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The 5 Steps to Fertilizing your Lawn

Fertilizer Pellets Spraying onto a Green LawnOne of the things that can increase the curb appeal of a single-family rental property in Hewitt is an attractive lawn.  To keep a green and healthy lawn, fertilize it properly and consistently! 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. Upon seeing the first new growth of grass, this should tell you that the soil is already warm enough. For most portions of the country, the first feeding typically happens in mid-April.

  1. Buy the Right Fertilizer

In your search for the right 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. An excellent selection would be slow-release fertilizers that come in granular form. Because of how slow-release fertilizers work — they break down into the soil over time — you can fertilize less often.  And, granular fertilizers are easier to apply and control how much you 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 you don’t mind the typical crank-by-hand method, a handheld broadcast spreader would do the job. Regardless of which size of spreader you use, remember to walk at a steady pace to ensure consistent coverage.

  1. Apply Carefully

For large lawn areas, it is advised to go for 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.


When you finish your rental property’s first 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 following these simple steps, your rental property’s lawn can grow strong and healthy season after season. Because life is short, Real Property Management Apex is committed to helping you achieve the most of what you can. Let us help you. Please contact us online or call us at 254-732-1599 to learn more about how we can serve you.

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