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The 5 Steps to Fertilizing your Lawn

Fertilizer Pellets Spraying onto a Green LawnAn attractive lawn will add a ton of curb appeal to a single-family rental property in Dacono while making your tenants satisfied. The critical thing to do to keep a green and healthy lawn is 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

If you want to have a perfect garden you should know the best time to apply the first round of fertilizer to your rental’s lawn. The correct time is early in the spring. When the soil has warmed up to around 55 degrees Fahrenheit, your next move is to apply some fertilizer. You can say that the soil is warm enough by keeping an eye out for the first new growth of grass. For 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. As well, it is a great idea to select a slow-release fertilizer that comes in granular form. Slow-release fertilizers break down into the soil over time, so that, you won’t have to fertilize as always. Besides, using a granular fertilizer makes it easier to apply and to control how much you use.

3.   Water Regularly

Most mistakes that property owners make is they often overwater their lawn because they think it will decrease the need 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. Once again, make sure you are taking the proper steps to water your lawn.

4.   Use the Right Spreader

For the lawns of single-family rental homes, professionals usually 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 tiny places, think about using a handheld broadcast spreader, which you typically crank by hand. When using any 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 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.


After 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 basic methods, your rental property’s lawn can grow strong and healthy season after season. At Real Property Management of the Rockies, we understand you have a busy life, and that’s the reason why we’re here to help. Talk to one of our Dacono property managers at 970-658-0410 and get more information today.

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