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

Hopefully, it’s safe to assume you’re not following the Clark Griswold approach to lawn care. Using a fertilizer spreader to “write” your name in your lawn, or perhaps write something less mentionable on your neighbor’s, will probably not make you Mr. Popular with the homeowner’s association. But even if you are, you have choices you can make as to the type of spreader that works best for you (hint: a drop spreader is best for “writing.”) Use a broadcast spreader for large lawns or a hand-held for small lawns. Save the drop spreader for where precision and control are needed.

Broadcast Spreader

Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard DLX Broadcast Spreader
This broadcast spreader features a side-guard to limit overspread, enabling more accurate spreading 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.

Drop Spreader

Scotts Turf Builder Classic Drop Spreader
This drop spreader covers a 22-inch swath with an adjustable drop 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.

Hand Spreader

Scotts Whirl Hand-Powered Spreader
This hand-cranked spreader 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.