There are basically four types of fertiliser and seed 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 or Bag Spreader – Rating 10/10
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.
In addition, some fertiliser contains Ferrous Sulphate which can stain hard surfaces so once again the same issue arises.
So, when to apply weed & feed?
How to Spread Weed & Feed in Your Lawn?
If they are close to the lawn, cover them with a large plastic sheet before using the product. Remove the sheet after spreading and drying them properly.
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The original color of the lawn will fade, and it may become brown or yellow. This type of situation is called overabundance. But the good news is that you can restore its original structure if you take action instantly.
Not all lawn fertilizers are alike. Neither are the spreaders used to apply granular chemicals to your lawn. Weed and feed describes lawn fertilizers that include a herbicide along with essential nutrients. The weedkillers kill broad leaf weeds and crabgrass. Setting the spreader correctly is important because applying weed and feed incorrectly can damage your lawn or surrounding plants.
Consult the Fertilizer Packaging
Each spreader model distributes fertilizer differently. So, it’s also important to consult manufacturer guidelines when applying weed and feed products. Model types often broadcast granules differently than those of other manufacturers. Factors to consider include rate of application and whether the spreader is a rotary or drop type. Manufacturer websites often have a tool that allows you to determine proper settings. Make sure the control levers are in the “off” position before filling and setting spreader controls.
Because each brand and product has different granule sizes and formulations, check the fertilizer packaging for recommended settings. Most fertilizer manufacturers have websites with tools that allow you to set the spreader correctly. The weed and feed package usually has the setting numbers for various spreaders written on it.