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The 5 Steps to Fertilizing your Lawn

Fertilizer Pellets Spraying onto a Green LawnOne of the things that can increase the curb appeal of a single-family rental property in Monona is an attractive lawn.  To keep a green and healthy lawn, fertilize it properly and consistently! 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. Upon seeing the first new growth of grass, this should tell you that the soil is already warm enough. The first feeding typically happens in mid-April for most areas of the country.

  1. Buy the Right Fertilizer

When purchasing 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 worthy alternative is a slow-release fertilizer that comes in granular form. If you prefer not to fertilize often, this type of fertilizer would be the best pick, since slow-release fertilizers break down into the soil over time. Besides, with granular fertilizers, it’s easier to apply and to control how much you use.

  1. Water Regularly

One usual misunderstanding is that of overwatering lawns — property owners think that by doing this, they won’t need to use fertilizer as much. 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. Follow the steps to ensure safe practice.

  1. Use the Right Spreader

If yours is the lawn of a single-family rental home, then a broadcast spreader will do you well for fertilizing. A broadcast spreader is relatively inexpensive and easy to use and will help you control how much fertilizer you use. If your area is relatively smaller, a handheld broadcast spreader would be good, as you only typically crank it by hand. In any case, whatever size of the spreader you choose, don’t forget to walk at a steady pace to ensure consistent coverage.

  1. Apply Carefully

For large lawn areas, it is advised to go for 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.


When you finish 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 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 Greater Madison Metro, we make your life just a little bit less complicated. If you want to know more about what we can do to serve you, don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 608-310-1290.

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