A lawn fertilizer spreader is not only a labor saving device; it's a great way to make sure you apply materials in a uniform manner. A lawn fertilizer spreader is useful for spreading a range of materials: fertilizer, grass seed and even salt on your driveway.
Larger spreaders are push-behind devices similar to a lawnmower. As you push a fertilizer spreader, the wheels turn a mixer that keeps the material in the spreader loose. Openings in the bottom of the hopper drop the material either directly to the ground or to a broadcast device that spreads the material over a wide area.
Types Of Fertilizer Spreaders
There are three main types of fertilizer spreaders: broadcast, drop and handheld.
A broadcast spreader uses a rotating disk to spread fertilizer over an arc-shaped area. Broadcast fertilizer spreaders are good at covering a large area quickly. Accuracy is sacrificed for speed, however. Be careful around the edges of the fertilized area to avoid over-spray.
A drop spreader applies fertilizer in a zone equal to the width of the hopper. The material drops straight down, making a drop spreader the perfect choice where accuracy is at a premium. Using a drop-type fertilizer spreader can be tricky. Failing to correctly overlap your rows can lead to striping in your lawn. Striping will be obvious to you (and your neighbors) as different colored rows along your fertilizing pattern.
A handheld fertilizer spreader works just like a broadcast spreader, using a hand crank to rotate the delivery disk. A handheld spreader gives you the mobility and accuracy to spread material in small or tight locations.
Using a Fertilizer Spreader
Calibrate first. Always calibrate your fertilizer spreader before use. Following the manufacturer's instructions for calibration will ensure that you apply fertilizer at the correct rate.
Soil pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline your soil is. The number you get when you test your soil's pH can tell you whether your plants are likely to thrive in your garden spot or not. Luckily, if the answer is no, there are ways to change your soil's pH and make your garden into a more hospitable environment for your vegetables, flowers and lawn.
In order to grow successfully, your plants need good soil. This includes the right drainage, pH balance, and conditions. Without good soil, valuable time and investment will probably be lost. Since most soils need some amount of improvement, here are some things you can do to help them along.