Master Lawn vs. Lawn Doctor of DeSoto County: 2 Northern MS Lawn Service Options

A great-looking lawn doesn’t just happen. It takes quite a bit of work to get your lawn looking its best, which is why you might be on the hunt for professional lawn services in Olive Branch, MS. 

While that might seem like an easy enough task, with the number of lawn care companies in our region, it can actually become quite a large undertaking. That’s because the best way to research companies (and make the best choice) is to compare them side-by-side.

How do they stack up against each other?

Of course, you might not know exactly what you need to look at as you perform these comparisons. What points matter most and what should you be exploring further?

In order to help make the process easier for you, we’re looking at two different companies head-to-head. In this article, we’ll compare Master Lawn to Lawn Doctor in Olive Branch, MS.

Who is Lawn Doctor of DeSoto County?

Chances are, you’ve heard the Lawn Doctor name. That’s because this organization is a national franchise that has been around since 1967. In fact, there are more than 500 locations across the country, including those that service Northern Mississippi. 

In terms of these various locations, these are local franchises, run by individual owners. That means that you can’t just research Lawn Doctor, the national company—you really need to research the local franchise. In our case, that would be Lawn Doctor of DeSoto County.

Service Comparison

At a quick glance, the services offered by Lawn Doctor of DeSoto County don’t seem that different from the services offered by Master Lawn. The local Lawn Doctor website lists their services as the following.

  • Fertilization & Weed Control
  • Grub Control
  • Tree & Shrub Care
  • Flea & Tick Control

However, a big difference is the fact that Lawn Doctor is limited in only offering lawn care services whereas Master Lawn can provide homeowners with comprehensive landscaping services thanks to their affiliation with sister company Michael Hatcher & Associates.

Michael Hatcher & Associates landscape technician

That means that if you have an issue outside of the scope of what your lawn services can offer, you don’t have to go and research a landscape company to hire. There can be a seamless transition that ensures all of your property needs are fully met.

Program Comparison

Within the lawn care offerings, you’ll also want to explore how these services are structured. Unfortunately, the information on the program offered by Lawn Doctor of DeSoto County is relatively vague. 

They state on their website that their “annual Fertilization and Weed plans” feature 8 treatments which include lawn fertilization, pre-emergent weed control, broadleaf and crabgrass control, and pH balancing and lime. They do not appear to have multiple program options.

However, at Master Lawn, we offer 3 different lawn care programs at 3 different price points so that you can choose what best suits your specific needs. Among those options is our Platinum program, a hybrid approach program that uses organic, bio-nutritional probiotic soil additives to reduce the need for pesticides, plus includes core aeration. As far as we can tell, there is no program like this with Lawn Doctor.

Team Comparison

Another point that you should evaluate when comparing one lawn services company to another is the people who are working for them. The best way to do this is generally to take time perusing their websites. There should be pictures of the team and even some information about them.

Master Lawn lawn care team Northern MS

Unfortunately, there is not a lot of information about the team at Lawn Doctor of DeSoto County. This is actually common at a lot of franchises that are part of a large national organization. They receive a page that is linked to the national brand’s main website, but you really don’t get a sense of who the people are that work for that company. They use a lot of stock imagery and generic information. Sometimes, large franchises are known for having a lot of turnover, so it doesn’t make sense for them to share information about their team because they never have the same people working there for long.

In contrast, Master Lawn has team photos and even videos that show our actual team members. We have long-time, tenured team members working for us and we are proud to tell you about them. In fact, we understand that most of our customers like the idea of knowing who is going to be coming to their home and working on their lawn.

Comparing Online Reviews

Another really great way to compare companies side-by-side is to look at their online reviews. This can be incredibly revealing as it gives you the opportunity to see what others who have used a lawn services company’s services have to say about them.

As you look at online reviews, consider not only the number of stars that a lawn service was given (on a 5-point scale) but also how many people have reviewed the company. It is more difficult to maintain a high rating with so many people reviewing you. 

Lawn Doctor of DeSoto County Reviews

Google: 4.3-stars based on 68 reviews

Master Lawn Reviews

Google: 4.7-stars based on 75 reviews

Choosing Lawn Services in Olive Branch, MS

There’s no doubt that running these comparisons from one company to another can be a lot of work. But we commend you for taking the time to research your options and make the best choice. As you perform these side-by-side reviews, it’s easy to see that lawn care services can be quite different and it’s important that you hold yours to a high standard in terms of what you expect for your investment.


For that reason, you have probably come to recognize that choosing a lawn care company based on the name alone is taking a risk. With such easy access to a wealth of information, you have the opportunity to make a very calculated decision based on a variety of important factors that you can research. That’s how you should ultimately be making your choice.

Of course, you’re not in this alone. If we can do anything to help make the process easier, let us know. Hopefully, by performing one of these comparisons in this article, it will help simplify the process for you. But you can ask us questions and count on us for honest information. Though the lawn care industry has gotten a bad rap for selling customers services they don’t really need, we assure you that’s not how we do business. We’ll give you direct and truthful information, no matter what.

At the end of the day, we want you to be happy—and to love your lawn. After all, when you’re investing in professional lawn care services, you deserve to get the results you desire.

Ready to learn why Master Lawn could be your choice for the best lawn care service in Olive Branch, MS or Memphis, TN? Talk to a lawn care expert, choose from 3 program options, and become the master of your lawn.

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Joey Steele, Lawn & Plant Health Care Manager

Since 2004, Joey has been using his B.S. in Landscape Construction and his turf and ornamental certifications to transform properties in our area. He loves seeing the fruit of his team's hard work and enjoys the many relationships he's formed since joining our team in 2008. He's an Olive Branch, MS native and enjoys spending time with his wife and three young boys, fishing and going to football games.

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