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The 5 Steps to Fertilizing your Lawn

Fertilizer Pellets Spraying onto a Green LawnOne of the many things that could bring delight to your tenants is an attractive lawn. It’s not just a pleasant sight, but it also brings a lot of curb appeal to your single-family rental property in Irving! 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 temperature of the soil is revealed with the first new growth of grass — this suggests that the soil is already warm enough. The first feeding typically happens in mid-April for certain regions of the country,

  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. 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. And, granular fertilizers are easier to apply and 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. Consider these steps and put them into practice so as not to make the same mistakes.

  1. Use the Right Spreader

For fertilizing lawns of single-family rental homes, it is highly recommended is a broadcast spreader. A broadcast spreader is relatively inexpensive and easy to use and will help you control how much fertilizer you use. Typically cranked by hand, the handheld broadcast spreader is a good alternative for smaller areas. While the size of the spreader is relatively significant, what is just as important is that you walk at a steady pace to ensure consistent coverage.

  1. Apply Carefully

For large lawn areas, specialists propose using 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. We are, as they say, all in this together, right? So, let us do what we do best, for you. At Real Property Management Lonestar, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish together. Don’t hesitate to contact us online or call our Austin office at 512-520-9060 or our Dallas office at 972-949-2000 for more information.

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