How To Use A Fertilizer Spreader – Step by Step

​Maintaining your lawn or field takes hard work, dedication, good weather and precise application of fertilizers, chemicals, and seeds. Scotts clearly states that you must never apply these products by hand. You must apply these products with a lot of accuracy and therefore need a fertilizer spreader. You should also remember that each of these products has its own recommended speed rate. Too little is inadequate for any significant changes, while too much is dangerous and wasteful. Acquire a good spreader with a spread rate that can be adjusted, this will ensure uniform and accurate amounts are applied to your farm or lawn. A good spreader actually ensures enough accurate amounts are spread to the right and center and left. The good thing about spreaders is the fact that they are widely available and reasonably priced from all home and garden centers. In this article, you will learn effective use ​best fertilizer spreader to really make your field or lawn attractive.

Maintaining your lawn or field takes hard work, dedication, good weather and precise application of fertilizers, chemicals, and seeds. Scotts clearly states that you must never apply these products by hand. You must apply these products with a lot of accuracy and therefore need a fertilizer spreader. You should also remember that each of these products has its own recommended speed rate. Too little is inadequate for any significant changes, while too much is dangerous and wasteful. Acquire a good spreader with a spread rate that can be adjusted, this will ensure uniform and accurate amounts are applied to your farm or lawn. A good spreader actually ensures enough accurate amounts are spread to the right and center and left. The good thing about spreaders is the fact that they are widely available and reasonably priced from all home and garden centers. In this article, you will learn effective use a fertilizer spreader to really make your field or lawn attractive.

​Types of Fertilizer Spreaders

Types of Fertilizer Spreaders

​There is the drop and broadcast spreaders. Both are actually pushing-powered workhorses, have a hopper, and a gauge on the spreaders handlebar controlling hole sizes. They all have a flow lever that controls amount of fertilizer applied, they do this by closing and opening a small plate beneath the holes.
The drop spreaders generally lay fertilizer in small sized lawns and fields because the surface area they spray is just the width of their hopper. Broadcast spreaders, on the other hand, spread a wide area and are used for large lawns. They can comfortably spread an area more than 5,000 square feet. They generally work faster and do not strip the lawn. This means that they don’t miss any portions, and ensure equal fertilizer distribution.

There is the drop and broadcast spreaders. Both are actually pushing-powered workhorses, have a hopper, and a gauge on the spreaders handlebar controlling hole sizes. They all have a flow lever that controls amount of fertilizer applied, they do this by closing and opening a small plate beneath the holes.

The drop spreaders generally lay fertilizer in small sized lawns and fields because the surface area they spray is just the width of their hopper. Broadcast spreaders, on the other hand, spread a wide area and are used for large lawns. They can comfortably spread an area more than 5,000 square feet. They generally work faster and do not strip the lawn. This means that they don’t miss any portions, and ensure equal fertilizer distribution.

​Broadcast Spreaders

Broadcast Spreaders

​According to the family handyman Broadcast spreaders are the pro’s choice. They have a gear on one wheel, upon pushing it turns and whirls the impeller plate and in the process drops the fertilizer on your lawn. It spreads the fertilizer semi circularly creating an arch 7ft to 11ft wide, this now depends on your fertilizer type and walking speed. The key to optimally use the spreader is to actually ensure even dispersal and at the very right concentration. Follow the following tips to achieve this:

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    ​Make sure you dial the recommended spread rate set, test it and measure its dispersal pattern. Before you conduct the dispersal rate and pattern test, make sure the test area is clean and all debris is removed. To know whether it is correct, then the right part will be roughly about two feet when compared to the other side. Ensure your overlap is around 6 inches to 1 feet. Make sure you write the narrow side and wide side measurements on paper, place it on the spreader to ensure you do not forget it. Please do not blow the test material away, sweep it and put it back into the hopper.
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    ​When you buy a broadcast spreader there is usually an owner’s manual with generic equivalents on which spread rate setting to use for which type of fertilizers. If you don’t have it you may need to just use the old fashioned method. What you do is make sure the spreader is set to light coverage and then apply the fertilizer to a square footage using recommended proportions. Note the amount of fertilizer is left after the first square foot, now you simply need to configure the spreader to ensure the remaining fertilizer is spread evenly in all other areas.
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    ​When you begin spreading the fertilizer it is advisable start with the hills. This is to help you have enough fertilizer left to actually reduce skipping of the uneven terrains.
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    ​Once you start spreading it, is advisable to stick to a particular walking speed to the very end. You can easily do this by walking with a mid-sized, middle aged dog which will maintain a speed of around 3 mph. Remember your pace dictates the throw with and the density of fertilizer you spread per square feet. When you walk too fast you are actually thinning the amount of fertilizer applied.
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    ​When you want to turn or stop, stop the spreader, this stops dispersing of the fertilizer in order to avoid wastage and causing harm to your lawn or field.
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    ​Do not tilt the handlebar from the level, this will result in your product being thrown poorly. You will get uneven coverage.
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    ​Do not over apply the fertilizer use recommended amounts of product for each square foot.
    Do not over apply the fertilizer use recommended amounts of product for each square foot.

​Maintain Your Fertilizer Spreader

Maintain Your Fertilizer Spreader
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    ​Use a garden hose to clean it every time before use.
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    ​Use a lubricant spray like the WD-40 to protect not only moving parts, but also the axle brushing and gear box.
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    ​Avoid Silicone or Teflon lubricants because they may speed up corrosion and seal certain fertilizer components.

​Conclusion
Using a broadcast spreader is a very good way to ensure you properly apply fertilizer to your lawn and is very easy to use. You need your field or lawn looking beautiful and well taken care of, because it is always a reflection of you. I would highly recommend you get a broadcast spreader today and really transform your lawn.

Using a broadcast spreader is a very good way to ensure you properly apply fertilizer to your lawn and is very easy to use. You need your field or lawn looking beautiful and well taken care of, because it is always a reflection of you. I would highly recommend you get a broadcast spreader today and really transform your lawn.
Edward Gardiner