5 Best Lawn Care Companies & Services in North Carolina [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 North Carolina aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

So, how do you make your lawn care more sustainable? Our review of the best lawn care companies in North Carolina will help you choose a service provider that uses natural products and the most organic solutions for a green lawn.

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What Are the Top 5 Lawn Care Companies in North Carolina?

  • Sunday: Best DIY Service
  • Carolina Turf Organic Lawn Care: 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 is a subscription service selling customized, eco-friendly lawn care products to customers across North Carolina. It’s important to note that Sunday does not send professional lawn care specialists to your house, but instead sends you a box of products for you to tend to your lawn or tree care needs. You’ll send a soil sample for Sunday’s team to analyze, and in return, you’ll get a treatment plan customized for your lawn.

Better Business Bureau (BBB) RatingNot Rated
Year Started2019
Geographic AvailabilityAll of North Carolina
Price RangeSubscriptions $119/year, plus a la carte products ranging from $31-$60
What We Like About SundayCommits to sustainable lawn solutions with all-natural products; publishes environmental impact reports
What Could Be ImprovedOnly offers DIY services, which may not appeal to every homeowner

Sunday Environmental Impact

Sunday understands that a clean, uniform lawn is non-negotiable for many residents in homeowners associations. So, it aims to remove pesticides from lawn care to better protect the planet. You can see exactly how the company is doing this by taking a look at Sunday’s Impact Report, which is published on its website. According to the most recent report, Sunday customers helped avoid close to 60,000 pounds of pesticides in 2021, while supporting key ecosystems and habitats.1 That’s music to our ears here at EcoWatch.

Instead of chemicals that will work quickly but lead your lawn to become dependent on them for long-term growth, Sunday’s products are full of organic nutrients to help your lawn become more self-sustaining and easier to maintain over time.

Sunday Services & Pricing

With Sunday’s subscription service, you can get a variety of products custom to your lawn care needs. If you don’t want to be locked into an annual subscription or find the company is sending you items more quickly than you can use them, you can always order Sunday lawn care products individually online.

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

  • 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 not exactly known for its sustainability, but we like that Sunday is actively trying to improve the negative impact lawn maintenance has on the environment. Sunday offers a wide range of lawn solutions — 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 proves that it is true to its mission. Overall, we think Sunday is a great option for eco-conscious homeowners who are interested in getting the right products and taking care of their lawns without professional help.

Carolina Turf Organic Lawn Care: Best Local Company

Cary-based Carolina Turf Organic Lawn Care cares for lawns for homes and businesses throughout the state, serving most of North Carolina’s big cities and surrounding areas. The company offers a wide range of services using only organic products.

*Note to readers: There are other lawn-care companies in North Carolina with the name “Carolina Turf.” This is a review of Carolina Turf Organic Lawn Care. Use the links provided in this section to ensure you’re on the correct company’s page.

BBB RatingNot Rated
Year Started2015
Geographic AvailabilityCharlotte, Concord, Raleigh, Greensboro, Wilmington and surrounding areas
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 using products with all-natural ingredients
What Could Be ImprovedWeed killer is only 80% organic; some negative customer reviews

Carolina Turf Organic Lawn Care Environmental Impact

Carolina Turf Organic Lawn Care is very transparent about the products it uses for turf maintenance and how natural each one is. While nearly all of its products are 100% organic — including ingredients like garlic, kelp and vinegar — the company is transparent about its weed control being only 80% organic.

Although Carolina Turf does not have an environmental impact report, it’s clear about its mission to protect the planet and people by using products with all-natural ingredients. You can read more about its mission here.

Carolina Turf Organic Lawn Care Services & Pricing

Carolina Turf is one of the few lawn care companies we’ve found to offer fully transparent pricing 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 Organic Lawn Care

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

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.

Lawnbright: Best for Weed Prevention

Lawnbright is another DIY lawn care subscription service that offers chemical- and toxin-free products. With Lawnbright, you’ll receive a shipment every eight weeks filled with organic fertilizers and soil conditioners. Your lawn treatment plan is based on a quiz you’ll take about your yard’s current health when you sign up for the service, and you’ll also receive a soil sample kit with your first delivery to send back to Lawnbright for analysis.

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 AvailabilityAll of North Carolina
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 products 
What Could Be ImprovedCompany is very new, so there’s no way to tell if its products will hold up over time; it’s a bit more expensive than its DIY competitors

Lawnbright Environmental Impact

Like many of the other companies on our list, Lawnbright is on a mission to make lawn care more sustainable, 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 ingredient lists for all of Lawnbright’s products. 

All of its soil conditioners and pre-emergents are made with zero synthetic ingredients, and most of its fertilizers are, 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…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.”2

In addition, Lawnbright partners with a nonprofit called Non-Toxic Communities, which works to stop toxic pesticide use in public landscapes like parks and schools.

Lawnbright Services & Pricing

With Lawnbright’s custom lawn care plan, you’ll get a box full of soil and conditioners every eight weeks (shipments pause throughout the winter). If you’re new to DIY yard maintenance or want extra guidance, you can sign up for “Lawn Intelligence” text alerts, which will give you simple instructions on how to take care of your lawn based on local weather conditions. You can also add a lawn consulting session with a member of Lawnbright’s Turf Team, though the company does not specify if this is an additional charge.

If you don’t want a subscription, you can buy Lawnbright products for specific treatments, like crabgrass and weed control and pet spot repair. 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 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 after they’ve already popped up.

Clean Air Lawn Care: Best Full-Service Sustainable Company

Clean Air Lawn Care prides itself on providing the nation’s leading full-service sustainable lawn care and services. With solar-powered and electric lawn mowers and organic fertilizers, Clean Air Lawn Care cuts down on harmful chemicals and noise pollution, paving a path to clean, quiet and sustainable lawn care. 

Clean Air Lawn Care serves the Asheville, Raleigh, Wilmington and Charlotte areas, but availability may vary depending on your zip code.

BBB RatingA+
Year Started2006
Geographic AvailabilityGreater Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh and Wilmington areas
Price RangeVaries by location and service
What We Like About Clean AirGoes beyond lawn treatment and fertilization, using zero-emission equipment
What Could Be ImprovedCurrently only operates in limited cities (but is looking to expand via franchisees)

Clean Air Lawn Care Environmental Impact

Clean Air’s mission is to change the way Americans care for their lawns in the hope of cutting down environmental impacts and improving the quality of life of community members. Its core values include exercising not only environmental sustainability, but also social sustainability by giving back to communities through environmental education, outreach and volunteering.

Clean Air Lawn Care doesn’t have an environmental impact report, but it 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- 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 lawn mowers, hedgers and other equipment
  • Natural mosquito control

Clean Air Lawn Care doesn’t display any of its prices on its website and instead asks that you fill out a form for a free quote. One of its representatives will follow up with you to discuss treatment and pricing. Because Clean Air has franchises throughout the country, costs 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 lawn care company we’ve come across. It doesn’t offer comprehensive natural products like Sunday or Lawnbright, but it is a great option for homeowners who don’t have the time or desire for DIY lawn maintenance. 

Clean Air is one of the only lawn care companies on this list that offers trimming and mowing services —  borderline landscaping services — that people may be interested in as well.

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. Although it’s certainly not dedicated to sustainable lawn maintenance, TruGreen’s TruNatural Lawn Care Plan does include an all-natural approach to sprucing up your lawn, which could be a great option if you live in an area that isn’t serviced by 100% organic companies.

BBB RatingA+
Year Started1975
Geographic AvailabilityAll of North Carolina
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 ImprovedSustainability is not a 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 “committed to greener,” implementing more efficient routing and working with government agencies and environmental groups to pass “common-sense fertilizer laws.” Click here to read 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 the 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 encouraging healthy grass growth to gradually thicken your lawn
  • Healthy-lawn analysis that evaluates current conditions and determines a treatment plan
  • Satisfaction guarantee
  • TruExpert certified specialists (Ph.D.-certified 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 opt into weed care services at no additional cost, but these are likely chemical-based 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 your lawn at no extra cost.

Our Take on TruGreen

TruGreen is a tried-and-true lawn care company that offers some of the best lawn care services in the country. However, its services 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 North Carolina area — like Gastonia 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

When looking for the best lawn care company in North Carolina, there are a few things you should consider to ensure you’re getting superior yard care and customer care. Here are a few factors that we considered when narrowing down our list of recommendations:

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:

  • Core aeration
  • Overseeding
  • Fertilization
  • Weed control
  • Soil pH control
  • Mowing, trimming and hedging

You’ll also want to consider how much time and money you’re willing to invest in your yard. Will you need a one-time service or weekly or biweekly maintenance? 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 come tend to your yard with more hands-on services?

Product Ingredients

Again, EcoWatch recommends that you only use natural lawn care products. Most of the companies mentioned in this article post their product ingredient lists on their websites, so you can look into what you’d be treating your lawn with before you even call for a quote. 

When choosing products, be wary that “organic” or “all natural” labels may just indicate that a product is minimally processed — not that it doesn’t contain small amounts of toxins still. This is why it’s important to check ingredients lists instead of trusting marketing or packaging.

Company Size and Availability

You’ll want to take company size and availability into account when choosing the best lawn care provider. Larger, more 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, local North Carolina companies may not have as much capacity due to having fewer employees and resources, but they’re more likely to understand the needs of local lawns and build a relationship with you  — if they serve your zip code.

Professionalism and Experience

Whether you’re hiring a subscription service to guide you through DIY lawn care or having landscapers come to your house, you’ll want a reputable company that hires industry professionals. Some companies have certified technicians and thorough employee training programs, which are good things to look out for. If you can’t find any information on a lawn care company’s website, don’t be afraid to ask about qualifications when calling to set up a service or get a quote.

Customer Reviews

Don’t hire a company without reading what its existing and previous customers have to say about it. If a company has a low Better Business Bureau rating or has hundreds of negative reviews online, we recommend you keep searching for a more reputable North Carolina lawn care company.

Guarantees

Lawn care is not cheap, and it would be a shame to spend money on products and services and not see results. Some companies offer complimentary touch-up services or money-back guarantees to ensure customers are happy with their lawns. Before you hire a company or purchase a product, look into whether the company has a satisfaction guarantee. 

How Much Does Lawn Care Cost?

It’s hard to say exactly how much lawn care costs in North Carolina, because prices typically depend on factors unique to your home. Rates often vary by on location, yard size and treatment plan, for example.

In general, lawn care services can cost anywhere from $50 to $100 per visit, and signing up for 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

To see how much lawn care will cost for your North Carolina yard, you’ll need to reach out to a local provider and get a quote.

Final Thoughts

While lawn care is typically far sustainable, we understand that having lush green grass is sometimes important or even non-negotiable for our eco-conscious readers. As the companies above show, there are eco-friendly solutions when it comes to lawn care — you just have to know where to look.

With that said, we encourage you to do additional research on companies in your area. 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 least environmental impact. But, there may be even better local choices out there.

How We Rate Lawn Services

It’s safe to say that the EcoWatch Reviews team rates lawn services on a different scale than most other websites. While many sites don’t even mention the fact that most lawn care is harmful to the environment, we try to give more sustainable alternatives. After all, we know lawns are here to stay, and even the most eco-conscious of homeowners may not have a choice when it comes to maintaining a clean and uniform lawn depending on their HOA.

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 North Carolina

What is a lawn care service?

Lawn care service encompasses a variety of processes, including lawn aeration, seeding, tree and shrub care, lime application, and weed control. Lawn care service companies are more focused on improving the overall health of your lawn, while landscaping companies are more focused on aesthetics, performing tasks like planting, trimming, mulching and design.

Are lawn care products safe?

While lawn care products can be safe, most unfortunately aren’t.  Even products that are labeled “organic” or “all natural” may be minimally processed but still contain chemicals or toxins. When looking for safe products, check ingredient labels rather than trusting the label on the package.

Is organic lawn care better?

Organic lawn care is not only better for the health of the planet, but also for that of the pets and people who use those lawns. 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, when you use toxins in your yard, the grass and soil becomes dependent on them to thrive. Plus, that lush lawn will come at a big cost to ecosystems, your family and your furry friends.

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 all starts with a soil test — which many of the lawn care companies we’ve outlined in this article will conduct. Doing a soil test will tell you which nutrients your lawn is lacking. Then, you can purchase products 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 installing a wildflower, bee or vegetable garden.

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

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