Why You Should Hire a Professional For Lawn Fertilization | TruGreen

Why You Should Hire a Professional For Lawn Fertilization

By TruGreen May 1, 2023
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A great lawn is an investment — one that, when cared for properly, can improve your home’s curb appeal. Fertilization is a common cost homeowners face when it comes to lawn care, which explains why people sometimes opt to do it themselves. In our experience, though, DIY lawn care isn’t always what’s best for your lawn. Improper fertilization (such as applying the wrong amount of fertilizer or using the wrong nutrients for your grass) can impact your turf’s growth potential. And that can be a costly mistake to make. Here, we’ll break down the common costs of lawn fertilization services. You’ll also discover some of the non-financial costs that can come as a result of trying to take fertilization into your own hands (such as your time and potential mistakes). Here, you can learn all about the cost of lawn fertilization and how your lawn may benefit from TruGreen’s expertise.

Factors That Can Influence The Cost of Lawn Fertilization

The cost to fertilize a lawn depends on several factors, including your lawn size, location and what kind of fertilizer is being used. Your grass type (warm-season or cool-season) and existing state of your lawn can also influence the number on your bill. However, our experts are highly-trained to take all of these factors into consideration. We apply the precise amount of fertilizer needed to help your lawn thrive.

Lawn Size

The bigger the lawn, the more fertilizer necessary to give it the nutrients it needs for optimal growth. And the more fertilizer used, the more your service will cost. So the cost to fertilize a one-acre lawn, will typically be higher than the cost to fertilize a few square feet. 


We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Lawn care isn’t one-size-fits-all. One of the biggest factors that can influence what type of fertilization service you get hinges on where you live. Local conditions — such as your grass type and soil condition — can affect when, and how often, you fertilize your lawn. And, this can affect the price of your service. Our experts are trained to take these considerations into account and can work with you to develop a tailored plan that suits your needs and budget. 

Fertilizer Type

For those wondering “how much does fertilizer cost?”, the truth is, it varies. There are a lot of different types of fertilizer available, after all. At TruGreen, we use a range of formulations that vary how much nitrogen, potassium and other nutrients are in the formula. Your lawn fertilization cost will depend on the type of fertilizer used, as well as how much is needed to treat your lawn effectively.

Other Factors That Can Affect Your Lawn Fertilization Service Cost

Climate and grass types typically play the biggest role in determining the cost of your fertilization service. But they’re not the only factors. Local regulations that mandate or prohibit the use of certain fertilizers can also impact the cost of fertilization. Truthfully, it can be a lot to take into consideration. That’s why we recommend working with a local TruGreen expert for your lawn fertilization. We can take all of these factors into consideration and develop a custom plan that’s right for your lawn.

Is It Cheaper To Fertilize Your Own Lawn?

If you’re on a tight budget, buying a few bags of fertilizer from your nearest hardware store and throwing it on your grass may seem tempting. While store-brand fertilizer may be affordable, you can’t guarantee you’re applying the right amount of fertilizer, or at the right time for your lawn. But financial costs aren’t the only type of costs involved with fertilization. DIY-ing your own lawn fertilization correctly takes an immense amount of research, time, and effort. It can also be fairly stressful. Those are hefty costs, too — ones you can avoid paying by entrusting your lawn care to TruGreen. Our expertly trained team has the ability to consider local and environmental factors in real time and tailor your service accordingly. This helps to enhance the fertilizers’ effectiveness and ensure your grass is well-fed all year round. 

The Cost Of Poor Fertilization Practices 

Different types of grass require different nutrients at different points of the year. If you choose to fertilize your lawn yourself, you run the risk of applying the wrong fertilizer, or the wrong amount. In some cases, this can burn or otherwise harm your grass. Fixing damage incurred by improper fertilization practices is costly and time-consuming. So instead of stressing out over a damaged lawn, let TruGreen handle your lawn fertilization for you. It’s safer for your turf — and your wallet.

What Services Can You Bundle With Fertilization?

At TruGreen, we offer a range of services that can complement or enhance your lawn fertilization. Here are some of our top services for a healthy, thriving lawn year-round: 

Choose one of our tailored plans — each designed to help promote a healthy lawn throughout the seasons. All of our lawn care plans are backed by the TruGreen guarantee◆, which means that if you’re not completely satisfied with your service, we’ll return to your property as often as needed between scheduled visits to get you the results you’re looking for. Best of all, these additional visits, if needed, come at no added cost to you. 

Lawn Fertilization: The Bottom Line

How long does it take to fertilize a lawn? When will you see results? And can a lawn really be over-fertilized? Our TruGreen experts can help you skip the guesswork. With TruGreen, you can rest easy knowing that your lawn is in good hands. Whether you’re looking for a straightforward lawn fertilization plan, are interested in addressing lawn-damaging insects, or want all of your lawn care needs handled, we’re here to help. Let us help create a healthy, green lawn that you and your whole family can enjoy — not just now, but for seasons to come.


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