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Lawn Fertilizer Spreader Saves Time and Elbow Grease

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

There's little argument as to the effectiveness of fertilizer on your springtime lawn. What is debatable is the best method of getting the fertilizer from bag to lawn. The latest lawn fertilizer spreaders make the job easier and more reliable.

Too much fertilizer in one area of your lawn will cause clumping and may burn the roots. Too little fertilizer and you'll have bare patches of inconsistent growth. Using a lawn fertilizer spreader solves both problems with one unique machine. Now fertilizing your lawn involves nothing more than a few strategic passes around the perimeter and back and forth across your land. With several different types of fertilizer spreaders available, there's one to meet your specific landscaping requirements.
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Fertilizer Spreader Models

  • Broadcast Spreaders. Also called rotary spreaders, these cover a lot of area quickly by dropping fertilizer onto a spinning disc and dispersing evenly.
  • Drop Spreaders. For a more precise application, these drop fertilizer straight down in a pre-measured width with very little waste or misplacement.
  • Handcrank Spreaders. If you have a small lawn, the handcrank operates just like a broadcast spreader and provides a wide coverage sphere.
As with any lawn care project, you should take great care in applying fertilizer to your yard. Here are a few sensible tips that will ensure that your application is even and consistent.

Fertilizer Spreader Tips and Tricks

  • Calibrate. Follow manufacturer's guidelines for the mix you're using.
  • Oil. Oil will keep all moving parts of your spreader in working order.
  • Clean. Use a garden hose to wash out your lawn fertilizer spreader.

Your local home and garden center can provide you with several lawn fertilizer spreaders to choose from. Your lawn, and your back, will thank you.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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