About our Programs
Training and Application
Every TruGreen specialist is trained in environmentally responsible lawn care practices. Through this extensive training and our Targeted Lawn Care approach, our TruGreen TruExperts learn to determine exactly what each lawn requires and apply only what is needed, where it is needed. As part of our AdvantEDGE training program, TruGreen TruExperts also learn how to adjust lawn applications to changing weather and wildlife patterns, including those of the honeybees. Our application technology allows us to apply weed control in a highly targeted and on-demand manner to problem-prone areas without blanketing the entire lawn. And the use of deflector shields on our fertilizer spreaders means that granular fertilizer stays on the lawn.
A healthy lawn contributes to making a healthy environment. Properly maintained green spaces provide significant benefits to the environment in terms of land, water and air quality, including:
- Erosion Control and Runoff Prevention — One of most significant functions of green space is to stabilize and protect the soil against water and wind erosion. This is particularly important in preventing nutrient runoff. Healthy, dense green space is three times more effective than weedy, unhealthy green space in preventing nitrogen runoff.
- Water Purification — Not only do green spaces absorb rainfall, but they also trap and remove pollutants, which are broken down by the root system and soil microbes.
- Air Purification — Green spaces purify and trap dust, soil and other particulate matter. This is particularly important in urban areas due to the high incidence of asthma and other breathing disorders.
- Oxygen Generation — A 50 foot by 50 foot green space releases enough oxygen for a family of four on a daily basis, an average 18-hole golf course releases enough oxygen for 4,000 to 7,000 people and green space along the U.S. interstate highway system releases enough oxygen for 22 million people.
Sharing What We Know
Environmental responsibility is a local, national and global issue. That’s why our Region Technical Managers all over the country are sharing their unique eco-knowledge with other green space professionals. We also participate in a wide array of national forums, committees and panels committed to supporting the development of healthy turf.
The list of materials approved for use in our products and services was developed with help from a board-certified toxicologist, and is registered by the U.S. EPA. TruGreen has always been on the forefront of innovation, being an early adopter of phosphorous-free lawn care in specific markets.
In addition, TruGreen has developed patented product innovations to support our commitment to our communities, such as our dual-action spray technology, which enables our TruExperts to deliver highly measured and controlled lawn applications only when and where it is needed.
For customers interested in an organic approach, our TruNaturalSM Program offers a 100% natural, organic solution to lawn care. We use special fertilizer containing animal components along with plant by-products like corn gluten.
We are working with lawmakers, environmental organizations and industry groups at the federal, state and local levels of government to help pass environmentally responsible laws. For example, we supported a law in Illinois that provides one statewide standard for the application and use of fertilizers instead of a patchwork of hundreds of local standards that are difficult to track and enforce. We’ve helped shape similar commonsense fertilizer legislation in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Texas. We value the partnerships we’ve forged with environmental organizations, including the Illinois and New Jersey Chapters of the Sierra Club, Massachusetts Audubon and the Michigan Environmental Council.
Giving back to the neighborhoods we serve and the people who help build them, is at the core of TruGreen’s business. As part of our celebrated Lawn Stars program, the 63 leading TruGreen offices donate to a local charity of their choice each and every year with funds provided by TruGreen headquarters. TruGreen local branches are donating thousands each year to charitable organizations. In addition, as part of our Green for Givers Campaign, we recognize associates’ personal community involvement with grants on behalf of associates to the volunteer organizations they support.
TruGreen’s community commitment extends far and wide, and we are proud to partner with local branches of the following organizations:
We are committed to preserving green spaces for the enjoyment and health of all. These projects include:
- Helping to restore and maintain the 1,000-acre Fernald Preserve of wetlands and greenery in Ohio that once was a uranium processing site
- Planting grass, flowers and trees at urban Los Angeles schools
- Helping to revitalize the Southside Park of Memphis, in close collaboration with community groups such as the Memphis Grizzlies and The Works Inc.
- Urban greening in multiple U.S. cities
In regions across the country, we are helping to control pests that are harmful to the environment or the public, including:
- Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorn Beetle, both are invasive species that are highly destructive to certain trees and shrubs. Ticks, responsible for spreading diseases such as Lyme disease and Babesiosis among others.