About TruGreen

Now that spring has sprung and your lawn is beginning to grow again, you’ve probably seen ads popping up everyone for TruGreen. In fact, you’ve probably seen the large TruGreen trucks in your area on more than one occasion. This lawn, shrub, and tree maintenance company claims to take a scientifically tailored approach to lawn and landscape care, and to provide it with the attention it needs in order to remain healthy.

But does TruGreen really live up to its promises? Let’s get our hands dirty and find out.

Quick Facts About TruGreen

As the self-proclaimed leader of the professional U.S. lawn care industry, TruGreen claims to provide regularly scheduled maintenance visits that take the complexity out of lawn care, while improving its health and overall beauty.

First, TruGreen will send a local specialist to your home, which are claimed to be trained by agronomic experts through their TruExpert Certification Program. During this visit, the specialist will conduct a Healthy Lawn Analysis® of your yard, which allows them to formulate a plan specifically tailored to meet your needs based on climate, region, and season. From there, you’ll then need to choose your lawn care plan, which include:

  • TruComplete – TruGreen’s premiere, most comprehensive plan that claims to give your lawn “everything it needs to flourish.” Focused on increasing density, creating a deep green color, and preventing weed growth and insect infestation.
  • TruHealth – This mid-level plan claims to improve your lawn’s moisture, prevent weeds, and to provide essential nutrients.
  • TruMaintenance – A basic plan that provides nutrients and prevents weeds.

TruGreen also offers tree & shrub care plans that work very similar to the lawn plans. In other words, your specialist will focus on things such as improving soil moisture, preventing fungus growth and insect infestation, root zone fertilization, and even scientifically formulated targeted trunk injection.

According to the TruGreen website, your specialist will visit your home once every 7 weeks depending on your plan, which can be adjusted in order to provide “superior” results.

TruGreen Pricing & Refund Policy

TruGreen claims that their plans often cost less than what it would for you to perform the same level on maintenance on your own, and their website provides the ability to estimate costs based on your yard’s size, your specific concerns (e.g. weeds, thinning grass, insect activity, etc.), and more.

With this in mind, prices start at:

  • TruComplete – $528 per year
  • TruHealth – $357 per year
  • TruMaintenance – $282 per year
  • Tree & Shrub Plans – $399 per year

If you pay for your plan a year in advance, you can save 10% off the total price.

TruGreen claims that they provide guaranteed results, and that they will visit as often as necessary in between scheduled visits in order to give you the best results. However, this guarantee only applies to “full” plan customers.

To inquire more about TruGreen’s guarantee or to gain a better idea of cost, contact customer service at 866-369-9539.

What Do Other Consumers Have to Say About TruGreen?

TruGreen was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Memphis, TN. The company is accredited with the Better Business Bureau, however, because each branch is a locally owned franchise, there are numerous entries on the BBB website, each of which have their own ratings and list of complaints.

While most Better Business Bureau ratings were in the B range, the online customer reviews we found during our research told a very different story. Overall, it appears that TruGreen has an extremely poor online customer reputation, with the most common complaints citing failure to see results (and in many instances, customers’ lawns actually got worse), numerous unwanted sales calls, that you can likely achieve the same results for less money, missed appointments, difficulty cancelling contracts (e.g. specialists would still show up repeatedly after cancellation), unauthorized additional services, and much, much more.

What’s the Bottom Line About TruGreen?

The phrase “time is money” has never been more relevant than today, when it seems like we have more things to do, and less time to do them in. As such, it can be tempting to hand over control of your lawn to a professional company like TruGreen, and to let them handle all the time-consuming dirty work. However, based on our research, you may want to think twice before signing up for a contract. Here’s why:

First, keep in mind that TruGreen only handles fertilization, aeration, weed and insect control, and pH maintenance. In other words, you’ll still be required to mow and water your own lawn, which are often the most time-consuming aspects of lawn maintenance. While the company claims to be able to discuss mowing techniques with you, they will not mow it themselves.

Next, despite their claimed commitment to excellence, there are thousands of negative online customer reviews about TruGreen. Admittedly, it would be one thing if each complaint cited something different, but nearly every one we read referenced one or more of the following:

  • Failure to see results (and in many instances, customers’ lawns actually got worse). And it’s often the case that when you try to call and let them know it’s not working, they’ll make it seem like it’s your fault (e.g. the grass was walked on too much, brown spots are due to pets, etc.).
  • Numerous unwanted sales calls and high-pressure sales tactics.
  • That you can likely achieve the same results for less money.
  • Multiple missed appointments.
  • Difficulty cancelling contracts (e.g. specialists would still show up repeatedly after cancellation) and then attempt to charge customers for the visit.
  • Unauthorized additional services (e.g. adding an extra treatment, etc.)

…and much, much more. In fact, these only scratch the surface of some of the most common online complaints related to TruGreen.

All in all, except in rare instances, it doesn’t appear that TruGreen consistently delivers on its promises. As such, we might recommend researching other local lawn maintenance companies to use instead.

See Also: 5 Tips For Achieving the Greenest Grass on the Block this Spring

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9 Customer Reviews for TruGreen

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  • Nothing but a scam

    • ON,
    • Nov 29, 2016

    They knock at your door, force you to buy their services or keep calling you until you end up being scammed. Then they threaten you with damaging your credit rating.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Don't waste your money, please read my review.

    • Ankeny, Iowa,
    • Nov 5, 2016

    I worked at Trugreen in Ankeny Iowa for about three months. Basically, as a new employee you are trained about "safety" and company cores, such as integrity, customer satisfaction, and company goals. After about three days of training, you are out on a route for field training. The in-class training is nothing like the field training. You learn real quick that everybody at the company does nothing they are supposed to. Well, I shouldn't say everyone, there are a select few that have morals and are against taking advantage of paying customers. Long story short the company is based on production, all they care about is numbers. You will get numerous calls and messages throughout the day stating about how you need to get more stops done, if you bust butt all day you need to help others out. It's horrible, literally, it gets to the point where you show up at a house, you go balls to the walls to get it done, and move on. The reason I quit is because I honestly couldn't handle ripping off good paying customers. If you choose Trugreen pray you get a tech who actually cares. I would say the company only cares about money, and there are a select amount of employees that will care about your lawn. Don't believe me? That's fine continue your service, you may have lucked out and got a good tech. Remember anybody that is working 60 hours a week normally doesn't care about the work they do, especially when you're only making 12 bucks an hour.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Worst Experience Ever

    Met with sales person April of 2016 and walked the yard. Assured me they'd take care of everything we were seeing and my lawn would look terrific. Extremely quick to take and process my payment which was for a full year in advance.

    2 weeks later a technician shows up and we walk the yard. He proceeds to point out everything that they WON'T be able to take care of, much of which was the main reason I hired them. No problem, we'll give them a try because, hey, they'll retreat for free and I can always cancel at any time.

    First month treatment, I get a note on my door that the tech has been there and spread nearly 40 gallons of product. I'm home at the time and don't see or hear anything. Nobody in my yard, no truck pulling up - nothing. The note says tech was here for 12 minutes. Over the course of a month, I notice a couple of weed patches disappear but far less effective than my own treatments. I called and asked about it but was told they just treated and it takes time to take effect.

    Month 2 - 2nd treatment, same thing. Note on the door that the tech's been here and nearly 40 gallons of product spread. The note says tech was here for 7 minutes. Again I'm at home and don't see or hear anything. Another month subtracted from my balance. I wait a couple of weeks and finally call because I still have weeds that I used to treat with Ortho Weed B Gone just fine. One whole side of my house looks completely untreated and I'm 2 months in at this point.

    I used to put down Scott's Bonus S by now and my yard would explode with growth - I'd have to mow twice a week to keep up. I call. The manager comes out and says we should be able to rid the lawn of these weeds easily but we just treated and we don't want to stress the lawn. Let's give it another 2 weeks and if still there, we'll retreat. 2 weeks later weeds still there so I call again.

    A week later another note at my door that the tech's been out. The note says tech was here 7 minutes and nearly 90 gallons of product have been applied. Again I'm home and don't see or hear anything. My neighbor comes over later and asks if I'm satisfied with my lawn service and I said "I'm not sure. Why?" He says your yard service guy pulled up as I was going into the back yard to turn off and roll up my hose. I couldn't have been gone more than 3 minutes and when I came back he was gone.

    I got online the next day and looked at my account and sure enough, another month’s treatment has been deducted from my balance. By now I'm wise to the "retreatment" scam. I wrote in requesting a manager contact me. I waited 2 days and then called. Had to leave a message. I waited another week. Then I wrote in and said NO more treatments until a manager contacts me. I also called and said the same thing. At around this time, Scott's was merging with Trugreen. I called in again after another 2 weeks when I didn’t hear from anyone and said I wanted to cancel. Much of the miscommunication was blamed on the transition.

    They were very cordial and asked what they could do to keep my business. I explained everything "again" and was told they took detailed notes and that a manager would contact me. It was another week before someone contacted me. It was a new tech letting me know he would be out the next day for another scheduled treatment. I told him no way. No more treatments and that I couldn't talk right then.

    He shows up the next day anyway so we walked the yard and I point out everything. He agrees the treatments should be working if applied. No treatment made. They've treated April, May, and June so far. Plenty of time to know whether treatment is working and it isn't. My yard isn't special or complicated.

    A manager comes out a couple of days later and again apologizes for the transition. We walk the yard again and I point out again areas that should be weed free and strong growth and he agrees. I mention that the tech comes and goes in minutes and my yard doesn’t look as though it’s being treated properly. He apologizes again and asks to allow them to retreat and get the ball rolling satisfactorily. Fine. By now we’re nearing the end of July and my yard hasn’t been treated this month.

    I get a call from a different, new tech and he’s at my front gate for a treatment. I walk the yard with him and point out things. He treats my lawn with 5 gallons of product and 50 lbs of dry product. He’s here for 30 minutes. The next day I look at my account and it’s now under Trugreen and the Scotts account history is gone. Another treatment has been subtracted and it’s at a higher rate than before. New invoice look and no more time details. I call in and ask them to correct it. That it should’ve been a re-treatment and that the rate was incorrect as well. They’ll have to get a manager involved because they can’t see the Scotts history to know what I was being billed at.

    A week goes by and the account is still unchanged. I call in again about it and also inquire about the treatment of a particular weed since it’s starting to cool down. They’ve been saying it’s been too hot to treat for it. A week later I get a call for another scheduled treatment. By this time I’m completely done. I called to cancel and they again asked what they could do to keep my business. I asked for a manager to call me. The same manager I spoke to before called me the next day and asked what they could do to keep my business. I explained that I wasn’t even sure I received the first 2 or 3 treatments and that I would stay if they credited me back 2 months.

    He said the technician was an 18-year veteran and that he would only credit me back 1-month treatment. I told him that my yard didn’t look like it was being taken care of by an 18-year veteran and that I still had weeds that I normally got rid of myself with no trouble. I questioned whether he even showed up the first couple of times and let him know what my neighbor said. He stood by his 18-year veteran tech and one month offer.

    I said thank you and please proceed with my cancellation. A week later I called and asked what the status was and they said it was "just processed today and that I would get back on the same credit card I used." I waited a week checking my credit card and no credit. I called back in and they said it was being processed through their corporate office and that I would receive a check in about 2 weeks - sheesh.

    What I have left out of this experience is the fact that my immediate next door neighbor used a different lawn service so I was able to compare. Their lawn service techs were seen every month walking around the yard, spraying and treating. I could hear their trucks pull up and I watched them. They would consistently spend 20-30 minutes in the yard. Maybe the length of time spent has nothing to do with anything but my results and the differences in the yards seemed to support that my tech was slacking or inefficient. Certainly not the work of an 18-year veteran!

    I had also called a couple of extra times to get the amount of the refund corrected since they started billing at an incorrect rate. I finally gave up and will be happy to just get a partial refund back and not have to deal with them anymore. If you’re thinking of using them – Don’t. These people were super nice every time I spoke to them and they genuinely seemed like they wanted to do a good job. But there was such a huge disconnect from day 1 and they just never improved.

    The treatments and their effectiveness were suspect from the start and their robotic billing was frustrating. I can honestly say that using Scotts Bonus S and Ortho Weed B Gone together gave me better results than the Scotts, and now Trugreen, Professional Lawn Service. That they would allow a customer to leave their service and write a review like this over $40 should also tell you something. My advice as a homeowner and real estate agent is to save your money or at the very least find another company. My neighbor used Heron and the difference was considerable. Good luck and happy yarding.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Not worth even trying

    I will keep this short. They started out good but the last few years were absolutely horrible. They said things like weeds are coming from my neighbors, my weeds are out of control. How could the weeds be out of control when they been doing my lawn since it was brand new.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Trugreen is not what they say!

    I tried Trugreen because I was told they guaranteed satisfaction. My yard has never looked so bad. I called weekly concerning weeds and crab grass. They would send someone out, but no results. Finally I told them I wanted to terminate my contract, then they were concerned.

    I asked for a refund and was told that their guarantee was that they would have someone come spray, not that there would be results.

    I was very disappointed in their service. If I could give less than one star I would!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Horrible Deceptive Business Practices

    Here is the email I sent False Green after my horrible Deceptive experience:

    Sharme, Renee, Austin (Or whoever else will listen):

    I called and inquired about a lawn treatment for my yard in late Feb/early March. The man on the phone explained to me a seven time LAWN treatment. The first treatment would be half price ($44) and then from there it would be $88. I was fine with that. They told me that TruGreen would be by every 4-6 weeks to do my treatments on my lawn. I never discussed trees and shrubs with the man on the phone. It never came up and I never asked about it.

    My first treatment was on March 11th. It was just fine. As the weeks went by I thought TruGreen would show up again at some point to do my second treatment. At four weeks I checked the website and it said every 4-6 weeks. So I was patient and waited. Weeds began to spring up in my yard. By six weeks I was getting a little nervous but did not inquire based on the assumption that they are being professionals and have the PGA contract and all that crap. I decided to buy some Weed killer Spray ($40) at home Depot and Spray some of the weeds myself and then the guys would be by soon to to reinforce my lawn and give it my second treatment.

    So 8 weeks later, a TruGreen man shows up on May 4th and begins to examine my trees and shrubs. He tries to sell my wife some bill of goods about how all my trees are dying. He then tells her this was complimentary. My wife calls me and tells me that the man did nothing to our yard and worked on our tress and shrubs. What in the World? I am getting upset at this point so I call customer service. My first point was that it has been 8 weeks since my last treatment. Is this very good customer service? I am in the customer service business and I would not have a job if I treated my customers the way TruGreen treated me at this point.

    I call customer service and begin to speak with Sharme. I explain my situation and she says that I have a trees and shrubs contract along with my lawn service. I was so ticked off that TruGreen would deceptively sign me up for a tree and shrubs contract without my knowledge and without any prior information. I will be writing reviews on all internet review sites about their deceptive business practices (bait and switch) and how it takes at least 2 months to get a second lawn service when you sign up. Their website and information about a treatment being done 4-6 weeks is a deceptive lie as well. Sharme keeps telling me that she canceled my trees and shrubs contract. I get upset because I never should have that contract to begin with. I discussed and signed up for a 7 treatments for my lawn. Again, nothing else was explained to me in the contract and should I have known, I would never have agreed to this.

    I would like someone to explain to me how I got signed up for a trees and shrubs service when it was never offered. I will expect a phone call or email back with this answer or I will take this further and higher up the chain at TruGreen (Test me). I requested a cancellation on every service from TruGreen because I have lost all trust in their business practice. This will be explained on all review sites I comment on. Sharme sent me a confirmation by email as requested yesterday.

    This morning I checked my credit card tied to my TruGreen account and there is an $88 charge pending. The rep at our house insisted this tree and shrub service was complementary to my wife. Sharme insisted I had a tree and shrub contract and it would need to be canceled. What a freaking joke these guys are. So help me, if this $88 charge goes through I will fight like hell. In fact, in my business, if I was this bad to customers I would refund all money already spent and apologize profusely. This is so deceptive it's not even funny. All I wanted was lawn service, and even 8 weeks later I couldn't even get that from the PGA specialists. Maybe you can get Tiger Woods to be your spokesperson because you've probably screwed as many people as he has.

    Please let me know ASAP about my $88 phony deceptive charge for trees and shrubs. Also, let me when I can expect to get my $44 back for the first treatment to reimburse me for the Weed killer I had to buy. I would be happy to explain my situation again to anyone that would actually give a crap about my concerns. Thanks False-Green.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Worse Service and Customer Service I have ever dealt with!

    It has been a nightmare dealing with all levels of TruGreen personnel. I signed up for lawn service with them. Month after month I called to let them know no changes were happening with my lawn. At first they asked me to wait a few months for me to see the results. After 4-5 months, I finally decided to meet with the service technician in person to complain. It turns out they were only servicing part of my lawn. (Why? I don't know. It is a continuous lawn but for some reason they decided to stop at a certain point.) When I called to complain again, and after being transferred time and time again to different levels of management, they said they would refund me the last payment and try to work something out with my lawn. I never received the refund and never heard from them again. I have continued calling only to be transferred from manager to manager with no results. Finally, my last call to them was for them to inform me that they couldn't do anything about it. A nightmare. Basically, I am out of close to $1000 and with a lawn that looks the worse it has ever been. Be careful with this company.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Scammed right off the bat

    My appointment was supposed to be next Monday. I had 2 visits this Monday. The first guy told me it was my fourth installment. Well I just got it and it was my first. I told him I was expecting someone to go over my yard with me, he said he was not told this. Later in the day someone rang our doorbell. Before we could get to the door we saw a TruGreen truck driving away. He left a statement in the mailbox that he had spread 277 pounds of lime. He wasn't there 20 minutes. Even the time stamp says this. We had just arrived home 30 minutes before and no TruGreen truck. No evidence at all of lime and there is no way he could have done this.

    So showed up on wrong date, no explanation of services or yard and a scam for lime service.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 7 people found this review helpful

    TruGreen is a True Scam

    • London Ontario,
    • May 15, 2015

    After I canceled my contract they are claiming that they did service on my lawn which is a complete lie. I have been home and they neither called nor rang the bell and they did not touch anything. The service is claimed to provide weed control but there was no touch on my lawn, nothing at all. The funny thing is that the contract was about the whole lawn including my back yard which cannot be reached without me knowing as it is always locked. I called the liars and they said the imaginary technician will call me but never did. I have been told that they will follow up with collection and I cannot do anything. I am moving out of country shortly and cannot sue them, and cannot let them ruin my credit history either, I guess I just have to pay them, lie pays here. That's a sham

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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