5 Best Lawn Care Companies and Services in Charlotte, NC [2022 Review]

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EcoWatch is all about finding solutions — especially to issues that are hard for eco-conscious homeowners to navigate. As much as we wish every homeowner would turn their yard into an eco-friendly oasis full of vegetable and pollinator gardens, lawns in America aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

That’s why we’re looking at how to make lawn care more sustainable. Our review of the best lawn care companies in Charlotte will help you choose a reputable provider that uses natural products and the least-invasive solutions for a greener lawn.

Jump To: Top Lawn Care Companies in Charlotte | Sunday Review | Carolina Turf Organic Lawn Care Review | Lawnbright Review | Clean Air Lawn Care Review | TruGreen Lawn Care Review | Choosing the Best Company | Cost of Lawn Care | Final Thoughts | How We Rate Lawn Companies | FAQ

What Are the Top Lawn Care Companies in Charlotte?

  • Sunday: Best DIY Service
  • Carolina Turf: Best Local Company
  • Lawnbright: Best for Weed Prevention
  • Clean Air Lawn Care: Best Full-Service Sustainable Company
  • TruGreen (TruNatural): Best Availability

Sunday: Best DIY Service 

Sunday Lawn Care offers customized, eco-friendly lawn care product subscriptions. It’s important to note that Sunday does not offer home services, instead sending customers boxes with products that make it easier to tend to their own lawn care needs. When starting your service, you’ll send a soil sample for Sunday’s team to analyze, and in exchange, you’ll get a treatment plan customized to your lawn.

Better Business Bureau (BBB) RatingNot Rated
Year Started2019
Geographic AvailabilityNational
Price RangeSubscriptions $119/year, plus a la carte products ranging from $31-$60
What We Like About SundayCommitment to sustainable lawn solutions with all-natural products and environmental impact reports
What Could Be ImprovedOnly offers hands-off, DIY services, which may not work for every homeowner

Sunday Environmental Impact

Sunday is on a mission to remove pesticides from lawns to protect the planet — and its founders let you know exactly how it’s tracking toward that goal. Sunday is one of the few companies we’ve found to include an Environmental Impact Report on its website. And, according to that report, Sunday’s customers helped to remove close to 60,000 pounds of pesticides in 2021, while also helping to support key ecosystems and habitats.1 That’s music to our ears here at EcoWatch.

Additionally, Sunday’s products are full of organic nutrients to help your lawn become more self-sustaining, unlike traditional lawn care products that may work faster, but force your soil and grass to become dependent on chemicals, and therefore harder to maintain in the long run.

Sunday Services & Pricing

In your subscription box, you can get a variety of Sunday products customized to your lawn. If you don’t want an annual subscription plan, you can buy individual Sunday lawn care products off its website. The company has products created for almost every type of yard need.

Here’s a look at some of Sunday’s green lawn products and costs:

  • Custom lawn care subscription: Starts at $119 per year
  • Dandelion Doom Herbicide Set: $32
  • Weed Warrior Herbicide Set: $32
  • Fescue Rescue Grass Seed (5 lbs): $31
  • Bug Doom Home Barrier Sprayer: $60

Our Take on Sunday

Lawn care is definitely not known for its sustainability, but we like that Sunday is actively trying to improve the negative impact it has on the environment. Sunday offers a wide range of solutions for lawn maintenance — including fertilization, grass seeding, weed and dandelion removal, mosquito and grub control and treatment for pet spots — while sticking to 100% natural products. 

Sunday is one of the few (if not the only) lawn care companies with an environmental impact report published, which shows that it’s honest about its mission and isn’t just trying to make a quick buck off folks who want natural lawn-care products. Overall, we think Sunday is a great option for eco-conscious homeowners who don’t mind doing the dirty work themselves.

Carolina Turf: Best Local Company

Cary-based Carolina Turf is one of the best North Carolina lawn care companies, and fortunately for Charlotte residents, it just expanded to the area in January 2022.2 The company offers a wide range of services for fertilization, as well as weed, pest and bug control using only organic products.

BBB RatingNot Rated
Year Started2015
Geographic AvailabilityCharlotte metropolitan area 
Price RangeVaries depending on service, lawn size and the number of visits
What We Like About Carolina TurfOffers a wide variety of services for lawn care and insect/pest control with all-natural ingredients
What Could Be ImprovedWeed killer is only 80% organic

Carolina Turf Environmental Impact

Carolina Turf is transparent about the products it uses for turf maintenance and how natural each one is. While nearly all of its products use 100% organic ingredients — including garlic, kelp and vinegar — the company is the first to admit that its weed control is only 80% organic.

Although it does not have an environmental impact statement, Carolina Turf is clear about its mission to protect the planet and families with all-natural ingredients. You can read more about its mission statement here.

Carolina Turf Services & Pricing

Carolina Turf is one of the few Charlotte lawn care services we’ve found to offer full pricing transparency on its website — without even having to enter an address. All prices are based on a quarter-acre lawn, and additional fees for larger lawns are laid out accordingly.

Here’s a look at some of Carolina Turf’s services and pricing for a quarter-acre lawn:

  • Aeration: $150
  • Plant bed maintenance: $60 per visit (every 4 weeks or less)
  • Seeding: Starts at $200 (based on the type of seeding)
  • Bush, shrub and tree care: $60 per visit (every 7-8 weeks)
  • Weed control and fertilization: $60 per visit (every 5-6 weeks)
  • Mosquito control: $75 per visit (every 3-4 weeks)
  • Pest control: $60 per visit (every 4 weeks)
  • Fire ant control: $60 per visit (every 4 weeks)

Here are additional fees you can expect to pay, depending on the side of your lawn:

  • 1/4-1/2 acre + $25
  • 1/2-3/4 acre + $50 
  • 3/4-1 acre + $75

Carolina Turf also offers year-round packages:

  • Silver: $57 per month (weed control, fertilization, aeration)
  • Gold: $127 per month (Silver + mosquito control)
  • Platinum: $287 per month (Gold + tick, fire ant and plant bed weed control)

Our Take on Carolina Turf

If you’re looking for a locally owned lawn care company in Charlotte, Carolina Turf is the way to go. We admire the company’s dedication to cleaner products and lawn care needs that are safer for families and the planet. Plus, for an all-natural company, Carolina Turf offers a much wider range of services than many of its competitors.

With its newest expansion to Charlotte, it’s clear Carolina Turf has had success serving families in Cary, Concord, Raleigh and beyond. Although your Carolina Turf experience may vary depending on the local crew that’s coming to your home, we’re fairly certain this company will be able to clean up your lawn to satisfaction using all-natural products and methods.

Lawnbright: Best for Weed Prevention

Lawnbright is another DIY lawn care subscription service focusing on products free of chemicals and toxins. With this service, you’ll receive a Lawnbright box every eight weeks with organic lawn fertilizers and soil conditioners. Your initial lawn treatment plan will be based on a quiz you take about your yard’s current health when you sign up for the service. You’ll also receive a soil sample kit with your first delivery for Lawnbright to analyze.

Lawnbright is currently the only company that offers a natural pre-emergent weed control product for customers to buy, which is a big plus.

BBB RatingNot Rated
Year Started2021
Geographic AvailabilityNational
Price RangeSubscription starts at $200/year, plus a la carte options ranging from $28-$65
What We Like About LawnbrightOffers all-natural preventive weed care, along with most other lawn care product needs
What Could Be ImprovedYoung company, so there’s no way to tell if its products will hold up over time; a bit more expensive than its DIY competitors

Lawnbright Environmental Impact

Lawnbright aims to make lawn care more sustainable by using limited, natural ingredients and no harsh chemicals. While it doesn’t feature an environmental impact report on its website like Sunday, you can find product ingredient lists for all of Lawnbright’s products. 

You’ll find zero synthetic ingredients in all of its soil conditioners and pre-emergents, and most of its fertilizers, too. It does have one fertilizer that is not 100% natural, but the company does an excellent job of calling this out on its website, saying:

“In one fertilizer (Green Machine), a petroleum product and/or natural gas was used in the making of the fertilizer, even if the main ingredient comes from naturally occurring sources. When fertilizers are produced this way they lose some of the other naturally occurring trace minerals and other bio-life that it may contain. This is referred to as synthetic fertilizer. In order to correct for the trace minerals and other bio life that is lost in the production process, we add an organic bio package to help the soil and plant life, so there is a positive end result on the soil.”3

In addition, Lawnbright is partnered with a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called Non-Toxic Communities, which works to stop toxic pesticide use in public landscapes like parks and schools.

Lawnbright Services & Pricing

With the custom lawn care plan, you get a mix of soil and conditioners every eight weeks, and deliveries pause during winter. If you don’t want a subscription plan, you can buy products for specific treatments.

If you’re new to yard maintenance or want extra guidance when tending to your lawn, you can sign up for Lawnbright’s “Lawn Intelligence” text alerts, which will give you simple instructions and care tips based on your local weather conditions. You can even add a lawn consulting session with a member of Lawnbright’s Turf Team, though the company does not specify how much this costs.

Here’s a look at some of Lawnbright’s product options and pricing:

  • Custom Lawn Care Plan: About $200 per year
  • Organic Pre-Emergent Weed Control (32 oz): $65
  • Organic Mosquito and Tick Control (32 oz): $35
  • Pet Spot Repair (32 oz): $28

Our Take on Lawnbright

As a DIY natural lawn care subscription service, Lawnbright’s offerings are very similar to Sunday’s. Lawnbright sends its customers easy-to-use products, many of which you can attach and spray directly from your hose. The biggest advantage Lawnbright has over Sunday — and really any other all-natural lawn care service — is that it offers a weed control product to treat lawns before weeds emerge, compared to a weed killer that works reactively.

Clean Air Lawn Care: Best Full-Service Sustainable Company

Clean Air Lawn Care provides full-service sustainable lawn care services. With solar-powered and electric lawn mowers, organic fertilizers, and quiet equipment, Clean Air Lawn Care cuts down on harmful fertilizers, noise pollution and organic waste recycling alike, pioneering a path toward more sustainable lawn services. 

Clean Air Lawn Care serves Charlotte and surrounding areas, but availability may vary depending on your zip code.

BBB RatingA+
Year Started2006
Geographic AvailabilityCharlotte metropolitan area 
Price RangeVaries by location and service
What We Like About Clean AirGoes beyond lawn treatment and fertilization to offer quiet, zero-emission mowers and other equipment 
What Could Be ImprovedCurrently only operates in limited cities, but it’s looking for franchisees, so expansion is on the horizon

Clean Air Lawn Care Environmental Impact

Clean Air Lawn Care is focused on improving both the planet and the quality of life of community members in areas it operates. Its core values include exercising environmental and social sustainability by giving back to communities with environmental education, outreach and volunteering.

Clean Air Lawn Care doesn’t publish an environmental impact report but does outline the hidden dangers of typical lawn care products on its website. Clean Air uses solar-powered and electric equipment that’s cleaner (and quieter) than gas-powered mowers and trimmers, along with organic lawn care products that are pet-friendly and kid-friendly.

Clean Air Lawn Care Services & Pricing

Clean Air Lawn Care offers the following services for its customers:

  • Organic lawn fertilization
  • Organic weed control
  • Solar and/or electric-powered lawn mowing services, trimming, etc.
  • Natural mosquito control

Clean Air Lawn Care doesn’t display any of its prices online and instead asks that you fill out a form on its website for a free quote, after which one of its representatives will follow up with you. Because Clean Air has franchises throughout the country, pricing may vary depending on your local provider.

Our Take on Clean Air Lawn Care

Clean Air Lawn Care is the best all-natural, full-service company in Charlotte. It doesn’t offer comprehensive natural products like Sunday or Lawnbright but is a great option for homeowners who aren’t interested in DIY lawn maintenance.

Clean Air is one of the only lawn care companies on this list that offers grass cutting and trimming —  borderline landscaping services — that people may be interested in having biweekly throughout the summer, compared to lawn fertilization and care every few weeks.

TruGreen (TruNatural): Best Availability

With nearly 50 years of experience serving yards across America, TruGreen is perhaps the most well-known lawn care company out there. While it’s not dedicated to sustainable lawn maintenance, TruGreen’s TruNatural Lawn Care Plan does include an all-natural approach to yard maintenance.

BBB RatingA+
Year Started1975
Geographic AvailabilityNational
Price Range$400-$1,500 per year depending on plan and location
What We Like About TruGreenFull-service lawn care company, great reputation, many years in service and widespread availability
What Could Be ImprovedIt’s clear that sustainability is not TruGreen’s top priority, with only one natural care plan that’s pretty limited in its offerings

TruGreen Environmental Impact

EcoWatch strives for environmentally friendly solutions, therefore we only recommend our readers choose TruGreen’s TruNatural Lawn Care Plan, as it’s the sole 100% natural lawn care service option the company offers.

TruGreen says it is going “greener” with more efficient routing and by working with government agencies and environmental groups to pass “common-sense fertilizer laws.” Click here to read more about its commitment to greener solutions.

TruGreen Services & Pricing

TruGreen’s pricing system is based on several factors, including the size of your lawn, the current condition of your lawn, the area you live in and which services you choose. Here’s a look at some of TruGreen’s prices, quoted for a roughly half-acre lawn in the South:

  • TruNatural Lawn Care Plan: $1,438 per year
  • TruComplete Lawn Care Plan: $1,477 per year
  • TruHealth Lawn Care Plan: $862 per year
  • TruGreen Mosquito Defense: $470 per year

Despite being one of the more expensive options, TruGreen’s TruNatural Lawn Care Plan includes fewer services than almost any other plan. Here’s what it does include:

  • All-natural lawn care that promotes healthy grass growth, gradually thickening your lawn
  • A lawn analysis that evaluates your current condition and determines a treatment plan
  • Satisfaction guarantee
  • TruExpert certified specialists (Ph.D.-level lawn care professionals)

According to the company’s website, the TruNatural plan uses natural fertilizer and avoids traditional weed killers that contain hazardous chemicals. Customers can add on weed care services for no additional cost, but be wary that these likely use chemical weed killers.

TruGreen has a mobile app and a live chat function that allows customers to speak with representatives in real-time. The company also offers its full-program customers a “Healthy Lawn Guarantee” that promises that a specialist will return as many times as needed to re-treat hassle lawns at no extra cost.

Our Take on TruGreen

TruGreen is a tried-and-true lawn care company that offers solid lawn care services across the country. However, its service options are limited for eco-conscious homeowners, as only one of its packages uses all-natural products — and that’s a big downside in our eyes.

That said, TruGreen’s all-natural option is a good choice if you’re looking for a full-service lawn care company in a smaller city or town in the greater Charlotte area — like Gastonia, Matthews, Mint Hill or Mount Holly — that may not be serviced by some of the other companies we’ve outlined on this list.

How to Choose the Best Lawn Care Company

If you’re looking for the best lawn care services in Charlotte, you’ll want a company that can give you both quality maintenance and quality customer service. Below, we explain a few factors we considered when narrowing down lawn care providers to recommend:

Variety of Services

The type of lawn care program you need will depend entirely on the current state of your lawn and your desired outcome. In most cases, you’re going to want to choose a company that offers a wide variety of lawn care services, which could include the following:

  • Core aeration
  • Overseeding
  • Fertilization
  • Weed control
  • Soil pH control
  • Mowing and trimming
  • DIY lawn care

You’ll also want to consider how much time and money you’re willing to invest in your yard. Will you need one-time help or weekly or biweekly services? Do you have a large front yard and back yard that you want maintained? Do you want products custom-tailored to your lawn that you can spray yourself by simply attaching to a hose, or are you looking for professionals to do the work?

Product Ingredients

As mentioned, EcoWatch only recommends that you use natural lawn care products. Most of the companies outlined in this article have product ingredients listed on their websites, which you can look into before you sign up for services. Keep in mind that a lawn care product labeled “organic” or “all natural” could mean that it was minimally processed but still contains small amounts of toxins.

Company Size and Availability

You’ll want to take company size and availability into account when choosing the best lawn care provider. Larger, national companies are typically able to offer a wider variety of services and shorter wait times because they have more resources, but you may not get the most personalized service. On the other hand, small, Charlotte-based companies may not have as much capacity with fewer employees and fewer resources, but they’re more likely to cater to your needs and build a relationship with you.

Professionalism and Experience

Whether you’re opting for a subscription service to guide you through DIY lawn care or having lawn or landscape maintenance pros come to your house, you’ll want to work with a reputable company with a knowledgable staff. Some companies, such as TruGreen, will boast about their certified technicians and employee training programs. If you can’t find any information on a lawn care company’s website, don’t be afraid to ask about training and qualifications when you call to set up an initial service or get a quote.

Customer Reviews 

This is a no-brainer, but don’t hire a company without reading what its previous or existing customers have to say first. If a company has a low Better Business Bureau rating or hundreds of negative reviews online, it’s probably safe to assume your experience won’t be the best.

Guarantee

Lawn care is not cheap, so it would be a shame to spend a ton of money on products and services and not see any results. Some companies offer a satisfaction guarantee. For example, TruGreen promises to keep returning to your lawn at no additional cost until you are satisfied, and other companies will actually refund your money if your lawn doesn’t improve. Before you fork over that credit card, ask the company about its satisfaction guarantee. 

How Much Does Lawn Care Cost?

It’s hard to say exactly how much lawn care costs, because many companies will base price on a variety of factors unique to your home. The price often varies depending on location, yard size and treatment plan. 

In general, lawn care services can cost anywhere from $50 to $100 per visit, so getting an annual plan or opting for DIY lawn care can often save you money in the long run. Here’s a look at some of the average costs of typical lawn care treatments:

Lawn ServiceAverage Cost
Lawn mowing$60 per week
Weeding$40 per hour
Leaf removal$300 per service
Fertilization$12 per hour
Tree and shrub care$450 per service
Aeration$125 per service

The good news is that most lawn care companies will offer a free quote after you answer a few quick questions about your lawn.

Final Thoughts

Lawn care might not be the greatest thing for the planet, but we understand that having lush green grass is still important — and sometimes non-negotiable — for many of our eco-conscious readers. If every person with a lawn could care for it in a more sustainable way, it could make a big impact. And, as you’ll have seen above, there are quite a few options for yard maintenance that are more eco-friendly. 

With that said, we encourage you to do additional research on these companies to ensure they are practicing what they preach. Based on our findings, Sunday and Lawnbright offer the cleanest lawn care products, while Carolina Turf and Clean Air Lawn Care offer the most comprehensive lawn care services with the lowest environmental impacts.

How We Rate Lawn Services

It’s safe to say that the EcoWatch Reviews team rates lawn services different from most other websites. We’re not going to sugarcoat it — lawn care is harmful to the environment. But, we’re also realistic about the fact that lawns are largely here to stay, and even the most eco-conscious of homeowners may not have a choice when it comes to maintaining a uniform lawn.

As such, we’ve decided to review the best lawn care companies that offer services to reduce environmental impact and protect ecosystems. We rank companies based on the following criteria:

  • Natural care options
  • Trustworthiness
  • Variety of services (that are natural)
  • Guarantee
  • Availability 

FAQ: Best Lawn Care Companies in Charlotte

What is a lawn care service?

A lawn care service encompasses a wide variety of processes, including lawn aeration, grass seeding, tree services, shrub care, lime application and weed control.

If you’re wondering about the difference between a lawn care service company and a landscaping company, it can be pared down to this: Regular lawn care companies are more focused on improving the overall health of your lawn, while landscaping companies are more focused on aesthetics including landscape design, planting, trimming, weed eating, mulching and more.

Hardscape companies take care of any other decorative or practical structure in your landscape, like driveways, fences and benches.

Are lawn care products safe?

While lawn care products can be safe, unfortunately, most aren’t. The only way to know for sure is to check products’ ingredient lists. Be wary that lawn care products that are labeled “organic” or “all natural” may just be minimally processed but could still contain trace amounts of chemicals or toxins. 

Are lawn care services worth it?

It’s impossible to say whether lawn care services will be worth it for every homeowner — it’s based on personal preference. For some Charlotteans, having a lawn worthy of a double-take is important, yet they don’t have the time or desire to take care of it themselves. If you don’t mind performing your own lawn care services, it could still be worth investing in products from a company like Sunday or Lawnbright. Not only is the subscription service convenient, but you’ll have more assurance that you’re using clean products that are tailored to improve your lawn.

Are the people doing the work in my yard properly trained?

Well, we would hope so! Hiring a full-service lawn care company is much different from hiring your neighbor’s 12-year-old son to mow your lawn.

If you’re having lawn care workers in your yard, you’ll want to make sure you’re hiring a reputable company with qualified employees. Some companies advertise certified technicians and rigorous training programs. If you can’t find any information on a lawn care company’s website, don’t be afraid to ask about employee training and qualifications.

Is organic lawn care better?

We certainly think so. The issue many people take up with organic lawn care is that it is a gradual improvement. In most cases, chemical-free fertilizers are not going to turn your lawn lush and green as quickly as chemical-filled ones. But that lush lawn will come at a big cost to the environment and can even harm your family and your pets. Plus, when you use toxins in your yard, the grass and soil becomes dependent on them to thrive. 

Overall, organic lawn care is the best and most sustainable way to keep up your yard.

How do I get a good lawn naturally?

The best, all-natural way to get a good lawn starts with a soil test — which the lawn care companies we’ve outlined in this article will complete for you. Doing a soil test will tell you which nutrients your lawn is lacking. Then, you can purchase treatments accordingly — just make sure you’re using 100% natural lawn fertilizers and weed killers that don’t contain harmful chemicals.

What are the best alternatives to lawns?

There are several more sustainable alternatives to a lawn, including converting part or all of your lawn to naturalized, tall grass, low-growing turf grass that requires little maintenance or growing a wildflower, bee or vegetable garden.

Read our article for the best ways to transform your lawn into an eco-friendly oasis for more ideas.

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