A lawn spreader will allow you to quickly and easily dispense seeds or fertiliser over your lawn.
A good lawn spreader will ensure an even distribution of product throughout your garden, helping to avoid scorching areas of grass through over-application.
There are several different types of lawn spreader; they can be wheeled contraptions, designed to cover large areas of lawn, or they can be handheld containers, perfect for covering smaller areas in granular product – there’s one for every garden.
Most lawn spreaders consist of a drum or container, which is filled with your seeds or fertiliser granules and has holes in it for dispensing. The seeds are then distributed on your lawn by rotating or moving the drum – or shaking the spreader.
If you’re looking for the perfect way to apply fertiliser to your lawn, take a look at our list of 5 of the best lawn spreaders available, based on their design, ease of application and value for money.
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Coming out on top of our list of the best lawn spreaders is this Easy Spreader Plus by EverGreen. This lawn spreader consists of a wheeled bucket with a 53cm spreading width, with a handle to allow you to push it easily over your lawn.
The seeds are dispensed from holes in the bottom of the spreader, which stops any product from escaping out of the sides. This is helpful if you are applying product to an area of lawn which borders a flower bed, or somewhere you don’t wish to get any grass seeds.
There are various settings on this one which control how much product is dispensed at a time. The spreader is designed for use with EverGreen seeds and treatments and comes with recommendations on which setting to use it on, depending on the product you’re applying. The manufacturer also specifies a recommended walking speed of 1m/second.
There’s an on/off device, so you can pause dispensing when necessary – although this is not located on the handle, so it is a little difficult to do instantly. Some self-assembly of the spreader is required on arrival, but this is a relatively simple process.
Overall, this is a durable and easy-to-use lawn spreader, that is extremely well-priced for its design. If you have a medium to large-sized lawn to treat, this push-along lawn spreader is guaranteed to make your life easier.
- User-friendly, push-along design – no manual rotation required.
- Adjustable settings allow you to control the rate of application.
- On/off switch means you can pause dispensing while realigning.
- Holes on bottom of the lawn spreader prevent the accidental distribution of seeds in flower beds or borders.
- Relatively affordable for a lawn spreader of this design.
- Difficult to turn off dispensing quickly, as the lever to control it is on the bucket, not the handle. This may result in too much product being dumped on some areas.
- Only designed for use with Evergreen and Miracle-Gro products.
- Not easily dismantled for storage.
Our best value lawn spreader is a compact, handheld design, perfect for smaller lawns
If you’re looking for an even more affordable solution for treating your lawn, take a look at this Scotts Evergreen Handy Spreader. This one features a handheld design, with the product being distributed from the holes as you manually turn the handle.
The compact size of this lawn spreader makes it ideally suited to treating small lawns. There is an adjustable slider with 5 settings to allow you to control the amount of product applied, and with a spreading width of 2m, it should take you no time at all to distribute your seeds or fertiliser.
This is an especially good thing, as the additional manual labour required with this lawn spreader can place a strain on the user over extended periods of time – although built-in arm support does help to reduce some of the fatigue.
As well as not being suitable for large lawns, it’s also worth considering that this spreader is another Evergreen product and is again only designed for use with Evergreen and Miracle-Gro seeds and fertilisers. There’s nothing stopping you using other brands, but you won’t receive any support or advice from the manufacturer on which setting to use.
This affordable lawn spreader can’t be beaten on price, and considering that this is a product you’re only likely to use a couple of times a year, if you only have a small area of lawn, this could be a great option for many gardeners.
- Compact size is ideal for treating smaller lawns.
- Manual design with 5 settings gives you full control over application.
- Built-in arm support helps to relieve user fatigue.
- Small and lightweight design means it can be easily stored.
- Highly affordable – our cheapest lawn spreader.
- Only designed for use with Evergreen and Miracle-Gro products.
- Requires continual manual turning of the handle – not suitable for larger areas of lawn.
This sturdy lawn spreader is perfect for larger lawns and rougher terrain
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This Handy 80lb Wheeled Lawn Spreader is another push-along, wheeled design – but it’s considerably more heavy-duty than the Evergreen model. It’s made from powder-coated steel with a polypropylene bucket (hopper), and the 11” pneumatic tyres make light work of all surfaces.
It has an 80lbs/36kg capacity and maximum spread width of 3.66m, so it can cover large areas quickly. There’s an adjustable feed control to allow you to change the rate of application, and gears, to control the speed.
The lever for this is located on the handle of the spreader, so you can make adjustments instantly. A vinyl cover and hopper screen protect the contents of the hopper and prevent seeds or fertiliser from spilling where they’re not wanted.
This is another model that requires self-assembly, but this is a considerably more complicated process than the EverGreen spreader, with the instructions more difficult to follow. Once assembled though, this sturdy lawn spreader should be good for many years to come.
- Wide maximum spread width of 3.66m makes it ideal for larger gardens.
- Adjustable feed control to alter the rate of application.
- Control lever located on the handle, for easy access.
- Includes vinyl cover and hopper screen, to prevent spillages.
- 11” pneumatic tyres, suitable for use on all terrains.
- Can also be used to apply salt (not rock salt).
- No recommendations for which application settings to use for branded fertilisers – user must work this out themselves, according to the instructions.
- Assembly instructions are difficult to follow.
- More expensive than similar designs.
A large, tow-along lawn spreader, that can handle a quarter of an acre
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Our next lawn spreader is our largest, and also our most expensive. This Agri-Fab Tow Spreader is designed to cover larger areas of lawn with seed and fertiliser, and can happily cover 14,000 sq. ft.
The hopper is made from durable, rust-proof polypropylene, and has the largest capacity of any of these lawn spreaders at 85lbs. It can be used to apply salt, as well as seeds and fertiliser.
Pneumatic tyres ensure it can be used effectively on all terrains, and the spreader has a fully enclosed gearbox, to increase the working life of the product.
The main difference of this design is that there’s no handle, and it can’t be pushed by the user – instead, it is a tow spreader, and must be pulled along by a ride-on mower, or similar. This won’t make it suitable for all gardeners. However, if you have something to pull it with, this is the option that places the least strain on the user.
This is our most expensive lawn spreader, and it’s probably only going to be worth the investment if you have a large or commercial lawn to treat – but if that applies to you, then you won’t be disappointed in this model.
- The tow-along design puts no strain on the user.
- Perfect for large areas, up to 14,000 sq. ft.
- Polypropylene hopper is durable and rust-proof.
- Can be used to apply seeds, fertiliser and salt.
- Fully pneumatic tyres can handle all terrains.
- Our most expensive lawn spreader.
- Requires a quad bike, ride-on mower or similar piece of machinery to tow the spreader.
This handheld lawn spreader features a basic shaker design, but offers you full control
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Lastly, this Ezi Handheld Feeder is one of the simplest and most affordable lawn spreaders on the market and represents one step up from applying your seeds or fertiliser by hand.
The feeder consists of a durable plastic container with a lid, in which there are variously sized holes. The lid can be adjusted to change the size of the holes, depending on what granules you want to dispense.
The fertiliser is then distributed by the user methodically moving the upturned container over the lawn and sprinkling out the granules. Being so manual in application means that this spreader is only really suitable for smaller areas, to avoid arm strain.
However, there are some advantages to this method. The user has full control over how much is being distributed, and unlike some of the push-along designs, it is easy to see if too much product is being dumped and stop immediately if this is the case.
Ultimately, this is by far the most basic design of all the lawn spreaders on this list – but in some circumstances, simple is better. If you only have a small lawn, or want to be able to use your spreader for applying de-icer to paths and patios too, this simple model might be all you need.
- Made from durable plastic with an ergonomically-designed handle.
- The lid has adjustable hole sizes, to handle a range of granules.
- The handheld design gives you good control, allowing you to see exactly what’s being dispensed, and stop applying product instantly.
- Ideal for small gardens.
- Highly affordable.
- Basic design, requires manual effort on the part of the user.
- Not suitable for covering large areas.
How Do Lawn Spreaders Work?
A lawn spreader is designed to help you quickly and evenly spread granular product such as seeds, plant food or fertiliser over your lawn. Exactly how it functions depends on the model you have purchased, so you should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Lawn spreaders generally work by holding seeds or fertiliser granules in some kind of drum, with holes in for dispensing. They can be wheeled or hand-held, and the drum is usually rotated to activate the spreader bar. You then move it at a consistent pace over your lawn, dispersing seeds as you go.
How To Apply Lawn Fertiliser With A Spreader
The first step in using a spreader to apply lawn fertiliser is to make sure it is fully assembled (again, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines). You will then need to fill the lawn spreader with your fertiliser granules and adjust any dispensing mechanisms to ensure the product is applied at your desired rate.
If you’re using a wheeled lawn spreader, you should then turn it to the ‘on’ position and push the spreader at a consistent speed from one end of your lawn to the other. As you push, the fertiliser will be dispensed through the holes at the bottom of the spreader.
At the end of each row, turn the spreader to ‘off’, so that no fertiliser is dispensed while you realign, and then repeat for the next row. Continue to walk over your lawn in a methodical fashion, until you have covered all the desired area with fertiliser.
If you have a hand-held lawn spreader, you may need to rotate a handle to dispense granules, or simply tip them out, like a saltshaker. Handheld spreaders are ideal for covering smaller areas, but can quickly become tiresome if you have a large lawn.
April is a freelance writer who specialises in writing about home and garden design and the environment. She is an avid wildlife-enthusiast and adventure-seeker, and feels happiest when in the Great Outdoors.