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Seed & Fertiliser Spreaders Buying Guide

There are basically four types of fertiliser spreader that you would use around the home, lawn or garden. We list three of them below; the fourth are the hand held spreaders which Lawnsmith do not rate at all.

Shoulder Fertiliser Spreader - Rating 10/10

Ups...

  • Bag spreader for fertiliser, grass seed and salting hard areas
  • Perfect for all lawns regardless of size, shape, slope or obstacles
  • Very easy and quick to use
  • Even coverage
  • Perhaps the best value spreader on the market today

Downs...

Not for Weed and Feed or Top Dressing

Rotary or Broadcast Fertiliser Spreaders - Rating 7/10

Ups...

  • Great for fertiliser, grass seed and salting hard areas
  • Easy and quick to use
  • Even coverage
  • Ideal for medium to large lawns
  • Great on relatively smooth simply shaped lawns

Downs...

  • Not for Weed and Feed or Top Dressing
  • Can tip on steep slopes
  • Not as easy as the Shoulder Spreader on irregular shaped lawns
  • Not as easy as Shoulder Spreader around obstacles – trees, play frames, shrubberies

Drop Fertiliser Spreaders - Rating 3/10

Ups..

  • Ideal for Weed and Feed, Grass Seed & Top Dressing
  • Best suited to flat lawns with straight sides

Downs...

  • Needs practice to use, start or stop
  • Will leave stripes if not used very accurately
  • Slow and tricky on large lawns
  • Virtually impossible on sloping or bumpy lawns
  • Impossible around obstacles – trees, play frames, shrubberies etc

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Can I use the spreader for grass seed?

Yes you can but because of the elongated shape of grass seed it does not 'flow' consistently through rotary or broadcast spreaders. This means that though a spreader is an excellent method for spreading seed, settings are unreliable which is why we suggest a one third open setting to start and applying in several lots starting from a different side of the lawn each time to ensure consistent even coverage.

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