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December 31, 2023

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    If you’re in the market for a lawn maintenance service, you may have come across two industry giants — Sunday and Scotts. Scotts is a beacon of trust in the lawn care industry. Sunday, the new ambitious kid on the block, delivers results to your welcome mat.

    Are the innovative solutions of Sunday better, or do Scotts’ products provide better results? Discover who I deem the better DIY lawn care provider in my expert Sunday lawn care Vs. Scotts review.

    My Take: Sunday Lawn Care Vs. Scotts

    Sunday is the close but clear winner based on the simplicity of using its service and the fact that it provides an assortment of products based on your needs.

    Sunday’s approach begins by analyzing your soil and climate data, so it can formulate a lawn care plan tailored to your unique needs, which results in more efficient and effective care. Conversely, Scotts’ products are typically one-size-fits-all, not considering your lawn’s specific conditions.

    With Sunday, you get the products you need delivered right to your door. Sunday offers eco-friendly options and even has a customer support team to help you. Scotts only offers a line of products, and while they might work well, the lack of personalization and service puts Sunday on top.

    My Pick 
    SuperlativeBest DIY Lawn ServiceBest Lawn Care Product Selection
    Our Rating4.14.0
    BBB RatingA+A+
    Cost Per Month$$$$$
    State Availability5050
    Environmentally FriendlyYesNo
    Mobile AppNoNo
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    Cost: Sunday Vs. Scotts

    I’m always looking for a bargain but going for the cheapest lawn care product doesn’t usually yield the best results.

    Sunday provides a comprehensive solution to whatever problem you face. Since you receive a customized plan designed just for you, Sunday provides you with the right products at the right time. This reduces the need for trips to and from the garden center.

    With Scotts, you’ll need to have a little more experience and be able to diagnose the problem by looking at your lawn. Whether it’s a nutrient deficiency, drought, or compaction, you’ll have to figure it out independently.

    Weed control is another crucial aspect of lawn care, and both companies provide affordable solutions. Sunday’s approach involves using natural, eco-friendly herbicides that target weeds while minimizing harm to the environment and your lawn. Its Dandelion Doom concentrate is a popular weed killer that you can hook up directly to your sprayer.

    On the other hand, Scotts offers a range of herbicides with varying strengths, allowing you to choose the one that suits your needs. If your weed issues are isolated, buying weed treatment products from Scotts is a more affordable solution. If the weeds are out of control, Sunday provides a more comprehensive product line that might not work as fast but addresses your weed problems from the roots up.

    Overall, I find Sunday to be a better value even though the cost is higher up-front. This is because you know that you’re getting products that are going to work, and if you’re anything like me, you hate driving back and forth to the home improvement store.

    With Scotts, you’re left to figure things out on your own. You’ll probably save money with Scotts if you know exactly what you need. If you don’t, go with Sunday.

    The bottom line: I recommend Sunday for homeowners who don’t have experience with lawn care and prefer someone to tell them what they need. If you’ve done lawn treatment before, Scotts will save you money.

    $225–350/yrWeeding$20–$30/per product
    $175–350/yrFertilization$35–$50/per product
    $275–350/yrSeeding$25–$40/per product
    $250–350/yrSpot Treatment$20–$50/per product

    Sunday Vs. Scotts: Plans and Services

    As a homeowner, I’m always looking for that “magic” product that’s going to fix all my problems, and I think Sunday is about as close to that as you can get.

    While many homeowners prefer to call up companies like TruGreen or Lawn Doctor to handle their lawns, some like to take matters into their own hands. This is where Sunday comes in.

    I say this because Sunday takes a personalized approach to tailor your plan. Now, let me be realistic too. The product options are somewhat limited, so it’s the same as sending a person out to your yard to take a soil sample.

    But, after answering a few questions about the problems with your lawn, Sunday delivers the products necessary to get it up to par with instructions on how to use it. Scotts can’t beat that.

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    Sunday offers a soil test kit so you can take a sample and send it back for even more personalized solutions based on the pH of your lawn. With Scotts, there are no plans or services. You must drive to the store and buy the products yourself. This requires a little know-how, so it’s the right choice for the true DIYers, but not for everyone else.

    Regarding fertilization, Sunday offers custom-formulated nutrient blends based on your soil’s specific requirements. It provides granular fertilizers rich in essential nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, promoting healthy growth and root development.

    Scotts also offers various lawn fertilizers with different nutrient ratios to suit various lawn conditions. However, it’s worth noting that Sunday’s custom-formulated blends provide a more tailored approach compared to Scotts’ generic options.

    Scotts uses more chemical-based products, while Sunday takes an environmentally friendly approach. There’s no right or wrong answer here; your choice is based on your preference.

    Both companies offer an expansive list of grass seeds for overseeding and starting grass from scratch. Scott has its EZ seed, Turf Builder, and Rapid Grass options depending on how simple or fast you need the grass to grow.

    Sunday will send you the right grass seed based on your location, which, again, helps take some of the thought out and guarantees that you have the best chance of growing grass.

    One thing I like about Scotts is the sheer quantity of grass seed available based on your needs. Scotts has products for:

    • Growing a thicker lawn
    • Shady lawns
    • Fast growth
    • Drought
    • New sod
    • Bare spots

    Keep in mind that neither of these companies offers mowing or a subscription service where anyone actually comes out to your house to develop a lawn care program.

    The bottom line: I still have to give the podium to Sunday because simplicity is king, and many homeowners don’t know what they need. All they know is that they want a nice green lawn, and Sunday takes accountability for that.

    Pre-emergent and Weed Control
    Grub Control
    Pest Control 
    Tree and Shrub Services  

    Customer Reviews: Sunday Vs. Scotts

    As many know, the Internet is a breeding ground for complaints, and you don’t have to go far to find someone with something bad to say.

    While this is true for both companies, both have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and 4.5-star ratings on Google.

    Some of the complaints for Sunday come from the lack of understanding about the recurring lawn care subscription. Many homeowners don’t realize they’re signing up for a year-to-year subscription with Sunday. Even though it does say it right here:

    Sunday lawn care subscription checkout
    Coty Perry / Sunday

    Many of the reviews for Sunday on Google are from Influenster.com, which is a platform designed to give people free products in exchange for positive reviews. Most of the negative reviews come from Google and Lowe’s.

    Some authentic positive reviews speak about the ease and simplicity of using Sunday. While there are plenty of satisfied customers, many are unsure if Sunday is the right long-term solution because they say the results are mediocre at best.

    As for Scotts, the Triple Action Turf Builder is one of its most popular products, so we’ll use this as an example. People are very critical of it due to its high price tag of around $35 per bag.

    The overall theme of the reviews is that following instructions carefully when using the product is important, and you’ll get the desired results.

    The bottom line: While it’s hard to pick a “winner” in this case, I think Scotts has a better reputation because I can trust that the reviews are unbiased. If you follow the instructions and use the right products, you will get the results you want with Scotts.

    Read also: Full Assessment of TruGreen

    Availability: Sunday Vs. Scotts

    Since both Sunday and Scotts are DIY services, they’re available in all 50 states.

    The best thing about Sunday is that it sends you what you need when you need it. So, if you have a fertilizer designed to help your lawn survive the harsh summer heat, you’ll get the product when it’s time to use it.

    This is perfect for busy families who don’t want to worry about planning a lawn care schedule for the whole year. Sunday sends you a spreader, nutrient pouches, and everything else you need for a healthy lawn.

    That said, it’s hard to beat the simplicity of just jumping in your car and buying a bag of seed or liquid fertilizer from Scotts. It’s available everywhere, every store has it, and it has a wide range of products based on your location and individual issues.

    The bottom line: It’s a tie for availability since you can literally get Sunday and Scotts products pretty much anywhere. It’s nice that Sunday provides you with a specific plan based on your location, but you’re probably a 5 to 10-minute drive from a bag of Scotts Weed and Feed, so it’s hard to compare the two.

    So, Is Sunday or Scotts the Best?

    Based on the following factors:

    • Simplicity and ease of use
    • Product availability
    • Reputation
    • Customer service
    • Personal experience

    I choose Sunday as the recommended DIY lawn care service.

    Sunday’s products target the issues with your lawn and help you fix the problem at its core. While it might take a little longer to get results with Sunday, the company uses natural pesticides and herbicides to provide better long-term results. You can read my Sunday lawn care review for my full opinion of the company and its services.

    FAQs: Sunday Vs. Scotts

    Does Sunday use organic fertilizer?

    Yes, Sunday uses organic and eco-friendly fertilizers as part of its lawn care approach. The company prioritizes sustainability and environmental friendliness by formulating its fertilizers with natural ingredients.

    Can you apply Sunday on wet grass?

    Sunday generally recommends applying its products on dry grass. Applying lawn care products, including fertilizers and herbicides, on wet grass can reduce their effectiveness. Wet grass can prevent the products from adhering properly to the blades and soil, leading to uneven distribution and potential runoff.

    What is the difference between Scotts and Sunday?

    The main difference is that Sunday is more of a “service,” where Scotts is a line of lawn care products.

    Methodology: How I Evaluated Sunday Vs. Scotts Against Our Review Standards

    At Today’s Homeowner, we strive to bring you the most accurate information for your home improvement projects. Our lawn company ratings emphasize what matters most to you — a wide range of useful products with reliable service and impressive results.

    Our ratings are based on publicly available information about each company, secret shopping via phone and internet, customer-review analysis, and discussions with lawn and landscaping specialists.

    Each company can earn up to 100 points divided across five categories. We assess those point scores, then convert them to a five-star scale to determine rankings. We researched popular lawn care companies across the country to develop the following category breakdown:

    • Plan Options (36 points): Lawn care companies earn the most points in this category if they offer a wide range of plans to fit various homeowner needs. Companies providing services like fertilization, aeration, seeding, and tree/shrub care will earn more points than providers with base-level plans.
    • Additional Offerings (11 points): We score this category by evaluating additional offerings that enhance a company’s overall service selection. Companies that provide pest control services, organic lawn care products, and a la carte options score the highest in this category.
    • Customer Service (25 points): We considered how far each company goes to ensure customers have convenient, intuitive access to products and services with contact forms, online chat features, and additional learning resources.
    • State Availability (8 points): We factored each company’s state availability into its overall score. Companies with more locations and wider service areas score higher than those with limited availability.
    • Trustworthiness (20 points): We score each company’s trustworthiness based on its Better Business Bureau accreditation and score, number of years in business, and Google Star ratings.

    We monitor company data on an ongoing basis to keep rankings and information up to date.

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    Coty Perry

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    Coty Perry is a lawn and garden writer for Today’s Homeowner. He focuses on providing homeowners with actionable tips that relate to the “Average Joe” who is looking to achieve a healthier and greener lawn. When he isn’t writing he can almost always be found coaching youth football or on some trail in Pennsylvania in search of the next greatest fishing hole.

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