If you need to get grass seed, fertilizer or lawn weed and feed onto the lawn, you need a tool to distribute it. Tossing it out by hand is neither safe nor efficient. You need a spreader. There are several spreader types to choose from. We'll help you find the best one for your needs. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.
Broadcast spreaders (also called rotary spreaders) cover a lot of acreage quickly. The material drops from the hopper onto a spinning disc that disperses it over the lawn. Overlap the coverage to avoid missing any spots — the further away from the spreader the material is thrown, the lighter the coverage. What you gain in coverage you may sacrifice in control. That same spinning disc can also scatter the material into a neighbour's yard or into the street. If you want complete control, think about getting a drop spreader.
Drop spreaders can easily cover straight lines with little waste, but they must be used with care. Since the material drops straight down in a width equal to that of the hopper, striping can occur if the entire area is not covered equally. Striping is the distinctive pattern created when you miss or overlap rows.
Handheld, crank-operated spreaders are also available. Great for use in smaller areas, they operate like broadcast spreaders.
Whether you operate the spreader manually or pull it behind a lawn tractor, remember:
Drop spreaders offer coverage with little waste.
Use a handheld spreader for small areas.