If you’re looking to start a lawn from scratch, or simply want to give your current lawn a thick, green makeover, using a spreader is the best way to apply grass seed. Not sure how to use one? Don’t worry! We’ll show you everything you need to know in this blog post. Keep reading to find out how to use a spreader for grass seed like a pro!
How to use a broadcast spreader
A broadcast spreader is the most common type of grass seed spreader. It’s easy to use – just fill it with grass seed, set the desired speed and width, and start spreading!
Start by walking in one direction, then walk perpendicular to cover the entire area. Make sure you overlap your passes slightly to ensure even coverage. Don’t walk too fast, or you’ll risk scattering the grass seed too thin. Keep an eye on the level indicator to make sure you’re not spilling any grass seed.
Broadcast spreaders are the most common type of grass seed spreader. They’re easy to use and cover a large area quickly, but they can also scatter the seed too thin if you’re not careful.
How to use a drop spreader
A drop spreader is a bit more complicated to use than a broadcast spreader, but also is more precise and covers a smaller area. They’re a good option if you want to be more strategic with your lawn seeding.
Start by calibrating the spreader according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Fill the spreader with grass seed, then set the desired amount of seed per square foot. Hold the spreader at a consistent height above the ground. Walk in one direction, then turn and walk back in the other direction to cover the entire area.
How to use a fertilizer spreader
A fertilizer spreader is a great tool to use when you’re fertilizing your lawn. Fertilizer spreaders can also be used to distribute grass seed, but they’re not as effective as broadcast or drop spreaders. They’re best for fertilizing already-established lawns.
Like broadcast spreaders, start by walking in one direction, then walk perpendicular to that direction to cover the entire area. Make sure you overlap your passes slightly to ensure even coverage.
How to use a rotary spreader
Rotary spreaders are the most precise type of grass seed spreader. They’re good for small areas and can be used to fertilize or seed lawns with great accuracy.
The way of spreading seeds is pretty much the same. Fill the spreader with grass seed, then set the desired amount of seed per square foot. Walk in one direction, then return to your starting point and walk in the other. Keep the spreader at the same height above the ground.
Pro tips on spreading grass seed
No matter which type of spreader you’re using, there are a few tips that will help you distribute the grass seed evenly and accurately.
- Make sure your lawn is free of debris before seeding. The last thing you want is to bury the grass seed under a layer of leaves or sticks.
- Start by spreading a thin layer of seed over the entire area. You can always add more later if needed.
- Keep an eye on the level indicator to make sure you’re not spilling any grass seed.
- Follow up with a light watering after seeding to help the seed germinate.