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The 5 Steps to Fertilizing your Lawn

Fertilizer Pellets Spraying onto a Green LawnAn attractive lawn can bring a lot of curb appeal to a single-family rental property in Hartford while keeping your tenants satisfied. If you want to sustain a green and healthy lawn, it is important 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 perfect 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 looking out for the first new growth of grass. In several areas of the country, the first feeding typically happens in mid-April.

2.   Buy the Right Fertilizer

When going to the store 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 a great idea to pick a slow-release fertilizer that comes in granular form. Slow-release fertilizers break down into the soil over time, which means you don’t have to fertilize regularly. Plus, selecting a granular fertilizer makes it easier to apply and to control how much you use.

3.   Water Regularly

One error property owners usually make is watering their lawn too much, figuring it will diminish the requirement for fertilizer. However, in order to 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 usual, ensure you are following the right methods to water your lawn.

4.   Use the Right Spreader

For the lawns of single-family rental homes, specialists 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. For little areas, think about using a handheld broadcast spreader, which you typically crank by hand. While utilizing either size spreader, it is essential to walk at a steady pace to ensure consistent coverage.

5.   Apply Carefully

For large lawn areas, specialists recommend 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 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 obeying these simple instructions, your rental property’s lawn can grow strong and healthy season after season. We understand you have a busy life and Real Property Management Hartford Metro/Greater New London would like to help you out. To get more details today, call one of our Hartford property managers at 860-436-9955.

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