There are two types of spreaders to use on lawns:
- Drop Spreaders are more accurate than rotary spreaders and distribute product only the width of its hopper. Drop spreaders are usually used on small lawns. Make sure to overlap the wheel impressions otherwise visible light green stripes will result.
- Rotary spreaders are most commonly used by applicators due to their faster, “wide swath” delivery method and more practical use on larger lawns.
Regardless of which spreader you choose, follow these simple tips to ensure the best results:
- Follow the proper spreader settings. Turning the calibrating knob by just 1/4 point can cut your coverage by 1,000 square feet.
- When you stop or make a turn close the flow lever. This will stop excess material from releasing on to your lawn and potentially damaging the turf.
- Avoid pulling the spreader backward when the flow lever is open. Backward movement causes the material to be applied at double the recommended rate.
- Keep the hopper 2/3 full across slopes and rough terrain to weigh down the wheels so they don’t lift or skip. Do these areas first when applying the product.