How to Use Fertiliser Spreader – Get It Done in Just 8 Easy Steps

Fertilisers play a key important role when it comes to gardening and planting and lawn care. Too much or too little can cause damage to your grass and plants and may result in death of the plant. While too much can cause your plant to dry out, too little can deprive your plants of the necessary nutrients. With all that being said, it is imperative that your fertilisers are well-spread out 

Enter the fertiliser spreader, a device that allows you to evenly distribute the fertiliser. Whether landscape architecture, land management, environmental conservation are all part of your hobbies or you’re just dipping your toes in botany, horticulture, and gardening, this tutorial will walk you through the entire process


  • All-purpose fertiliser  

                The heart and soul of this tutorial is the fertiliser. But not just any fertiliser, you need an all-purpose one that is equipped with all the necessary nutrients that your lawn or grass or plant require. The main three core nutrients would be NPK which stands for Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium

  • Tape measure

                When it comes to maintaining outdoor recreation, land management, environmental design, and lawn care, important materials such as tools used to measure is imperative. In this tutorial, you will need a tape measure, long enough to measure your lawn

  • Hose or sprinkler

                ​If what floats your boat are the usual outdoor recreation or your hobbies involve environmental conservation then chances are you are already equipped with a sprinkler or a hose at home



Choose the appropriate type of fertiliser for your plant

There are different types of fertilisers from quick-release to slow ones. The former yields quicker results. Meanwhile, the latter may last for around 4 months. Generally, I’d recommend fertilisers with 10-10-10 or 15-15-15 compositions


Know how to properly calibrate your device

Everything will all be for nothing if your fertiliser spreader is not calibrated properly. When it comes to using this type of device, the number one cause for confusion among users is how to calibrate it. However, this is actually one of the easiest as opposed to popular belief 

All you need is to bring out your manual guide. Different fertiliser spreader comes with different settings and so it is essential that you double check with the manual first. In the manual, you’ll get to know what setting is appropriate for the kind of fertiliser you are using


Adjust the appropriate settings in your device

After checking your manual guide, you now have to properly adjust the proper settings. One of the first things you need to adjust would be the flow rate 

Remember, this differs depending on the type of fertiliser you are using. To control the rate of flow, locate the dial which can be found on the handle of your spreader. This dial is to be adjusted to fit the proper setting


Fill up the fertiliser

After adjusting the proper settings in your device, you can now fill up the fertiliser. Refer to what’s stated in the fertiliser package to determine the proper amount 

The hopper has holes so always make sure that the holes are thoroughly closed when you’re doing this step. In the event that the holes are open, at least make sure that the spreader is kept away from the grass


Use the spreader

Next step involves having to use the spreader on the lawn. During this step, one of the things I can highly suggest is for you to start with the edges of your lawn. Once you are done with the edges, you can work your way in towards the middle part. The handle is to be pushed when you are dispersing the fertiliser 

Be sure that you are settled on a specific pattern as this can help you ensure that the distribution of the fertiliser is even. For best results, walk at a normal pace. It should not be too slow or too swift. What I would recommend is to cover about 3 miles per hour


Holes should be closed if you’re taking a break

Whenever you need to take quick stop, there’s no need to worry as it is completely fine to do so. However, one thing to keep in mind when doing so is that you have to make sure the holes of the hoppers are properly closed 

The purpose of this is to make sure that no fertiliser will be wasted as there is a possibility that the fertiliser will pour out. This can be bad for your lawn or grass as too much can kill them. 


When finished, dampen the soil

After you’re done dispersing the fertiliser, you are going to need to dampen the soil to about an inch. Use either a sprinkler or a hose


Clean up your spreader, hopper and rotating disc

Finally, the last step. When you’re done with all the aforementioned steps, the last thing you need to do is to rinse your spreader, hopper and rotating disc. It is best to use a hose for this one so as to make sure that there are no residues of the fertiliser left

  • Before walking around the lawn and dispersing the fertiliser, it is quite essential to have an idea of what the total area of your lawn is. This helps you determine how large your lawn is and therefore helps you determine how much you need to cover
    To do this, you need to take out your tape measure and measure both the length and the width of the area of your lawn. After getting the measurement for the two, just multiply the two numbers to get the total area
  • Make sure the spreader is set aside along the sidewalk or driveway. This ensures that in the event that spills will occur, it will be easy to just clean them up
  • Distribution amount can be found in the fertiliser package. It is imperative that you refer to them to ensure that your fertiliser amount is just right. Using the area measurement you have gotten, check the package to determine the corresponding amount of fertiliser for the measurement of your lawn
  • Typically, the distribution is in the range of 1 up to 10. Once you have figured out the proper distribution rate, you may adjust the level which is found on the spreader. The level can also be the rate dial

Final Thoughts

Dispersing fertiliser all throughout your lawn and garden can certainly be a hassle but by following the right steps and the precautionary measures, you should be okay. Just remember the key is in the details: proper amount of fertiliser, right flow control as well as distribution rate, and the measurement of your law. When you have all of these things settled, you should be good to go

There you have it, folks! I hope you enjoyed this article. Should you have any other suggestions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to leave them down below. I’ll see you on the next article!

Dan Harris

Hi. I'm Dan Harris. My wife and I started gardening 5 years ago. Neither one of us had any gardening background but we loved the idea of growing our own organic food. Over the years, our garden has almost doubled in size and I’ve learned a lot from my season’s successes and failures. I’ve been excited to share my own beginning knowledge and special skills with all garden lovers.

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