TruGreen Lawn Care in Tampa Review

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You’re walking along Bayshore Boulevard and see the picturesque bay on one side and the beautiful, manicured grass on the other. Ever wish your lawn could look that stunning? Our review of TruGreen lawn care in Tampa will help you decide if its services will help your lawn look that picture-perfect.

We’ve researched nearly everything there is to know about TruGreen’s local Tampa branches so that you can find the best lawn care company that suits your needs (and your lawn’s). Though LawnStarter has an affiliate partnership with TruGreen, this TruGreen lawn care review is fair and unbiased.

TruGreen offers lawn care plans, tree and shrub care, and pest control. The company has been providing service for over 40 years, with its number one goal being to help you create the best green space you can have.

In this article, you’ll learn about TruGreen’s various services, how to receive an instant quote, and helpful lawn maintenance tips.

Table of Contents: 

TruGreen Tampa at a Glance

When you decide on TruGreen, you can check off many of your lawn care needs. Below you’ll find the services TruGreen offers, some services it doesn’t offer, and answers to common questions about TruGreen.

Basic Lawn Treatments
Fertilization
Soil amendments
Weed control
Aeration
Overseeding
Planting grass seed for a new lawn
Sod installation
Mulching
Lawn mowing
FAQ
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

TruGreen offers several lawn care plans in Tampa. We’ll cover the details of each plan down below, but first, let’s see what each plan includes:

  • Healthy Lawn Analysis: Gives you an inside look at your lawn’s specific needs based on the local climate, soil condition, and the lawn’s grass type. 
  • Healthy Lawn Guarantee: If you’re not satisfied with how your lawn looks in between scheduled visits, you can call back, and a TruGreen specialist will return to fix the problem.
  • TruGreen Specialist: Every TruGreen specialist is professionally trained to deliver a customized approach.

Who doesn’t love to save a little money? TruGreen runs a 50% discount off your first application. TruGreen has its website (www.trugreen.com) and a convenient mobile app to make changes to your services and make payments as a one-time payment or divided throughout the services.

Using TruGreen’s online ordering system, we did the research for you by requesting lawn care for various Tampa homes. TruGreen displayed the following plan options, and we’ve listed them below from most expensive to least expensive. Keep in mind that total costs will vary depending on lawn size and the treatment you sign up for. 

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

Don’t see the TruGreen plan you’re looking for? Call TruGreen Tampa facility for details. 

TruComplete Lawn Care Plan

The TruComplete Lawn Care Plan is a full package plan with 10 annual lawn treatments. Services include:

  • Aeration
  • Fertilization
  • Chinch bug prevention and control
  • Pre-emergent and targeted weed control
  • Soil amendments

While a TruGreen Specialist is performing the aeration, they will determine if your lawn can benefit from overseeding.

TruNatural Lawn Care Plan

The TruNatural Lawn Care Plan uses a 100% natural fertilizer to promote healthy lawn growth and thicken your lawn over time. Weed control is available upon request at no additional cost.

This plan is ideal for eco-friendly lawn owners who need to strengthen their turfgrass. But if your lawn is suffering from compacted soil or a chinch bug infestation, the TruComplete Lawn Care Plan is the better choice. 

TruHealth Lawn Care Plan

The TruHealth Lawn Care Plan also offers 10 applications. However, aeration services are not included in this plan. Treatment includes:

  • Fertilization
  • Chinch bug treatment and control
  • Pre-emergent and targeted weed control
  • Soil amendments

Overview 

ServiceTruCompleteTruNaturalTruHealth
Healthy Lawn Guarantee
Healthy Lawn Analysis
TruGreen Certified Specialist
Fertilization✓(Organic)
Aeration
Soil Amendments
Chinch Bug Control
Weed Control✓(Available upon request)

Day of Lawn Care: What to Expect

Your kids and pets are inside, and your gates are unlocked. It’s time for you to sit back and enjoy your Cuban sandwich while a TruGreen specialist treats your property.

Unable to be home during a scheduled visit? That’s OK. TruGreen specialists will close your gates once they finish the service. 

A service summary will be left at your front door to keep you informed. You can also check TruGreen’s website or mobile app anytime to view the service summary afterward.

After treatment:

  • Stay off treated areas for one to two hours to allow applications to dry
  • If there’s no rain in the forecast within two days after your lawn has received treatment, go ahead and give it one inch of water to ensure the nutrients will be properly delivered to the roots
  • You will have the opportunity to complete a survey on TruGreen’s website or app about your services and specialist

Other TruGreen Services

You’ve browsed the TruGreen lawn care plans, but you’re on the hunt for a little more. Ordering the TruNatural plan but want pest control, too? Add chinch bug control or mosquito control to your online shopping cart. TruGreen offers several outdoor services in addition to its lawn care plans. 

Keep in mind that TruGreen doesn’t offer lawn mowing. When you need someone to mow the lawn, turn to the LawnStarter pros

TruGreen displayed the following services in its online ordering system when we requested service for Tampa homes. Don’t see the service you’re looking for in the list below? Call TruGreen Tampa for further options. 

Chinch Bug Prevention and Control

Those chinch bugs… they make you want to pull your hair out! If you’ve lived in Tampa for any amount of time, you’re well aware these pests are a major problem. 

Chinch bugs cause brown or irregular patches in the lawn by sucking the juices out of your turfgrass. A TruGreen expert will assess the damage and treat your lawn accordingly, continuing to monitor at each service visit.

Mosquito Control

A TruGreen expert will spray your yard with a mosquito repellent that targets mosquito populations and offers protection within 24 hours. Even though this is a kid- and pet-safe treatment, it follows suit with the rest of TruGreen’s treatments with the recommendation of waiting at least an hour before resuming use of your yard.

Tree and Shrub Care

Enhance your home’s curb appeal with TruGreen’s tree and shrub services. When your trees and shrubs are wilting or looking off-color, a TruGreen expert will create a customized approach involving root zone fertilization, insect and mite control, and disease control.

Fire Ant Control

Have you ever stepped on a fire ant hill? It hurts and becomes extremely itchy, followed by bumps that stick around for entirely too long. TruGreen has a solution. It offers a fire ant control service that covers your entire yard with a preventative broadcast treatment and a targeted treatment for existing fire ant hills.

Perimeter Pest Control

TruGreen’s science-based perimeter pest control protects your home from those outdoor creepy-crawlies. Pests that are treated with TruGreen’s perimeter pest control service include:

  • Ants
  • Centipedes
  • Cockroaches
  • Earwigs
  • Kudzu bugs
  • Millipedes
  • Mud daubers
  • Paper wasps
  • Scorpions
  • Sowbugs
  • Spiders
  • Stink bugs

Pests that are not treated with TruGreen’s perimeter pest control service include:

  • Bed bugs
  • Bees
  • Fleas
  • German cockroaches
  • Hornets
  • Pharaoh ants
  • Rodents
  • Ticks
  • Wood destroying organisms like termites

How to Get an Instant Quote and Order Service Online

You can get an instant quote and order service online through TruGreen’s website in just a few clicks. 

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

Step 2: You will then select which problems you want to address.

Step 3: Enter your name, home address, phone number, and email address. 

Step 4: TruGreen will display its lawn care plans and prices. Select the services you want to order and then click ‘continue.’

Don’t see the service you’re looking for? Call your local TruGreen facility for further options.

TruGreen Tampa East
702 Kingsley Circle
Plant City, FL 33566
(813) 659-4100

TruGreen Tampa West
330 East Douglas Road
Oldsmar, FL 34677
(813) 855-4887

Step 5: For the final step, set up your payment plan for the requested services and check out. 

If you see a screen like this, you will need to use TruGreen’s aerial tool to draw your property’s measurements to receive a quote. Once you have finished, your customized quotes will appear on the next page.

TruGreen Tampa Customer Reviews

TruGreen has a Tampa East and a Tampa West location. We’ve gathered a few TruGreen reviews for each location so you can read for yourself what customers have to say.

TruGreen Tampa East

Positive Review:Prompt, detailed, effective. Great service and our lawn looks much fuller and greener. We’ve only had the service a few months here in Florida, but we had TruGreen in Ohio and Virginia prior to this relocation. Always a great job. Can’t wait to see how our lawn looks after a full year of their treatments!” Robin L. (Google review)

Negative Review: The entire experience has been a real headache. They spray and spray and the weeds never went away and the dead spots still remain, for months now! Then they will also schedule an “aeration” service without asking for my prior approval. I understand this may be needed once a year, but they want to do this (and charge me) way more than it is necessary. Expect high pressure to pay for more services while the weeds never go away, and when you call to cancel, expect to have to jump through hurdles for them to finally take “no” for an answer.” –John N. (Yelp review)

Positive Review: “Had a lawn service appointment this a.m. Discussed what he was going to do and I told him to let me know if he saw any problems. When complete, he and I discussed what he had found, what he had done and what to expect. The technician was extremely knowledgeable and professional.” –Rich P. (Google review)

TruGreen Tampa West

Negative Review: Service has been going downhill for almost a year. I’ve used them for quite a few years and as is usual with these types of companies, it started pretty well and the price was extremely aggressive for the first year. The next couple of years it was up and down service quality. Then last year’s service took a hit. Lawn treatment got so bad and poorly performed that I have many different types of weeds. Today I decided to call it quits and canceled my service. Now I understand why so many of my neighbors have dropped them and do not refer to them at all.” Alejandro N. (Google review)

Positive Review: “I have been a longtime customer of TruGreen because if something is not right they work to correct it. They take their work and customer inquiries and complaints seriously. I like the fact that the service tickets have the date, time, what was found, and how it was corrected.  In addition, the ticket states what I have to do for the lawn treatment to be successful and for my protection. I really like that the service is accessible by phone or their app. They are pleasant and address the issue and let me know how soon a technician or supervisor will be contacting me. TruGreen demonstrates that they value their customers.Sharon J. (Google review)

Positive Review: Your lawn techs are always spot on with service, scheduling and keeping us informed as to our lawns progress! Six months ago my lawn was lacking in volume and luster-not anymore!Judy L. (Google review)

Benefits of Lawn Care Services

Watering the lawn and hand-pulling weeds on Saturday mornings isn’t always enough to achieve the curb appeal you’re hoping for. Oftentimes the benefits from fertilizer, an aeration treatment, or a soil amendment are just what your lawn needs to reach its full potential. And when you hire a lawn care company like TruGreen, you can hand that lawn care to-do list over to a trained professional. 

Benefits of Fertilization

The first box to check off for a healthy lawn is fertilization. Fertilization provides your turf with nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, which are the key nutrients it needs. Poor soils often lack these essential nutrients, which is why fertilization is an important step. 

The combination of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium provides enhanced color and thickness, helps with the development of healthy roots and stems, and builds your grass thicker cell walls so it can tolerate stress.

Benefits of Aeration

Aerating a lawn relieves compacted soil by removing plugs of soil from the ground. The holes allow the lawn to receive necessary nutrients, water, and oxygen, and they encourage roots to grow into the available space.

Core aeration also helps to remove thatch from the lawn. Thatch is a layer of living and dead plant material that forms between the grass and soil. A thin layer of thatch benefits the lawn by providing insulation during colder months. But when the layer becomes too thick, you’ll need to dethatch your lawn. Benefits of dethatching the lawn include:

  • The grass receiving more sunlight
  • Fertilizer becomes more effective
  • Grassroots receive needed oxygen
  • New root growth is encouraged
  • Disease and pests are less likely to invade the lawn

Perform aeration every one or two years if your lawn has heavy foot traffic and every two to four years if it receives moderate foot traffic. 

Benefits of Soil Amendments

When a soil amendment is applied to the lawn, it improves the soil’s structure, water retention, and ability to receive nutrients. 

Organic matter is an important soil amendment that adds beneficial microorganisms to the lawn. It also helps to improve drainage in clay and sandy soils. Other soil amendments include lime and sulfur, which help adjust the soil’s pH level.

Benefits of Weed Control

Your kids might enjoy picking dandelions in the front yard, but you’d rather not see these weeds in your grass. Weed control is a necessary step for a healthy lawn. Why? Because weeds are thieves that take the sunlight, water, and nutrients intended for the turfgrass.

Benefits of Overseeding

Over time, your lawn might thin for several reasons, such as heavy foot traffic, drought, an unusual freeze, or excessive heat. That’s where overseeding comes into play. The thinning spots will be brought back to fullness by planting new grass seed.

Not only does the new growth from overseeding revitalize your lawn’s fullness and beauty, but it also helps the lawn crowd out weeds and tolerate pest damage.  

TruGreen Highlights

It can be difficult to distinguish what sets one lawn care company apart from another. Here are a few things that help TruGreen stand out in The Big Guava.

Mobile App

You already have an app for banking, fitness, music, and everything else in your life, why not have an app for lawn care, too? TruGreen’s mobile app allows you to view your post-visit service summary, pay your bill, adjust your service, and receive real-time GPS notifications for service deliveries. 

Healthy Lawn Guarantee

If you sign up for a TruGreen lawn care plan, you automatically receive the TruGreen Healthy Lawn Guarantee. It’s a guarantee that homeowners will be happy with the results that TruGreen has promised. If you’re not satisfied, a TruGreen specialist will return in between scheduled visits as many times as needed to remedy the problem. 

There is no charge for return visits. A TruGreen specialist will also offer advice on watering and mowing to contribute to your healthy lawn. 

Commitment to the Environment

You want a beautiful lawn, but you don’t want to harm the environment. All TruGreen products are registered for use with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Even more, there are deflector guards on all TruGreen spreaders to limit the amount of over-spray. 

TruGreen also offers 100% natural fertilizer when you sign up for the TruNatural Lawn Care Plan. TruGreen’s commitment to the environment doesn’t stop with its lawn care services–– It uses route optimization to conserve fuel and limit the emission of greenhouse gasses.

Final Word on TruGreen Tampa

With TruGreen Tampa’s local lawn care, you can check off many of your yard work needs, such as fertilization, aeration, chinch bug treatment, mosquito control, weed control, fire ant control, and tree and shrub care. You will also feel relief with TruGreen’s Healthy Lawn Guarantee. 

If the last box you need to check off is lawn mowing, LawnStarter can assist with that.

Buyer’s Guide to Choosing a Lawn Care Company

The number of service companies for lawn care can be intimidating. Here are a few helpful things to consider when choosing.

Number of Visits

Lawns need regular upkeep, especially during the summer. If a company’s number of scheduled visits doesn’t satisfy your lawn’s needs, you might prefer a company that offers more frequent applications. After all, you may see an increase in weeds or lawn pests if they’re not handled on a regularly scheduled basis.

Product Safety 

The safety of your kids and pets is of the utmost importance to you. It would benefit you to ask a lawn care company if the products they use are EPA-registered and whether they have organic lawn care options. 

When a product is EPA-registered, it means that when used according to the directions, it should not have adverse effects on your health or the environment. And remember, most companies have a period of time that you will need to stay off your lawn after treatment. It’s worth noting how long that period of time is when choosing a lawn care company.

Company Size

Deciding between a small family-owned business and a large corporation? There are pros and cons to both. 

Small family-owned businesses often prioritize building personable relationships with customers. Why? Because both the business owners, employees, and customers share a community. When you support a local lawn care business, you’re also supporting members of your community. 

On the other hand, a small business typically has fewer employees and resources than a large business, making it harder to schedule multiple services. A large lawn care company usually has the resources, finances, and staff to handle multiple customers and provide a wide range of service options. 

Another advantage to hiring a large lawn care company is flexibility. If you were to relocate to a different city or state, you would likely be able to continue the same services with the company’s local branch. 

FAQ About Lawn Care

What’s the Best Type of Grass in Tampa?

St. Augustine grass, Bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, and centipedegrass are all warm-season grasses that thrive in Tampa’s subtropical climate. They go dormant in the winter, but with proper care, they will return to their green growing stage in spring.

How Often Do I Need to Mow My Lawn?

Mowing frequency varies on the season. Warm-season grasses usually need mowing once a week during the summer. Spring and fall mowing is less frequent because your grass won’t be growing as fast. Once your lawn goes dormant in the winter, it won’t require mowing. 

A general rule of thumb is to never cut off more than one-third of the grass blade in a single cut. Why? Because it can induce stress upon the grass leaving it more susceptible to diseases or pests.

Besides Chinch Bugs, What Other Lawn Pests Do I Need to Watch For?

Mole crickets, sod webworms, armyworms, and grubs are among the most common lawn pests in Tampa. They can cause havoc on your lawn in a short amount of time. The good news? They’re all treatable.

DIY Lawn Care

You want a beautiful, dense lawn, but perhaps you underestimated the extent of maintenance it would require. After all, it can feel like a completely different language deciphering bags of fertilizer or seed mixtures (not to mention which one is best for your lawn). 

You’ll also need to establish a balancing act of watering and mowing. Add in occasional fertilizing, dethatching, and aerating, and now the weekend is already over with all the lawn work. Let’s not even get started about how many tools you need to perform regular maintenance on your lawn.

And remember: Lawns still require maintenance even during football season. If you would rather watch the Buccaneer’s game, then hiring a pro might be the best option for you. Need a soil and turf expert to revive your ailing lawn? Hire a TruGreen expert from a local Tampa branch. Leave the mowing, edging, and trimming to your local LawnStarter pros

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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.