Lawn Fertilizer Drop Spreaders
Lawn fertilizer drop spreaders are preferred for their precision. They simply drop the fertilizer in narrow strips between the wheels. They are ideal for small to medium sized lawns.
Drop spreaders are more precise than a broadcast spreader. Although its accuracy prevents waste, you do have to make more passes across the lawn. Overlap the wheel tracks enough so that no stripes are left under fertilized. Otherwise, missing sections will leave streaks in your lawn. Also, be careful not to overlap and double fertilize any sections. Too much fertilizer can burn the lawn.
Drop spreaders and broadcast spreaders have adjustable settings for use with different brands of fertilizer. The spreaders and the bags of fertilizers usually come with a calibration chart.
Take Caution in Filling the Spreader
Always fill the spreader over a sidewalk or driveway. If you happen to spill too much fertilizer in one spot, clean it up right away to prevent fertilizer burn. If you have a backpack, blow it over the rest of the lawn to disperse it. Soak the affected area with water.
If you have a small to medium sized lawn, it is worth owning one. You can buy one at your local garden center for $40-$100.
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