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The 5 Steps to Fertilizing your Lawn

Fertilizer Pellets Spraying onto a Green LawnIt is often overlooked, but an attractive lawn can do wonders for your home. For one, it ups the curb appeal of your single-family rental property in Spanish Springs. If you want your lawn to continue to be green and healthy, the key is to fertilize it constantly and appropriately. 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 areas of the country, the first feeding typically happens in mid-April.

  1. Buy the Right Fertilizer

When purchasing 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. A worthy alternative is a slow-release fertilizer that comes in granular form. What makes this great is that you won’t need to fertilize so much since slow-release fertilizers break down into the soil over time. Besides, with granular fertilizers, it’s easier to apply and to control how much you use.

  1. Water Regularly

Wanting to use less fertilizer, property owners often commit the mistake of overwatering their lawns, not realizing that it simply doesn’t work that way. 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. When you stick to the steps that need to be followed, you can’t go wrong.

  1. Use the Right Spreader

For single-family rental homes, most people recommend a broadcast spreader for fertilizing your lawn. 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.


Plan to fertilize your lawn at least four more times after your rental property’s initial feeding in April. 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. Can’t be bothered? Not a problem. At Real Property Management Corazon, we make sure you can still achieve the things you want to. Allow us to do the work for you. If you are interested in learning more or have additional questions, please contact us online or by phone at 775-826-1414 today.

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