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The 5 Steps to Fertilizing your Lawn

Fertilizer Pellets Spraying onto a Green LawnMake your tenants feel the joy of the home by adding an attractive lawn to your single-family rental property in Hendersonville. Add that curb appeal to the home in just a few steps! For a green and healthy lawn to sustain itself, it needs your help. Be sure to fertilize it when needed.  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. How can I tell if the soil is warm enough? When you notice the first new growth of grass. For most regions of the country, the first feeding typically happens in mid-April.

  1. Buy the Right Fertilizer

Upon buying 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. A good option to consider is a slow-release fertilizer that comes in granular form. This type of fertilizer allows you to save time since slow-release fertilizers break down into the soil over time, making it possible to not fertilize as often. Moreover, granular fertilizers facilitate easier application and control of how much to use.

  1. Water Regularly

A common misconception is that overwatering the lawn leads to less need for fertilizers. This is something property owners need to realize is false. 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 lawns of single-family rental homes, the popular choice is 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. And if you’re dealing with smaller areas, you can go with a handheld broadcast speaker, which is typically cranked by hand. Whether you go for a smaller size or not, the spreader is not as important as you must walk at a steady pace to ensure consistent coverage.

  1. Apply Carefully

For large lawn areas, consider applying 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.

Remember…

After having your rental property’s preliminary 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 steps, your rental property’s lawn can grow strong and healthy season after season. We can understand if this may come as something of a daunting task. But, we’re here to help. At Real Property Management Investor’s Choice, we make your life just a little bit less complicated. Feel free to contact us online or by phone at 615-810-9578. We’ll be glad to answer any of your questions.

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