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Types of Lawn Fertilizer Spreaders

Shashank Nakate Jan 18, 2019
Lawn fertilizer spreaders are tools that are used for the uniform distribution of fertilizers over a lawn. These machines are available in different types and forms. Some of the commonly used ones are discussed here.
Fertilizer spreaders are widely used by lawn owners. These devices prevent the formation of fertilizer clumps during their application. This is because the manner in which the fertilizers are spread, holds importance from the point of view of the proper lawn growth.

Various Lawn Fertilizers

Broadcast Spreaders

Used for lawns spread over a large area. It is called rotatory spreader, due to the disc it employs. Helps to spread the fertilizer with its spinning motion.
During the process of fertilizer distribution, the matter falls on the disc, and is then dispersed evenly across the lawn. One can also control the amount of fertilizer that is spread through this spreader.

Drop Spreaders

More accurate in their distribution of fertilizers. Also, used for lawns having a small area, mostly less than 5,000 sq. feet.
The container that holds the fertilizer resembles a bucket, and has wheels to move it around easily. One of the advantages of this device is they can be used in tight corners, or in similar awkward positions of the lawn. These are inexpensive compared to the other types. Unlike broadcast ones, there is no waste of fertilizers while using drop spreaders.

Top Behind Broadcast Spreader

It can hold up to 80 lbs. of fertilizers, and is attached behind lawn tractors.
The spreaders have a mechanism to control the rate of application. The width of the path in which the fertilizers are applied is 10-12 feet. It enables the machine to cover an area of 25,000 sq. feet in one go. Thus, it is possible to overcome the problem of frequently reloading the spreader.

Centrifugal Spreaders

They are similar to the drop spreaders, except for the fact that the area covered by the former ones is greater. The path in which the machine distributes fertilizers is wider, as compared to the drop spreader, and is 8 inches in width.
These machines are thus considered to be better than the previously mentioned one. However, while spreading fertilizers, it becomes difficult to keep them steady. Many centrifugal spreaders are available with an installed deflector. This makes it easy for the fertilizers to be applied along flowerbeds and sidewalks.

Aerator Spreader

The aerator spreader is a tool that combines the functionality of both the lawn spreader and the aerator. This machine possesses tines, which help it to penetrate the soil surface up to a depth of 2 inches, which is the right depth for placing nutrients.
Since the fertilizer is applied in a 40 inch wide path by means of this device, it is possible to cover a large area. Assembling the aerator spreader though is quite a tedious job. Its fertilizer holding capacity is around 100 lbs, and hence, it can be used for big lawns.

Calibration and Use of Lawn Spreaders

It is important in using the machines. Directions for calibration can be obtained from a nearby garden center.
Lawn spreaders are calibrated by manufacturer, but it is important to adjust every machine to the conditions it is to be used in. While using a lawn fertilizer, the peripheral area should be covered in the beginning.
The internal area should be fertilized by moving the spreader back and forth. This helps to cover the entire area. Use safe fertilizers that won't be harmful if consumed by pets. If these steps and procedures are followed properly, the spreaders provide excellent results.