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The 5 Steps to Fertilizing your Lawn

Fertilizer Pellets Spraying onto a Green LawnAn attractive lawn can increase a lot of curb appeal for a single-family rental property in Elliott City while keeping your tenants happy. To maintain a green and healthy lawn, it is critical to fertilize it regularly 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 ideal period to apply the first round of fertilizer to your rental’s lawn is early in the spring. As soon as the soil has warmed up to around 55 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s an ideal opportunity to apply some fertilizer. You can determine that the soil is warm enough by checking for the first new growth of grass. In certain 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. Likewise, it is a smart idea to use a slow-release fertilizer that comes in granular form. Slow-release fertilizers break down into the soil over time, which indicates that you don’t need to fertilize your garden as often as possible. And about, picking a granular fertilizer makes it easier to apply and to control how much you use.

3.   Water Regularly

Most of the mistakes property owners usually make is to overwater their lawn, thinking that it will decrease the necessity 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. Once again, make sure you understand the right methods to water your garden.

4.   Use the Right Spreader

For the lawns of single-family rental homes, professionals advise 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. For tiny gardens, try to use a handheld broadcast spreader, which you typically crank by hand. When using either size spreader, it is necessary to walk at a steady pace to ensure consistent coverage.

5.   Apply Carefully

For large lawn areas, professionals advise utilizing a specific pattern to spread fertilizer evenly. 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 application 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 implementing these easy guidelines, your rental property’s lawn can grow strong and healthy season after season. Here at Real Property Management Metro, we know you’ve a hectic life and that’s why we’re here to assist you. You can reach one of our Ellicott City property managers at 410-290-3285 and get more information today.

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