Coty Perry

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Coty Perry

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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Lora Novak meticulously proofreads and edits all commercial content for Today’s Homeowner to guarantee that it contains the most up-to-date information. Lora brings over 12 years of writing, editing, and digital marketing expertise. She’s worked on thousands of articles related to heating, air conditioning, ventilation, roofing, plumbing, lawn/garden, pest control, insurance, and other general homeownership topics.

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May 8, 2023

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    Sunday is not your typical lawn care service. Instead of sending technicians to your house to improve your yard, the company mails you specially designed treatments you apply to your lawn yourself using a garden hose.

    You’re likely asking yourself: Does it work? I’ve read hundreds of Sunday Lawn Care reviews and tested most of the products myself. I’ve also spent years in the industry working with many of the ingredients Sunday provides.

    The answer is yes, it does work – if you use the products properly. Overall, Sunday Lawn Care can be a great option for homeowners who aren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty and who like saving money.

    • Sunday Lawn Care mails fertilizers, grass seeds and other products directly to your home with instructions on how and when to apply them.
    • The company’s standard plan typically costs between $185 and $350 per year.
    • Sunday is available in all 50 states, and your plan is tailored to where you live.

    Our Review of Sunday Lawn Care

    Sunday Lawn Care is a DIY solution that aims to take some of the thinking out of caring for your lawn. It uses satellites to measure your yard and location to determine what herbicides and fertilizers you need and at what time. Then the company mails them to your house several times per year, with instructions on how and when to apply them.

    The result is a super simple process that anyone can do to get a beautiful green lawn without having any experience. I find that Sunday sends you high-quality products that work well to improve the health of your lawn, and at a much cheaper price than you’d pay hiring a traditional lawn care company.

    There are downsides, though. You don’t have much control over the products Sunday sends you, unless you decide to purchase them à la carte. But what was the most frustrating about the whole process is the lack of a mobile app. Signing up and ordering your products is pretty intuitive, but a mobile app would take it to the next level.

    Here is a full run-down of how Sunday stacks up against its competitors.

    Plan Options of Sunday Lawn Care

    Score: 89%

    Pros and Cons

    Comprehensive custom plan options for a variety of needsNo options for aeration, so you’ll have to hire out for this
    Pre and post-emergent weed killer options
    Wide variety of grass seeds for different climates

    What We Like

    What makes Sunday Lawn Care different from your typical “box” service is that it customizes your package based on where you live and what you need. Everything comes packaged nicely and delivered right to your door with instructions on how to use it.

    When you fill out the information about your lawn, you’ll describe it and explain some of your issues. For example, if you have a lot of bare spots due to dogs running around and digging up your yard, Sunday will factor that in by providing you with Bare Repair seed and fertilizer that is safe for pets.

    If you explain that you have a lot of dandelions, Sunday will provide you with “Dandelion Doom” concentrate for you to spray to kill the weeds.

    What We Don’t Like

    You will notice that Sunday doesn’t offer any type of aeration tools or services. This isn’t exactly surprising, and aerating your lawn yourself with a pitchfork isn’t that difficult. Still, it’s something you’ll need to keep in mind if you want a rock-star lawn. If you don’t want to aerate yourself, you could hire a lawn care company for this.

    Additional Offerings of Sunday Lawn Care

    Score: 100%

    Pros and Cons

    Custom DIY pest control add-on options availableAdditional cost to lawn care plans
    Comprehensive options for dozens of pests
    À la carte options if you just want to test it out

    What We Like

    One thing that makes me very happy about Sunday is that you have options outside of their typical packages.

    It offers custom DIY pest control for a variety of pests if you have that issue. Plus, you can purchase most of their products à la carte to test them out or simply plus up on something you’d like to use more of.

    What We Don’t Like

    These add-on options don’t come free. Taking advantage of these additional services can run up your bill in a significant way.

    Availability of Sunday Lawn Care

    Score: 100%

    Pros and Cons

    Sunday is available in all 50 statesYou don’t always know when Sunday is sending you a box
    Some DIY service providers do not ship to Alaska or Hawaii
    Plans designed specifically for these states

    What We Like

    We love the personalization of Sunday Lawn Care. When you fill out your information, you get a unique package designed specifically for your climate and soil.

    The one thing that makes it even more unique is that it sends you the box when you need it which means that products meant to be sprayed in the fall, will arrive in the fall. It’s great because you don’t need to plan your own lawn care schedule with Sunday.

    What We Don’t Like

    If you travel frequently or are caring for an investment property, keep in mind that you may not be able to plan the arrival of your box.

    We discovered that a quick call to Sunday’s customer service is enough to handle this though. Its team will package up your order and send it to you according to your specifications, or it can let you know exactly when it’s coming so you can be prepared.

    Customer Service of Sunday Lawn Care

    Score: 60%

    Pros and Cons

    You can handle every step of the ordering process onlineNo mobile app to manage your order
    FAQs and help center available 24/7 for assistance
    Live customer service seven days a week from 9-5 (SMS too)

    What We Like

    When Sunday was used for the first time, we were surprised by how easy the process was. Best of all, we were able to contact the company and speak to a live representative within five minutes of calling.

    What We Don’t Like

    A mobile app is likely coming soon because their website functions a lot like one. It would be nice to receive notifications when a lawn application is coming up or when a box has shipped to your home.

    Trustworthiness of Sunday Lawn Care

    Score: 75%

    Pros and Cons

    A+ Rating with the Better Business BureauNew kid on the block, in business for less than 10 years
    4 Star rating on Google
    Strong reputation in our personal trials

    What We Like

    Sunday has a strong reputation on Google, with the Better Business Bureau, and with everyone here at Today’s Homeowner.

    As a lawn care professional, I love Sunday, and I use it for my own yard. I think it’s an affordable option with safe materials that are good for the environment. Above all else, it works, and it’s simple.

    What We Don’t Like

    While the company has a strong reputation, it hasn’t truly been put to the test. Sunday is still a young company and hasn’t stood the test of time quite yet.

    What Plans and Services Does Sunday Offer?

    Next, to explain more of the specifics behind the Sunday Lawn Care plans so you can understand what you get for your money and what it does for your lawn.

    The Smart Lawn Plan

    Costs: Ranging from $120 to $350+ for an annual subscription plan

    The Smart Lawn Care Plan is the standard offering from Sunday, and it provides you with a custom plan designed based on your specific needs. To get started, you’ll go through the process of answering a few questions about your yard including:

    • Who uses your lawn? Pets or kids?
    • Do you have any bare spots? How bad are they?
    • What is your lawn care goal? A nice green lawn, lawn health, lush growth, or all-natural?
    • Are weeds taking over your lawn?
    • What is your experience with lawn care?

    Next, Sunday will calculate the size of your lawn using satellite imaging. Here’s what it looks like on the site.

    Credit: Sunday Lawn Care

    Next, you’ll receive a customized quote containing everything you need and a few estimates based on different tiered packages.

    Credit: Sunday Lawn Care

    As you can see, for a pretty small lawn of 3,000 square feet, the most basic plan costs $189 for the full season.

    That’s not too bad, and you’d likely wind up spending a lot more than that if you tried to go and purchase everything you need on your own.

    The differences between the plans primarily come down to the number of products you receive. If you plan to seed your lawn in the fall, as most homeowners do, you’ll need to go with the Grow & Renew plan.

    If you’re simply trying to preserve a decent lawn, you’ll go with Keep & Protect. Here’s what you get with that plan.

    Credit: Sunday Lawn Care

    This plan features everything you need to apply the fertilizer to your lawn as well as wildflower seeds and a soil test kit for your soil sample. Sunday uses that sample to better tailor your lawn care products moving forward. A second box ships in July containing more fertilizer you’ll need to power through the hot summer and into the fall.

    Again, simplicity and zero thought are the names of the game here. If you don’t have lawn care experience but don’t want to pay to have someone physically come out and do it for you, I’ve found no better options than Sunday Lawn Care.

    You get everything you need and a step-by-step guide explaining when it’s time to apply each pouch. You only need to hook the sprayer to your hose and spray. The process takes around 15 minutes.

    Today’s Homeowner Tips

    Pro (or not so pro) Tip: Keep in mind that these pouches can freeze. I made the dumb mistake of leaving them in my shed through the spring, and we had a few cold nights. One of my liquid fertilizers froze and split the bag, so it leaked out. Luckily, Sunday was kind enough to replace it at no cost.

    Credit: Sunday Lawn Care

    I don’t have any dogs but I said that I did for this test to see what Sunday would provide. It offers a specialized Pet Lawn Grass Seed that is designed to be urine-resistant. There is also a liquid nutrient pouch (pet patch) for repairing damaged grass and dead spots due to urine.

    All in all, it can’t get much simpler than this. The price varies based on the size of your yard so as long as your lawn isn’t massive, you can get away with a pretty affordable DIY solution that gets you the dream lawn you’ve always wanted.

    Custom Pest Control Plan

    Costs range from $50 to $250+ per year based on your yard size

    Most people will choose the Smart Lawn Plan, but the company also offers pest control. You can choose to have one or the other depending on your needs, and the process is basically the same. You’ll start by answering a few questions to determine what weed control products and lawn treatment you need:

    • What types of pests are bothering you?
    • What is your main goal? To keep them out of your house or out of your yard?
    • Where do you most commonly find the pests?
    • How bad are the pests?
    • What do you use your backyard for? Entertaining, family time, large parties, etc.

    In this example, I suggested that mosquitos and flying insects are a big issue in my yard, and here is the custom plan that Sunday set up.

    Credit: Sunday Lawn Care

    Again, this is based on a 3,000-square-foot yard, so the cost that you incur will vary based on the size of your yard and how severe the problem is.

    Being that this only applies to one shipment, I don’t get the feeling that Sunday’s pest control options are quite as affordable as their lawn care plans.

    It feels to me that $68 per year for a mosquito trap, candle, and two yard sprays is a little steep. That said, Sunday is charging you for ease of access and making the whole process a no-brainer.

    If you want to make your yard a more enjoyable space for your family and friends, their pest control plans might be a good option.

    How Much Does Sunday Lawn Care Cost?

    In general, a Sunday Lawn Care plan will run you between $120 to $350 for the year. Keep in mind that the plans will vary based on the level of work required to get the healthy grass you want.  

    These three tables will help you get an idea of the cost based on various square footage. 

    3,000-Square-Foot Yard
    PlanInitial CostCost Per Season
    Basic Care$94.50$189
    Keep & Protect$126.50$221
    Grow & Renew$188.50$283
    Lawn & Paws$228.50$323
    10,000-Square-Foot Yard
    PlanInitial CostCost Per Season
    Basic Care$139.50$279
    Keep & Protect$171.50$311
    Grow & Renew$264.50$404
    Lawn & Paws$324.50$464
    20,000-Square-Foot Yard
    PlanInitial CostCost Per Season
    Basic Care$179.50$359
    Keep & Protect$211.51$391
    Grow & Renew$231.50$411
    Lawn & Paws$256.50$436

    What Factors Can Save You Money With Sunday Lawn Care?

    If you’re looking at some of these costs and wondering how you’re going to afford it, there are a few things you can do to save some money here and there to put towards your DIY Sunday Lawn Care. 

    Respect the H2O — Everything in lawn care involves water, but that doesn’t mean we need to be wasteful. Make sure to water your lawn according to Sunday’s instructions, but don’t overdo it. Only water what is necessary, and stop if you see water puddling. 

    Mow properly — I always recommend that customers chop their grass before applying fertilizer because it helps promote new growth. Don’t cut your grass too low and think that you’re saving yourself time because it might kill your grass and sometimes cause more rapid growth down the road. 

    Fertilize correctly — Fertilizer can help keep your lawn healthy and green, but over-fertilization can lead to unnecessary expenses. Be sure to follow the recommended application rates and timing for your lawn type and use natural, organic fertilizers whenever possible.
    Use the correct grass seed — You need to use the grass seed that your lawn needs. Certain areas of the country need Fescue while others need Bluegrass. Using the right Sunday Lawn Care products for your yard will ensure the best success during the growing season.

    What Products and Ingredients Does Sunday Use?

    Environmental friendliness is a serious concern for many homeowners. Not to mention the fact that many herbicides and pesticides can have a negative impact on nearby flowers, vegetables, and other plants. Here are some of the products Sunday Lawn Care provides in their custom packages.

    Fall Fortify

    This formula is designed for end-of-season applications to prepare the grass for the winter months. It contains ingredients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium which are all designed to promote root development and plant growth during the cooler seasons.

    Green Machine

    This spring and summer formula promotes healthy root system growth for solid green grass. It contains a 6-0-0 formula of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. This means that it contains nitrogen but does not contain phosphorus and potassium. The reason is that it’s designed to help vegetative growth during the beginning stages of the warm season.

    Grass Powerhouse

    This formula uses sea kelp to support the growth of strong green grass. It contains 15% nitrogen, 10% potassium, 2% phosphorus, 2% iron, and 1% calcium, magnesium, and sulfur. The recipe is supposed to work together to provide balance to your lawn, promoting green grass growth as the warm season hits.

    Lawn Aid

    Lawn Aid fertilizer helps grass survive and grow through the hottest weather. This recipe contains a few unique ingredients that you don’t see in a lot of the other formulas. It’s a long list, so I won’t bore you with all of them, but here are some.

    • Humic acid — An organic compound found in coal to help water retention during hot summers.
    • Fulvic acid — An organic compound found in soil that enhances photosynthesis.
    • Seaweed extract — Contains a variety of minerals and vitamins that help chlorophyll production to boost the green appearance of your grass.
    • Molasses — Byproduct of sugar production to simulate beneficial microorganisms in the soil.
    • Molybdenum — A micronutrient that prevents yellowing and reduced growth.

    As you can see, even in the most intense formulas from Sunday, it uses all natural ingredients, eco-friendly, and organic lawn nutrients that naturally produce positive effects within your soil.

    Iron Booster

    This recipe contains a dose of iron and nitrogen to give your green grass what it needs to be healthy and green. It’s easy for plants to absorb and gives it a nice boost during the spring and summer months when plant growth is most active.

    Lawn Kickstart

    Kickstart has high nitrogen, iron, and potassium doses to promote lawn growth. Organic compounds like Bone meal, humic acid, and yucca extract, reduce soil compaction and promote proper drainage to maximize growth at the root level.

    How Do Others Feel About Sunday Lawn Care?

    I’ve read hundreds of reviews on the Better Business Bureau, Google, and Reddit. The consensus is clear that homeowners really love Sunday. They trust the company, they believe in the philosophy, and they love how affordable it is compared to full-service lawn care.

    Let’s take a look at some reviews.

    Positive Reviews of Sunday Lawn Care

    The overall theme is exactly what I expected when it comes to positive reviews about Sunday Lawn Care. If you have extensive lawn care knowledge, you might choose to use your judgment and pick products based on that.

    But, if you don’t have any experience or like the ease of use of Sunday, you’ll enjoy the service and likely have great results.

    “I’ve been using it for almost a year and it seems to be working well. You can probably do the research yourself and buy your own products and save some money but for a lawn noob like me it works great. Takes all the thinking out of it. Maybe once I get more experience I’ll use my own products but no complaints from me so far.”

    IamChris86 – reddit

    “Yes, and I'm still happy with it. I have to handle herbicide and pesticide on my own as necessary, but the Sunday products take care of fertilization.”

    Sonofagunn – reddit

    Negative Reviews of Sunday Lawn Care

    The bad reviews for Sunday generally revolve around the lack of knowledge about the auto-renewal.

    Credit: Sunday Lawn Care

    I’m no prude when it comes to strong opinions, and it’s pretty obvious that the company does its best to hide information like this, but it’s important to read everything when you agree to pay for a subscription service. It does state that the plan renews every spring right above the checkout button.

    Sunday Vs. Other Lawn Care Services

    CompanySuperlativePlansCostStates Covered
    TruGreenBest Customer Service5~$2,000/yr48
    Sunday Lawn CareBest DIY Lawn Service4$100-500/yr50
    LawnbrightBest Organic Lawn Treatmentsn/a$180-500/yr50

    One of the best things I discovered in my Sunday Lawn Care reviews is just how simple it is to get started:

    1. Visit Sunday’s website and click the signup button to get started.
    2. You’ll create an account, enter your address, email address, and answer a few questions about your lawn.
    3. Once you’ve done that, you’ll receive a few personalized plans based on your budget, the size of your lawn, and what your yard care goals are.
    4. Enter your payment information, choose your plan, and confirm your purchase.
    5. You’ll receive verification that everything was accepted, and you’ll get a date with the arrival of your first shipment.
    6. When your first shipment arrives, you’ll open the box and read the instructions, which will tell you what to apply and when.
    7. After that, you’ll follow the instructions outlining each application (once per month).
    8. If you ever have any questions or concerns, Sunday has a customer service line (415.903.6932) you can call seven days a week for help.

    If you want a greener lawn that the neighbors will notice, but you don’t have the money for a full-service lawn care company, Sunday is what you need. Click here to get started.

    FAQs About Sunday Lawn Care

    How long does it take for Sunday’s fertilizer to work?

    The effectiveness of Sunday fertilizer will vary based on many factors and can depend on the lawn fertilizer you’re using. Most homeowners will notice positive effects after 7-10 days, but it can take several weeks to notice a significant difference.

    How long does it take for Sunday lawn care to dry?

    It shouldn’t take longer than one hour for Sunday fertilizer to try. Once it dries, you are safe to walk on it. It’s recommended that you don’t apply the fertilizer if there is significant rainfall in the forecast.

    Does Sunday work on Bermuda grass?

    Yes, Sunday does work on Bermuda grass, and it will provide you with fertilizer and grass seed based on your specific needs.

    Methodology: How We Rank Lawn Care Companies

    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

    Coty Perry


    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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    Lora Novak

    Senior Editor

    Lora Novak meticulously proofreads and edits all commercial content for Today’s Homeowner to guarantee that it contains the most up-to-date information. Lora brings over 12 years of writing, editing, and digital marketing expertise. She’s worked on thousands of articles related to heating, air conditioning, ventilation, roofing, plumbing, lawn/garden, pest control, insurance, and other general homeownership topics.

    Learn More

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