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The 5 Steps to Fertilizing your Lawn

Fertilizer Pellets Spraying onto a Green LawnAn attractive lawn will add another level of curb appeal to a single-family rental property in Forest Hills while making your tenants glad. If you want to keep the green and healthy lawn, you need to know that it is essential to fertilize it frequently and properly. 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 time to apply the first round of fertilizer to your rental’s lawn is early in the spring. The moment when the soil has warmed up to around 55 degrees Fahrenheit is the right time to apply it. You can see that the soil is warm enough by watching out for the first new growth of grass. In some other locations of the country, the first feeding typically happens in mid-April.

2.   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. It is also a nice idea to get a slow-release fertilizer that comes in granular form. Slow-release fertilizers break down into the soil over time, meaning that you do not need to fertilize as much as necessary. Using a granular fertilizer makes it easier to apply and to control how much you use.

3.   Water Regularly

The common problem among property owners is that they always overwater their lawn due to the misconception that it would decrease the amount of fertilizer needed. However, if you water your lawn and need to 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. In particular, make sure that you take the right approach to water your lawn.

4.   Use the Right Spreader

For the lawns of single-family rental homes, experts suggest using 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. Consider using a handheld broadcast spreader for the tiny sections, which you typically crank by hand. While utilizing both size spreader, to make your garden to become more attractive, you need to understand that you need to walk at a steady pace to ensure consistent coverage.

5.   Apply Carefully

For large lawn areas, specialists propose 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 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.

Through adopting these simple strategies, your rental property’s lawn can grow strong and healthy season after season. Here at Real Property Management Innovation, our priority is to help and we know that you have a busy life, that is the reason we’re here to assist you. You can talk with one of our Forest Hills property managers at 516-570-9275 and get more details today.

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