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Use A Spreader To Feed Your Lawn

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Whether seeding your lawn, applying fertilizer to support your grass, or protect your lawn from weeds and insects, a spreader will provide even coverage throughout your yard.  Using the proper setting on your spreader will apply the correct amount of product to your lawn, which reduces waste.  Spreaders are also used to deliver soil amendments such as lime and gypsum as well as ice melt.


Types of Spreaders



There are two primary types of spreaders: drop and broadcast. 


Drop spreaders simply drop the product from the bottom of the spreader.  Precise delivery of fertilizers and weed or insect control is important in small spaces of if there are tight spaces in your yard.  You may also need control of the product that to be spread around obstacles of in spaces near flower or garden beds. 


A broadcast spreader transmits product in front of and to the side of the spreader allowing fast and wide coverage over a large lawn.  Broadcast spreaders can be hand-held or push units.  Carried at waist height, hand-held spreaders are suitable for small spaces since they release small amounts of product.  Push spreaders hold larger quantities of product; some are equipped with guards that can be engaged to block off one side of spreader pattern to prevent product from being spread onto non-lawns areas.


The Scotts Snap Spreader is a unique type of broadcast spreader that uses Scotts Snap-Pacs – individual bags that connect directly to the spreader for easy application.  The self -contained packs do not require cutting or lifting of heavy product packages.  Once the job is complete, simply remove the self-sealing packs from the spreader for no touch, no mess, easy clean up and storage.  Snap Pacs are available for lawn seeding, fertilizer application as well as insect, and weed control.  The edge guard on the spreader directs product where desired and the handle folds down for easy storage. 




Know Your Spreader



Become familiar with your spreader.  Note markings for the fill line and how to manage the product as it is delivered.  Can you control the direction or amount of granules as they leave the spreader?  Some spreaders will have printed instructions on the side; take time to review them before placing product in the hopper.  For push spreaders, confirm that the handle connections are firm and the wheels operate smoothly.  The crank handle on hand-held spreaders should turn freely.  The hopper area (where the product leaves the spreader) should be clear of debris and allow product to pass through.


Read the Package Label for Best Results



The package label will detail what you need to know to ensure the best results.  If you are taking the time to create your best lawn, take a few minutes to thoroughly read the label and observe all precautions and instructions.


Purchase the correct product package for your lawn.  Fertilizers as well as weed and insect control products come in varying size packages based upon the square feet of lawn to be covered. 


Read the packaging label.  It will detail important information about applying the product.  What personal protective equipment should be worn (glasses, gloves and long sleeves/ pants)?  Should the product be watered in after applying to the lawn?   When can children and pets safely resume play on the lawn?  When in doubt: read the entire label.  Can I use this product on my type of grass? Some products are designed for use with specific grass types; others may be excluded.


Most fertilizers, weed control and insect control products have a setting chart of the back of the packaging; some product packaging lists the coverage as pounds per 1000 square feet.  The setting required will vary depending upon the product used.  Do not exceed the coverage specified on the package. 


The settings listed are usually for a one-pass application. If a two-pass application is recommended, apply with a crisscross pattern using half the setting number given.


Cut down the spreader setting if you think too much product is being applied.


The rate you walk affects the speed of application: the faster you walk, the thinner the coverage.  Find a comfortable rate to walk and maintain.


For even coverage, first spread the border of lawn and then fill in the center portion with uniform parallel passes to avoid gaps and streaks.


Close the spreader at the end of each pass and re-open at the start of your next pass.


Maintenance Tips


After use, rinse out the spreader with water.  Be sure the rinse water does not run into or onto the lawn!  Allow to dry and store in a covered location.  Some push spreaders can be stored with the handles removed or folded down.  Be sure to store ALL fertilizers, weed and insect control products, soil amendments and ice melt products in a dry location AWAY from children and pets.

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Posted 2016-01-15T19:34:53+0000  by Eileen_HD_ATL Eileen_HD_ATL