Spreaders 101

We all know how important it is to feed our lawns towards keeping them healthy and vibrant. With the help of fertilizer spreaders, it is easy to keep your turf looking beautiful all year long. Spreaders are the fastest and most effective way to apply lawn food. They ensure an even distribution of lawn care products, plus they make it easy to avoid spilling on sidewalks, patios, driveways, flower gardens and landscapes. Lawn spreaders can also be used for grass seed application in the spring or fall or for spreading ice melting agents during the winter months.  

For lawn fertilizer application, there are two types of spreaders found at lawn and garden retailers, drop spreader or broadcast spreaders. The type of spreader used depends on lawn size and shape.

Drop spreaders are relatively inexpensive and are recommended for lawns of less than 5,000 sq. ft. or if you want precise application of lawn care materials. They drop fertilizer, grass seed or herbicide directly on the lawn in a straight path so you can easily control the distribution pattern and allows for easy maneuverability in tight spaces.

Broadcast, or rotary, spreaders operate by throwing lawn care products in a wide swath in all directions providing more uniform coverage, however it can be difficult to adequately reach the edges of your lawn. Broadcast spreaders require a bit more skill to use, but the speed of application is faster than a drop spreader. Broadcast spreaders are also recommended for lawns over 5,000 sq. ft.

The spreader and lawn size determine the application rate. Always follow the instructions and spreader settings on the lawn care packaging for even distribution. Avoid applying lawn products on a windy day and always clean out spreader after application.

Feeding your lawn is crucial for overall health. Implement a Lawn Fertilizer Program to help maintain timing and application of the correct and effective nutrients. A nourished lawn will make your job easier during the growing season.