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Trugreen in trouble?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by grassmasterswilson, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. Heidi J.

    Heidi J. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    I have so many horror stories about them from over the years.. It makes me sick, Ted..

    I will not hire former TG workers either.. Once they are trained that way, it is hard to retrain them..
  2. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,766

    How far that company has come from its origins. Was it not Chemlawn that originated effective liquid applications for lawns?
  3. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,946

    I do not like it when people/companies attack another company (unless they were personally attacked by them, but this is not the case).

    I am aware of several long needed changes that are underway regarding the new ownership/reorganization, and I am very happy for them. A few of you probably started with ChemLawn back in the 70's like I did. So you know there are still some original ChemLawn people that still work at TruGreen. Most of these guys are in upper management. Eric, Jerry, and several others are very thankful with how the new owners will once again operate as a high quality/successful lawn & tree care business. Implementing changes such as buying/leasing vehicles, marketing, purchasing other LCO's, and research & development.

    So instead of jumping to conclusions and criticizing, I think it's best to know current facts. One dic on here is on my ignore list, but I can imagine what he's spewing >> most likely name calling....."monkeys", "kids", etc.

    Our local TruGreen has been a top notch company. One of their managers is 62-years-old, and he's an original ChemLawn friend that I have known for decades. Not saying some TruGreen locations have not had problems, just saying ours has been very good for well over a decade.

    my 2 cents
  4. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,853

    I generally have no problem with them other than when they do apps on heat stressed lawns that I mow. That costs me money, there is no reason for an irrigated lawn to be fried to a crisp in August.
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  5. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    Around here trugreen definitely isn't making a good impression with the company I work for (scotts lawn service). One of the other lawn techs was talking to a customer at the door and trugreen was spraying the lawn next door. Well after our tech got doing on the lawn (start in the back) the trugreen guy came approaching and was telling our customer what our tech was doing wrong and how he can do the app much cheaper. Theres been other run ins with trugreen but thats just one.
  6. threepointchamp

    threepointchamp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    A double edged sword my friend. There is no reason to mowing a heat stressed lawn that is dormant and not irrigated, yet I see it all the time.
  7. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,946

    When TruGreen first came to my market in the 90's, they had a bad reputation too. Spraying lawns in the rain (due to weekly quotas), ghosting lawns, over charging, etc. Their (temporary) sales people had a quota of 40 estimates per day, so they seldom measured lawns. Salesmen also used the "bug in a bag" technique >> going door to door showing people insects that were not actually from their property. Those days allowed me to pick up many new customers. So I understand the posts.

    My problem is our local TruGreen finally got some really good managers. So for the past few years, they became a very good. No easy pickings for me anymore. (just my dumb luck) lol

    Regarding Scotts Lawn Care - we more recently tend to get more dissatisfied Scotts customers compared to TruGreen. Not exactly sure why. I recently pulled a Scotts Lawn Care brochure off my door -- it contained misleading statements. It also had a large colorful graph comparing "Scotts vs TruGreen". Wondering if there's a battle going on for market share? Why the negative & misleading statements? BTW, this was a National ad -- not local. Why doesn't TruGreen use negative ads aimed at Scotts? thoughts?
  8. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    :laugh: Be careful what you wish for.

    I always take an opportunity to throw out a thank you to the Tru Green nation and former Chemlawn deal because they are the ones who convinced everyone they needed lawn care back in the early seventies. They started a trend and created a desire that makes it possible for all of us to be in business doing applications.

    We also all benefit to some extent from the their marketing campaigns every year. It gets people thinking lawn care....

    Our jobs to make them think about us.
  9. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    Big mistake.

    I know half a dozen long term TG employees that would make great employees.

    I'm sure theres more.

    You may have had a bad experience but don't sell "all" those guys short.

    Much experience in the tru green ranks. Just has to be tapped properly and managed....educated.
  10. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,946

    Good point Cadzilla. I have a former TruGreen employee that worked under a crappy TG manager many years ago. This employee drives 30 miles to work everyday, and he's always the first guy to show up for work. We are very fortunate to have this guy. He probably does the highest quality of work, and we get more customer compliments for him compared to all others.

    My current problem is our local TruGreen is just as good as any other LCO in our market. I wish it wasn't true, but it is. lol Another nice thing is they are good friends of mine. But you know what ......it's GOOD to have friends. cool deal all the way around.

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