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The 5 Steps to Fertilizing your Lawn

Fertilizer Pellets Spraying onto a Green LawnAn attractive lawn will add a lot of curb appeal to a single-family rental property in Downey while ensuring your tenants are pleased. If you want to have a green and healthy lawn, it is significant to fertilize it consistently and accurately. 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 opportunity to apply the first round of fertilizer to your rental’s lawn is early in the spring. When the soil has warmed up to around 55 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s ready to apply some fertilizer. You can say that the soil is warm enough by checking for the first new growth of grass. In certain parts 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. Often, it is a wise decision to pick a slow-release fertilizer that comes in granular form. Slow-release fertilizers break down into the soil over time, which ensures that you don’t have to fertilize daily. Besides, choosing a granular fertilizer helps make it easier to apply and to control how much you use.

3.   Water Regularly

Many mistakes of property owners normally occur when overwatering their lawn, which they believe would minimize the requirement 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, 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. As standard, ensure you use the correct guidelines to water your lawn.

4.   Use the Right Spreader

For the lawns of single-family rental homes, specialists propose using a broadcast spreader for fertilizing. A broadcast spreader is relatively inexpensive, easy to use and will help you control how much fertilizer you use. For tiny areas, think about using a handheld broadcast spreader, which you typically crank by hand. When utilizing any size spreader, it is necessary to walk at a steady pace to ensure consistent coverage.

5.   Apply Carefully

For large lawn areas, specialists suggest using a specific pattern to spread fertilizer evenly. For your reference, 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 initial 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 adopting these basic directions, your rental property’s lawn can grow strong and healthy season after season. We recognize that you lead a busy life and that’s why Real Property Management Southland is here to help you out. To get more information today, call one of our expert Downey property managers at 562-270-1777.

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