TruGreen and Weed Man are two of the most popular lawn care companies. Both have been around since the 1970s, building their expertise and expanding their plan offerings over the past five decades.
Though the companies are similar at first glance, which one is right for you will depend on your individual lawn and priorities. The This Old House Reviews Team has thoroughly compared TruGreen and Weed Man and broken down our findings in this in-depth review.
TruGreen vs. Weed Man: Overview
TruGreen and Weed Man are both established names in the lawn care industry with decades of experience.
TruGreen has five annual plans plus a la carte services such as pest control. It also offers bonus customer service offerings such as a mobile app and an extensive FAQs page.
TruGreen stands out from competitors for its variety of annual plans covering everything from soil amendments to aeration. All plans are backed by TruGreen’s Healthy Lawn Guarantee, which guarantees a specialist will return to your lawn as many times as needed between treatments to ensure your services are effective.
Weed Man Overview
Weed Man began in Canada before spreading to the United Kingdom and United States, where it now has more than 250 locations across 37 states. Though the lawn care company started as a weed control provider, it has grown to cover many services including mosquito and perimeter pest control.
In addition to traditional services such as fertilization — using a signature granular product — Weed Man offers all kinds of specialized weed control, protecting against everything from nutsedge to dallisgrass. Most lawn care companies only offer basic pre-emergent and targeted weed control.
TruGreen vs. Weed Man: Plans and Services
TruGreen and Weed Man both offer an array of services. TruGreen offers five distinct annual plans in addition to a la carte services, while Weed Man offers many different independent services tailored to your lawn as opposed to set plans.
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TruGreen offers three core annual plans: TruHealth, TruComplete, and TruSignature.
It also offers a basic TruMaintenance plan including fertilization plus preemergent and targeted weed control. Environmentally conscious homeowners can select the TruNatural plan, which uses natural fertilizer. You can add weed control to this program at no extra cost.
TruGreen’s a la carte services include the following:
- Grub control and prevention
- Lawn aeration and overseeding
- Lawn disease analysis and treatment
- Lawn fertilization
- Outdoor pest control
- Perimeter pest control
- Soil amendment
- Weed control
Weed Man Plans
Weed Man offers tailored plans based on your needs and location. Homeowners with different needs will get different full-program treatments.
Weed Man’s lawn services include the following:
- Core aeration
- Grub prevention and control
- Lawn disease control
- Moss and unwanted grass control
- Mosquito control
- Organic lawn dressing
- Pest control
- Soil care and pH adjustments
- Surface insect control
- Vegetation control
- Weed control
TruGreen vs. Weed Man: Cost
Cost matters when choosing a lawn care service. Below, we compare pricing for TruGreen and Weed Man to help you build your budget.
Using TruGreen’s online form, we obtained the following estimates for annual lawn care plans for a 9,000-square-foot yard in Atlanta, Georgia:
- TruComplete: $962.95
- TruHealth: $640.90
- TruMaintenance: $617.20
TruGreen breaks down each plan’s total cost into eight payments throughout the year. To get a quote for the TruSignature plan, you will need to speak to a company representative over the phone.
Weed Man Cost
Weed Man doesn’t provide instant online quotes; rather, the company requires an on-site evaluation to provide an estimate. We found sample pricing on Weed Man’s website for its Enhanced Program. The total cost came to $1,050 for the following services on a roughly 8,500-square-foot lot:
- Fall fertilizer and weed management
- Moss management
- Spring fertilizer and weed management
- Summer fertilizer and weed management
You can add services such as aeration and overseeding for an additional fee.
TruGreen vs. Weed Man: Availability
TruGreen is available in every state except Alaska.
Weed Man Availability
Weed Man currently services 37 states plus Washington D.C. Availability varies by ZIP code and it does not have locations in the following states:
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
TruGreen vs. Weed Man: Customer Reviews
TruGreen and Weed Man both have multiple Better Business Bureau (BBB) profiles, each for different locations. BBB accreditations and ratings vary.
TruGreen’s headquarters page is accredited and holds an A+ rating. Here’s what some customers had to say about TruGreen:
“Great customer service. Totally worth [it] to check out.” –Kryptonitechic
“I have had a great experience with TruGreen. Everyone from the people who answer the phones to the technicians have been very helpful and polite. When I call with a problem, they are eager to do what needs to be done and respond quickly. They have been treating my lawn for buttonweed, which is very hard to get rid of. I have tried unsuccessfully for 10 years to do this on my own with help from garden center supplies, and it only got worse. I am pleased to say that after less than 5 months, they have almost completely eradicated these weeds from my lawn and when I find any coming up again, they send a technician to treat any new seedlings that arise. My lawn is really looking good and I recommend TruGreen for lawn service.” –Dorothy R.
“We were promised a service with applications every 5 weeks with additional applications for weed control at no extra charge. We never got the in between weed control and most recently we were charged $117 rather than $58 for our service then told there was a grub application even though we told them we didn’t want any insect control, just weeds. The call center was very rude when inquiring about the charges, their line was we did a service and charged you for it.” –Brian S.
Weed Man Reviews
Here’s what some customers had to say about Weed Man:
“This is the first year I have used a lawn service since buying my home. I always thought it would cost too much. Weed Man had many plans and I was able to find one that worked in my budget. Before they came out, my lawn was just ugly and I was losing hope. I spoke with a CSR at Weed Man after watching videos on their website and he said they could fix me up. After just a few weeks it looks 100% better. Thanks Weed Man.” –Jason H.
“We were very happy with our lawn care from Weed Man. I think they did a wonderful job. My lawn is beautiful!” –Lorna M.
“This business rings our doorbell multiple times every year no matter how many times we tell them that we do not want their services. They have now begun doing it after 7:30 p.m., when our children are asleep. Their people are clearly uniformed with bright yellow Weed Man logo safety outfits. They hire such young and cheap labor to canvass our neighborhoods that I cannot expect that they desire or expect any sort of quality feedback or performance from them.” –Kevin G.
Though TruGreen and Weed Man are both excellent lawn care options, the This Old House Reviews Team ultimately recommends TruGreen. The company lays out each of its five comprehensive plans on its website, so customers know what they’re getting. It also offers numerous a la carte services to customize your lawn care and robust customer service including a mobile app. Weed Man may be a better choice if you’re dealing with specific weeds, such as dallisgrass or nutsedge.
We recommend requesting quotes from at least three companies before selecting a lawn care provider. If you’re interested in a free quote from TruGreen, call 866-817-2287 or fill out this easy form.
FAQ About TruGreen vs. Weed Man
Our Rating Methodology
The This Old House Reviews Team backs up our lawn recommendations with a detailed rating methodology that we use to objectively score each provider. We review lawn care plans and packages, navigate the provider website and speak with customer service representatives, request quotes, and analyze customer reviews for each provider. We then score the provider against our review standards for plan options, additional benefits and customizability, availability, trustworthiness, and customer service to arrive at a final score out of 100.
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