Fertilizer Spreader Basics

A well-manicured lawn can be achieved by using a fertilizer spreader about twice per year to spread fertilizer in your yard. Whether your yard is large or small, there is a fertilizer spreader to assist you with this job.

Types of Fertilizer Spreaders

The two main types of fertilizer spreader are drop spreaders and rotary spreaders, also called broadcast spreaders. A drop spreader works by dropping the fertilizer from multiple holes at the bottom that disperse the fertilizer evenly over the lawn. The drop spreader is well-suited to small yards or when you want to avoid getting fertilizer in your flower beds or vegetable garden. A rotary spreader drops the fertilizer onto a rotating platform, broadcasting it less precisely over a larger area than a drop spreader.

Using a Fertilizer Spreader

Fertilizer spreaders also come in various styles: hand-held spreaders, push spreaders and pull-behind spreaders. Whichever style you choose, move the fertilizer spreader over your yard in one direction uniformly. Then, to achieve the best coverage, go back over your yard in a perpendicular pattern to your first pass.

Knowing the basic types of fertilizer spreaders available will help you choose the right one for your yard.