Three Ways to Spread Fertilizer and Grass Seed

If you want to evenly spread material over your lawn, there’s not better way to do it than with a spreader.

Spreading grass fertilizer or seed on lawn.
Whether you choose a walk-behind or handheld spreader, one can help you evenly distribute fertilizer, seed, or whatever else you’re dropping on your lawn.Scotts

A mechanical spreader is a handy way to fertilize, spread seed, and control weeds and pests in your lawn or garden. Some spreaders can also handle sand, salt, de-icer, or dirt (be sure to check the specs). Using a spreader ensures more uniformity than hand sowing and enables greater efficiency in spreading more per hour. Most spreaders feature settings to control the size of the opening, which determines how fast your material is spread. Some fertilizer manufacturers will have a label indicating optimal spreader settings for their product. Choosing the spreader that works best for you depends on the size of your project and the spreading accuracy you need. Here are three types of spreaders to consider.

Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard DLX Broadcast Spreader

Full Lawn Coverage

This one features a side-guard to limit overspread, enabling a more accurate job along edges.Scotts

A broadcast spreader uses a rotary mechanism to propel and disperse seed, fertilizer, etc. beyond the drop zone between the wheels and under the spreader bin. When you’re covering a large area and precision isn’t required, a broadcast spreader is just the ticket. You’ll accomplish your spreading project faster with a broadcaster. Broadcasters are available as push spreaders, or tow-behind a garden tractor. Some are directionally adjustable.

Scotts Turf Builder Classic Drop Spreader

Comes Fully Assembled

This model covers a 22-inch swath with an adjustable rate.Scotts

A drop spreader is the best choice where precision control and accuracy are needed. A lawn with lots of flower beds or intricate landscaping calls for a spreader that only disburses directly beneath the spreader box. This is particularly true when using “weed-and-feed” products. Drop spreaders work well for medium-sized projects.

Scotts Whirl Hand-Powered Spreader

Perfect for Small Yards

This hand-crank version features an arm support for ease of use.Scotts

Hand spreaders are great for small lawns and projects. Some versions offer straps and chest mounts for ease of carrying, and others feature ergonomic supports for ease of use. Hand-cranking and battery-powered models are available, and mostly use a rotary device for spreading.