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The 5 Steps to Fertilizing your Lawn

Fertilizer Pellets Spraying onto a Green LawnAn attractive lawn can add a lot of curb appeal to a single-family rental property in Medford while keeping your tenants satisfied. If you want to maintain a green and healthy lawn, you must know that it is essential to fertilize it often 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 minute when the soil has warmed up to around 55 degrees Fahrenheit is the time you need to apply some fertilizer. You can identify that the soil is warm enough by waiting for the first new growth of grass. In several other areas of the country, the first feeding typically happens in mid-April.

2.   Buy the Right Fertilizer

When buying 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. It is also a smart idea to have a slow-release fertilizer that comes in granular form. Slow-release fertilizers break down into the soil over time, ensuring you do not need to fertilize as much as possible. Besides, choosing a granular fertilizer makes it easier to apply and to control how much you use.

3.   Water Regularly

A common mistake of property owners is they overwater their lawn due to the misconception that it would decrease the amount needed for 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, 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. Apart from that, make sure that you take the correct procedure 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 smaller sections, which you typically crank by hand. While utilizing both size spreader, it is imperative to know that you need to walk at a steady pace to ensure consistent coverage.

5.   Apply Carefully

For large lawn areas, professionals 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 fertiliser ending up in 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.

By following these simple methods, your rental property’s lawn can grow strong and healthy season after season. Here at Real Property Management Landmark, we understand you have a busy life, and that is the reason we’re here to support you. You can talk with one of our Medford property managers at 516-522-2859 and get more details today.

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