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The 5 Steps to Fertilizing your Lawn

Fertilizer Pellets Spraying onto a Green LawnHaving an attractive lawn can boost the curb appeal of a single-family rental property in Harlan Ranch while ensuring your tenants are content. To preserve a green and healthy lawn, it is significant to fertilize it consistently and correctly. 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 right moment to apply the first round of fertilizer to your rental’s lawn is early in the spring. After the soil has warmed up to around 55 degrees Fahrenheit, that is the best time to apply some fertilizer. You can say that the soil is warm enough by waiting for the first new growth of grass. In some areas of the country, the first feeding typically happens in mid-April.

2.   Buy the Right Fertilizer

When looking for fertilizers, it is important to look for the right mix of nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium. Landscapers and lawn care experts recommend choosing a fertilizer with a mixture of 20-5-10 for spring. As well, it is a better idea if you use a slow-release fertilizer that comes in granular form. Slow-release fertilizers break down into the soil over time, which implies that you won’t have to fertilize as regularly. Furthermore, picking a granular fertilizer makes it easier to apply and to control how much you use.

3.   Water Regularly

One misstep property owners frequently make is to overwater their lawn, figuring it will lessen the amount needed for fertilizer. However, if you water your lawn and want to stimulate growth, you’ll need to apply more fertilizer to provide the appropriate amount of nutrients. When applying fertilizer, always make 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. Other than that, make sure you understand and follow the right steps to water your garden.

4.   Use the Right Spreader

For the lawns of single-family rental homes, analysts suggest to use a broadcast spreader for fertilizing. A broadcast spreader is relatively inexpensive and easy to use and will help you control how much fertilizer you use. For the tiny spots of grass in your garden, try to use a handheld broadcast spreader, which you typically crank by hand. While utilizing both size spreader, just always keep in mind to walk at a steady pace to ensure consistent coverage.

5.   Apply Carefully

For large lawn areas, experts recommend using a specific pattern to spread fertilizer evenly. For instance, 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.


After your rental property’s initial feeding in April, 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 performing these easy steps, your rental property’s lawn can grow strong and healthy season after season. We know you have a busy life at Real Property Management Platinum, and that is why we’re here to support you. Communicate with one of our Harlan Ranch property managers at 559-425-8550 and get more information today.

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