DIY Lawn Care Subscriptions: Gnome vs. Sunday, Scotts, Lawnifi, Lawnbright, and Lawnbox
Lawn care subscriptions provide a great way to care for your lawn, without excessive time and energy. Many offer different options like annual, monthly, or one time purchases that allow you to get all your yard’s needs delivered right to your front door.
These subscriptions offer a less expensive option than paying a lawn care company to take care of your lawn for you and, typically, they are customized to your lawn's specific needs. They also allow you to enjoy a DIY option, without the hassle of deciding what to apply and when!
With a few different lawn care subscription companies out there, we’re here to help you determine which is the right choice for you!
Gnome (our winner)
If you are looking for a cost-effective, pet-safe plan to grow grass better than the pros, look no further. With plans Gnome offers a natural and highly effective fertilizer plan that starts at $99/year. Gnome also offers an all-organic lawn plan for those with organic gardens.
Similar to Sunday, Gnome is focused on using technology and data to provide cutting-edge care. Gnome's website includes a lawn size calculator. Gnome also customizes plans based on an online questionnaire and/or Soil Test Kit.
Gnome has exceptional customer service, as evidenced by the thousands of 5-star reviews.
However, what stands out about Gnome compared to Sunday is pre-emergent weed control. Gnome's Lawn Guard is a unique offering that adds pet-safe weed control to any lawn plan. Lawn Bright is the only other company on our list that offers organic weed control (Scotts' weed control is potentially hazardous to pets).
Most impressively, Gnome stands behind their plan with a 100-day Love Your Lawn™️ money back guarantee. No other companies on our list stand by their product with guaranteed results.
Sunday Lawn Care (runner up)
Similar to Gnome, Sunday Lawn Care provides customers with a Soil Test Kit and is pet friendly. Sunday offers good customer service through phone, text, email, and chat.
Like Gnome, Sunday provides liquid fertilizer programs that can be customized based on an online quiz and/or soil test.
It's difficult to choose Sunday over Gnome, however, because Gnome also provides: pre-emergent weed control, organic options, and a money back guarantee. Plus Gnome's $99 Magic Lawn Plan comes at a lower price than Sunday's $129 Smart Lawn Plan.
Scotts 4 Step Program (non-liquid option)
Scotts is a popular brand that you have likely seen advertised or in stores. With the Scotts 4 Step Program, customers can now have a regular delivery straight to their door.
The Scotts 4-step program uses granular fertilizer, so you will need a spreader to apply. Granular fertilizer doesn't absorb as readily into the soil and roots. It also is more likely to cause burning and runoff.
On the upside, the Scotts 4-step program does include weed control. Be cautious with pets and kids after applying Scotts weed control. If ingested, the non-organic weed control is potentially harmful to pets and humans.
The program is not customized, but it's a one-size-fits-all option that's sure to help prevent weeds.
Simple Lawn Solutions
Simple Lawn Solutions say their products have been tested for 3 generations. They do not have custom plans, but offer several products for one time purchase.
Simple Lawn Solutions is a good low-cost option if you are experienced in lawn care and actively involved in testing your soil regularly.
LawnBright promises to use simpler, natural ingredients. Their plans are designed simply based on grass type. Depending on whether you have cool-season, warm-season, or transition zone grass, you will receive a different number of shipments throughout the year.
Similar to Gnome, LawnBright offers organic pre-emergent weed control as an add-on to the fertilizer plan.
However, they come in at a relatively high price, with plans starting at $195/year.
Lawnifi is a lesser-known option. Now primarily sold through Sod Solutions, Lawnifi still offers a lawn plan.
However, the Lawnifi has a headscratching price of $699/year, which seems exorbitant for a plan that's similar to what you would get from Gnome, Sunday, or LawnBright.
Lawnbox sends perfectly-timed shipments of the products in the right amount, delivered to your doorstep. They offer organic lawn care without sacrificing the results.
Like Sunday, Gnome, and Scotts, Lawnbox offers a quiz to customize your plan.
Lawnbox uses granular fertilizer, so you will need a spreader to apply. Granular fertilizer doesn't absorb as readily into the soil and roots. It also is more likely to cause burning and runoff.
Lawn Serv packages high-quality third-party products and ship them to you to save you time. They provide products you could find in most retail stores, but they select the products best for you based on a soil test kit.
Products may include granular fertilizer, requiring a spreader. Lawn Serv plans are billed monthly.
In our unbiased opinion (ahem..) Gnome is the best! But if you don’t believe us, take it from the gnomes: 5 out of 5 gnomes recommend using Gnome for all your lawn care needs!