Buying Guide



There are two main types of lawn spreaders, drop spreaders and broadcast spreaders.

Drop spreaders are made up of a bucket-type container, usually mounted on two wheels, with a raised handle that enables you to push it along as you walk while the spreader releases the seed directly on the ground beneath.

Drop spreaders work best for small lawns or areas that need precise applications. 

Broadcast spreaders operate by throwing the seed in a swath in all directions. A wide pattern is created so the margins of each pass overlap to provide uniform coverage.

Broadcast spreaders require a steady walking speed to ensure even distribution and work best on larger lawns. They are available in both walk-behind and handheld models.


Make sure the spreader is set to the “off” position before adding fertilizer or grass seed. If you don’t, you’ll waste fertilizer or seed as it is released on the ground.

Set the spreading rate on the micrometer, then start walking and pull the trigger to apply.

Some spreaders allow you to lock the spreader in the “on” position. Push forward, not backward, to avoid applying excessive amounts of fertilizer, which can damage the lawn.

Set the spreader to apply half the amount listed on the label, then make a second pass with the other half.

Fill your spreader with fertilizer on the sidewalk or driveway to prevent fertilizer burn. 

Avoid spreading products on a windy day.

Lawn Type - Irregular shape

Application Tips

  • Apply a header strip all the way around the lawn
  • Apply product back and forth in the longest direction first
  • Make sure spreader is closed when you make a turn
  • Steer slowly and smoothly around objects in your path
  • Shut the spreader off when you reach the header strip

Lawn Type - Rectangular shape

Application Tips

  • Apply two header strips across each end so you have a place to turn around
  • Turn the spreader off and on at the end of the strip to prevent uneven application
  • Before starting back, set the spreader in motion before opening the device in the header area
  • Steer slowly and smoothly around objects in your path
  • Keep the wheel about 4' from objects you don’t want to fertilize
  • Overlap to prevent missing an area