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NFT: TruGreen Chemlawn - What say you?

Young Elijah : 4/14/2017 3:35 pm
Hi All- Its that time of year again!

I had my first full year with my lawn last year, and overall it was fine but not as green, lush or soft as I would like it I'd rate it a 6.5-7 out of 10...really hoping to get it to a 9+! I inquired with TruGreen because my parents have had an amazing lawn with them for a few years now and got a pretty good deal of $360 for the full year of 7 treatments (aeration and overseeding would come in Sept for an additional $199). I have heard some shady stuff about them not doing the spraying/spreading completely or at all, doing a poor job and leaving brown spots, or weeds not dying.

I know its a franchise and the merger with Scotts could have changed things for better or worse, so I ask BBI, what say you? Worth it? I'm in central NJ if that helps.

i'll never understand  
cactus : 4/14/2017 4:10 pm : link
the obsession with having amazing grass. getting people to desire to dump toxic crap all over their property is one of the best marketing ploys in history.
RE: i'll never understand  
pjcas18 : 4/14/2017 4:15 pm : link
In comment 13428877 cactus said:
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the obsession with having amazing grass. getting people to desire to dump toxic crap all over their property is one of the best marketing ploys in history.


Not a surprising comment coming from a cactus.
Do it yourself!  
jlukes : 4/14/2017 4:30 pm : link
and they aren't going to be anything special to it.

I really think you only need 3 feedings max throughout the year in NJ - so for about a 1/2 acre of land that's under $200 worth of fertilizer.
I had TruGreen primarily to control weeds. They came every 8 weeks.  
Ivan15 : 4/14/2017 4:50 pm : link
Four weeks after each treatment, I had to get them out again to retreat because I still had weeds that should have been killed. They never objected or even questioned my opinion.

It took them all year before they got rid of all the weeds.

If they applied liquid nutrients or fertilizer, it was pretty ineffective.
And I agree with Jlukes  
pjcas18 : 4/14/2017 4:51 pm : link
even with their "5-step programs" after the cost of fertilizer you're basically paying some dude $60 a visit to ride around on a motorized scooter dropping fertilizer on your lawn.

Unless you just can't be inconvenienced going to lowe's or HD or wherever and buying fertilizer and spending 30 minutes pushing a spreader it's not worth it.

You will get the same results.
RE: And I agree with Jlukes  
Jim in Fairfax : 4/14/2017 5:14 pm : link
In comment 13428923 pjcas18 said:
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even with their "5-step programs" after the cost of fertilizer you're basically paying some dude $60 a visit to ride around on a motorized scooter dropping fertilizer on your lawn.

Unless you just can't be inconvenienced going to lowe's or HD or wherever and buying fertilizer and spending 30 minutes pushing a spreader it's not worth it.

You will get the same results.

With a broadcast spreader you can do it in less than 10.
RE: RE: And I agree with Jlukes  
pjcas18 : 4/14/2017 5:19 pm : link
In comment 13428951 Jim in Fairfax said:
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In comment 13428923 pjcas18 said:


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even with their "5-step programs" after the cost of fertilizer you're basically paying some dude $60 a visit to ride around on a motorized scooter dropping fertilizer on your lawn.

Unless you just can't be inconvenienced going to lowe's or HD or wherever and buying fertilizer and spending 30 minutes pushing a spreader it's not worth it.

You will get the same results.


With a broadcast spreader you can do it in less than 10.


Yeah, pretty close. For me I need to use two 15,000 square foot bags and I have a medium sized spreader so I need to re-fill the spreader and then load the other bag, so going back to the garage or the drive way and opening the new bag and pouring it in the spreader takes probably 10 minutes by itself but I have more than a half acre and not a tree on my property.

And I generally use a broadcast spreader; the only time I use the drop spreader is with pulverized lime, which I rarely use and it still doesn't take much longer than that.
I just signed on with TRUGREEN and got the Tru Complete plan.  
Sontz : 4/14/2017 7:56 pm : link
They came to my house about 5 days later and sprayed my entire lawn very thoroughly. I have a lot of bare spots with sandy soil so I am using them with high hopes. So far so good weeds are dying so now its the waiting game. I am documenting the season with digital pictures.
Price out the DIY option vs. a company  
aimrocky : 4/14/2017 10:52 pm : link
Here in CT the companies are fairly close to DIY. Last year I switched to a company mainly for the weed prevention. It ended up being about $50-75 more expensive annually, but spraying for weeds on my 1/2 acre property was a pain in the ass. I'd have to connect two reels of hoses to hit the furthest points. The additional cost was worth saving me the agita...
NO NO NO NO NO  
oghwga : 4/15/2017 7:45 am : link
Your lawn will become a chemically addicted, shallow-rooted, toxic waste dump with little microbic life left.

Call Naturalawn, Google them. Build your soil build healthy grass it will look ten times better, be ten times better and you can breathe the air when they treat your lawn.
RE: NO NO NO NO NO  
BMac : 4/15/2017 10:22 am : link
In comment 13429435 oghwga said:
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Your lawn will become a chemically addicted, shallow-rooted, toxic waste dump with little microbic life left.


100% correct.
Almost any of these providers  
pjcas18 : 4/15/2017 10:36 am : link
will use organic materials if you prefer including True Green.

We switched to organic lawn care 2 years ago  
buford : 4/15/2017 8:23 pm : link
and our lawn looks great. I spend a lot of time in the yard and I don't want to walk around in all those chemicals.
If your in central  
Bubba : 4/16/2017 9:36 am : link
Jersey contact Fairway Green Inc. :http://fairwaygreeninc.com/

We and some neighbors use them and have the greenest lawns in the neighborhood.
Anyone use tick control  
UConn4523 : 4/16/2017 9:44 am : link
? If so which one?
We use Tru Green  
Ron Johnson 30 : 4/16/2017 9:51 am : link
I'm DIYer on making things but prefer not to deal with the lawn. Our lawn always looks great.
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