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The 5 Steps to Fertilizing your Lawn

Fertilizer Pellets Spraying onto a Green LawnMake your tenants feel the joy of the home by adding an attractive lawn to your single-family rental property in Slaton. Add that curb appeal to the home in just a few steps! To preserve a green and healthy lawn, it is essential to fertilize it well from time to time. By following a few simple steps, you can keep your rental property’s lawn looking great throughout the warmer months.

  1. Start in the Spring

The best time to apply the first round of fertilizer to your rental’s lawn is early in the spring. Once the soil has warmed up to around 55 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s time to apply some fertilizer. The first new growth of grass indicates that the soil is warm enough. For most portions of the country, the first feeding typically happens in mid-April.

  1. Buy the Right Fertilizer

It is important to look for the right mix of nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium when you’re on the hunt for what type of fertilizer to use. Landscapers and lawn care experts recommend choosing a fertilizer with a mixture of 20-5-10 for spring. A recommended pick would be a slow-release fertilizer that comes in granular form. This type of fertilizer allows you to save time since slow-release fertilizers break down into the soil over time, making it possible to not fertilize as often. Moreover, granular fertilizers facilitate easier application and control of how much to use.

  1. Water Regularly

An error that property owners tend to make is to overwater their lawn, assuming that this will lead to less usage of fertilizer. However, if you water your lawn and stimulate growth, you’ll need to apply more fertilizer to provide the appropriate amount of nutrients. When applying fertilizer, be sure to check the label and follow watering instructions. Some types of fertilizer require a wet lawn for application, while others can be applied when the lawn is dry. To be on the safe side of things, follow these steps!

  1. Use the Right Spreader

A broadcast spreader is usually recommended for the lawns of single-family rental homes, as it does its fertilizing well. A broadcast spreader is relatively inexpensive and easy to use and will help you control how much fertilizer you use. If it doesn’t bother you to use your hands for cranking, consider using a handheld broadcast spreader. Walk at a steady pace to ensure consistent coverage, regardless of the size of the spreader you’re using.

  1. Apply Carefully

For large lawn areas, it is highly effective to use a specific pattern to spread fertilizer evenly. For example, one recommended approach is to start by going around the perimeter of the lawn first, then fill in the middle area by working in only one direction. Apply the first half of the fertilizer this way, then spread the second half by moving in a perpendicular direction to your first application. This routine will ensure even coverage and prevent using too much fertilizer in any one place.


Once your rental property’s first feeding in April is done, plan to fertilize your lawn at least four more times. Experts recommend applying the second round of fertilizer after four weeks, then every six to eight weeks throughout the summer and fall.

By following these simple steps, your rental property’s lawn can grow strong and healthy season after season. Because life is short, Real Property Management Services is committed to helping you achieve the most of what you can. Let us help you. If you are interested in learning more or have additional questions, please contact us online or by phone at 806-853-6546 today.

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