mosquito Control

Did you know San Antonio ranks in the top 50 worst mosquito cities? Don’t let yourself go unprotected. TruGreen offers a mosquito defense that controls mosquito populations within 24 hours. It’s also backed by a TruGreen Guarantee – retreatment at no cost if you’re not satisfied with the results.

Tree and Shrub Care

As you tend to your lawn, don’t let the surrounding trees and shrubs fall too low on your list. TruGreen’s tree and shrub service includes fertilization (for enhanced growth and color) and protection against diseases, insects, and mites.  

Soil Amendment and Analysis Services

When soil pH is too high (or too low), grass roots struggle to absorb the soil’s available nutrients. A TruGreen specialist will lower the soil’s pH level by applying a sulfur soil amendment to the lawn. This treatment helps improve turf growth by increasing nutrient availability, microbial activity, and rooting ability. 

Fire Ant Control

If burning, itchy, pus-filled welts don’t sound like a fun time, fire ant control might be for you. Once the weather heats up, fire ants like to make an appearance. A TruGreen specialist will apply a targeted treatment on existing ant hills and spread a preventative broadcast bait treatment across your yard.

Perimeter Pest Control

Eek! Are spiders and ants finding their way inside? A TruGreen expert can protect your home against common outdoor pests by applying a liquid and granular treatment around your house and its common entry points. TruGreen’s perimeter pest control service helps prevent:  

  • Ants
  • Cockroaches
  • Centipedes
  • Millipedes
  • Earwigs
  • Spiders
  • Stink Bugs
  • Boxelder bugs
  • Kudzu bugs
  • Lady beetles
  • Mud daubers
  • Paper wasps
  • Scorpions
  • Sow bugs

Note: TruGreen Perimeter Pest Control does not control or prevent the following:

  • Wood-destroying organisms (including termites)
  • Bed bugs
  • Bees
  • Fleas
  • German cockroaches
  • Hornets
  • Pharaoh ants
  • Rodents
  • Ticks

How to Get an Instant Quote and Order Service Online

Step 1: Visit and click “see pricing” in the upper right corner.

Trugreen Home Page

Step 2: Select problems you want to address. If you’re not sure what’s wrong with your lawn, don’t worry. You can continue receiving a quote even without clicking any problem boxes.

trugreen Choose Services

Step 3: Enter your name, address, email, and phone number. Then click “see my recommended plan.”

Contact Form

Step 4: Your quote with pricing information will be displayed after you enter your details. Click the checkboxes next to the services you would like to sign up for, and then click continue. 

Are you looking for a different service? Give TruGreen San Antonio a phone call for further details: 

TruGreen San Antonio
4953 N. Stahl Park
San Antonio, TX 78217
(210) 654-3361

Step 5: Select your preferred payment method and checkout. 

Note: If TruGreen can’t estimate your lawn’s size, it will prompt you to utilize an aerial tool to receive a quote. The step-by-step tutorial will give you all the information you need to draw your yard’s measurements. 

TruGreen’s aerial too

TruGreen San Antonio 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 branch. That’s why we’ve collected the following customer reviews for TruGreen San Antonio:

Positive Review: They’ve aerated my yard for two years now and done a FANTASTIC job.  I highly recommend them, and I will continue using their service.” – Norm P. (Google review)

Positive Review: “I had a serious weed problem and I could not get a healthy lawn. I decided to try TruGreen, and I am glad I did. My lawn is beautiful! The technicians are great, and the office responds immediately to my questions, concerns, and requests.” David S. (Google review)

Negative Review: Have not seen them in 3 months. A representative came to my house and wanted to know how I liked their service. I explained how they were in and out in 5 minutes, a different service agent every time and my weeds are still growing. He said thank you and would call me with an update. He did call a week later and stated a rep would be calling me to take care of the weeds. This was 7 weeks ago. No other communication since.” – Howard G. (Yelp review)

Benefits of Lawn Care Services

Still on the fence about lawn care? Sometimes lawn care jargon like aeration and overseeding can sound like gibberish, but these treatments can have a big impact on your lawn’s health. Let’s take a look at how TruGreen’s services can boost your lawn.

Benefits of Fertilization

You’ve heard at one time or another about the need to fertilize a lawn. That’s because it’s the foundation of lawn care. When you fertilize your lawn, you provide it with the necessary nutrients for growth, color, and strength. The stronger and healthier your turf is, the better it can fight off stress, pests, and diseases. 

Benefits of Aeration

If you have carpet in your house, you’ve seen it compact over time. High-traffic rooms tend to have more compacted carpeted areas than less-traveled areas. That’s exactly what happens to the soil beneath your lawn. Aeration helps to relieve that pressure. 

There are two types of aeration you can perform on your lawn (but one is more effective than the other): 

  • Core aeration removes plugs of soil from the ground, allowing the roots to breathe and receive nutrients and water. 
  • Spike aeration pokes tiny holes in the ground without removing the soil. Spike aeration is not as effective as core aeration because it further compacts the surrounding soil.

Not only does core aeration relieve compacted soil and encourage new growth, but it also: 

  • Helps remove thatch from the lawn
  • Prepares the soil for overseeding
  • Encourages root development
  • Improves soil drainage
  • Increases turf health, which minimizes pest and fungal infestations as a result

Benefits of Soil Amendments

While fertilization adds nutrients to the soil, a soil amendment changes the physical makeup of the soil. For example, when soil pH is highly alkaline or highly acidic, grass roots struggle to uptake nutrients. Applying a soil amendment, such as lime or sulfur, can help bring the pH to a neutral balance so the roots can better absorb nutrients.

Benefits of Weed Control

Let’s face it; most weeds aren’t pretty. With proper weed control, your struggling lawn will no longer be an eye-sore. Weeds and grass battle it out for nutrients, water, and sunlight, which is stressful for your turfgrass. If you let the weeds get too out of hand, they can eventually take over your entire lawn. But if you eliminate the rivalry, your lawn will be healthier (and prettier).

Benefits of Overseeding

You’ve got to stay cool with these San Antonio summers, so you bought your kids a Slip ‘N Slide. But you didn’t think about how the high traffic on the Slip ‘N Slide would make your lawn patchy and bare. Overseeding can help remedy that. By planting new grass seed over your existing lawn, your lawn will become full again.

Other benefits of overseeding include: 

  • Better ability to prevent pests and disease
  • Repairs existing pest and disease damage
  • Erosion control
  • A fuller lawn helps deter weed growth

TruGreen Highlights

TruGreen might offer plenty of services, but what else does the company have in its tool kit? TruGreen has several features that help it stand out against its local lawn care competitors, including certified specialists, a mobile app, and guaranteed service. 

Certified Specialists

TruGreen-certified specialists must complete the company’s TruExpert Certification Program. Training involves developing customized lawn care plans based on the local climate, soil, grass type, and local lawn threats. Annual recertification is required for each specialist to ensure they stay up to date with the newest procedures.

Mobile App

An app for lawn care? Yes! With TruGreen’s mobile app, you can adjust your services, view your after-visit summary, pay your bill, and see real-time GPS service delivery notifications. 

Guaranteed Service

TruGreen’s lawn care plans, tree and shrub care, perimeter pest control, and mosquito control are all backed by TruGreen’s Guarantee. TruGreen guarantees complete satisfaction with the results. If you’re not satisfied, a specialist will return as many times as needed to resolve the issue. 

Final Word on TruGreen San Antonio 

TruGreen San Antonio has various services to help you become the go-to house for backyard barbecues. TruGreen promises you quality results, from a healthy lawn (thanks to fertilization) to mosquito control (so your friends don’t become the meal for mosquitoes). 

While TruGreen doesn’t offer a mowing service, LawnStarter has got you covered. 

Buyer’s Guide to Choosing a Lawn Care Company

Every neighbor you’ve talked to has a different lawn care company. It feels impossible to narrow down your choices. Some things to consider are the contract length, plan options, and location.

Length of Contract

Some lawn service companies may have you sign a contract when you sign up for treatment. Doing so locks you in with them for an agreed amount of time. You’ll want to consider how long of a contract you feel comfortable with when choosing a lawn care company. 

You wouldn’t want to be stuck paying a fee if you ended a contract sooner than the end date. On the other hand, if you know and trust the company, you might prefer a long contract because it’s one less thing you have to worry about.

Plan Options

It’s always nice to have options. Before committing to a lawn care company, compare their plan options with competitors. You might strike gold and find a good deal, or you might discover your preferred company doesn’t offer an essential service you need. 

It’s also advantageous to hire a company that meets most if not all of your needs. After all, hiring five different companies to handle your outdoor services is a lot to juggle at once. Keep your eyes out for a company that includes several services in its packaged plan options, such as combined lawn care and outdoor pest control. 


How quickly can a lawn care company arrive if you’re not satisfied with the results or have a new problem that needs immediate attention? With a local company, your concerns are more likely to be addressed and resolved quickly than had you hired a company miles away. 

FAQ About Lawn Care

Is It Bad if It Rains After My Lawn Was Fertilized?

Rain is beneficial after a lawn has received fertilizer. Rain allows the roots to better absorb the fertilizer, leading to optimal results. 

What Height Should I Cut My Grass Down To?

Bermudagrass, zoysia grass, and St. Augustine grass are common in San Antonio. Each has a different height they need to be cut down to: 

GrassRecommended mow height (inches)Mow when the grass reaches this height (inches)
Bermudagrass1 to 1.51.5 to 2.25
Zoysia grass0.5 to 10.75 to 1.5
St. Augustine grass2.5 to 33.75 to 4.5

When Is the Best Time of Day to Mow the Lawn?

Mid-morning is the best time to mow. If you mow too early in the morning, the grass will still have morning dew or irrigation from the sprinklers. But if you wait until mid-morning, the grass will have dried, and it won’t be too hot outside. 

You don’t want to mow in the middle of the day because it’s the hottest so you’ll be working twice as hard. The heat can also stress your lawn after mowing. 

Late afternoon is OK, but don’t mow too late because the night dew invites diseases to the freshly cut grass.

DIY Lawn Care

DIY lawn care is tough work, but it can also be rewarding. You’ll need to find a good balance between fertilization, aeration, overseeding, weed control, and of course, enjoying San Antonio on the weekends. You’ll also need to know which lawn products won’t make your lawn worse off. 

Is DIY lawn maintenance starting to sound like an uphill battle? If you’d rather brush up on some history and visit the Alamo than overwhelm yourself with lawn care, give TruGreen San Antonio a call. And remember, LawnStarter will take over your mowing, edging, and trimming.

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Janae Soules

Janae Soules

Janae Soules has a newly discovered love of gardening with her kids. She enjoys spending time in nature hiking, biking, or playing sports.