The quest to have a beautiful, lush green lawn is a never ending one and it requires a commitment from the homeowner to do the research on the best grass seed and fertilizer to use, as well as, choosing a seed spreader that works best for your lawn. Picking up the seed and the fertilizer is only the fist step in seeding a lawn, the next is laying down these essential elements in a way that will cause your grass to grow evenly.
Unfortunately, this is easer said than done. Spreading out the grass seed and fertilizer so that it covers all parts of the lawn is, at best, an inexact science. However, there are tools like the seed spreader that go a long way in making your job a lot easier. There are four types of seed spreader that are commonly used. The one you choose depends on how large your lawn is and how much control you wish to have over the spreading process.
What type of seed spreader should I get?
Hand Crank Spreader – If you like doing things the old fashioned way, then you’ll gravitate towards the small, hand crank models. These are usually strapped on and you are able to fill the container with small seeds. As you walk along the lawn, you turn the handle, which causes the seeds to be dispersed from the bottom. While many people are fine with this method, others dislike the messiness, as it’s pretty easy to get fertilizer all over your hands and clothes. Also, once there is a stiff breeze, you can bet that those seeds will be flying all over the place, and not necessarily on your lawn.
Drop Spreader – Many people who have small lawns swear by the drop spreader. This type of seed spreader is considered perfect for smaller areas, because you have a lot of control over the seeds as they are dispersed. Drop spreaders usually are pushed along, so there’s no holding the container close to your body. The seeds are dropped onto the ground directly underneath and you can maneuver around tight spaces and get the seed where you want. The main drawback to using this type of seed spreader is the amount of concentration needed to create even rows. You need to pay close attention to where your wheel tracks are, because you need them to start the next row accurately. If you lose track, you may end up with visible lines in your new lawn.
Broadcast Spreader – Another popular seed spreader is the broadcast spreader. This model is great for those with large lawns. The hopper container sits on sturdy wheels and you are able to easily push it along. People like using these because they have a mechanism that automatically disperses the seed and fertilizer over wide areas. There’s no need for you to concentrate or figure out where your rows are. However, you may find that broadcast spreaders can miss some spots, while applying seed to places you don’t wish to have it.
Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader – If you need to lay seed down around a huge area of land, doing it by hand or foot can take a long time. Therefore, you’ll find a lot of people turn to using a seed spreader that can be hooked up to a lawn tractor. The tow behind broadcast spreader covers a wide area and the only drawback is, you may have to periodically adjust the settings.
Pick out the best seed spreader for your needs and you will have completed step 1 towards having a beautiful, lush, green lawn.