Granular Spreaders

When treating your lawn for pests, fertilizing, or applying a granular herbicide, a granular spreader will help you to spread your product evenly. Large lawns and small gardens alike can benefit from granular products and the use of granular spreaders.


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Designed for spreading a variety of materials over irregular terrain more evenly and conveniently than a wheeled spreader.
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EarthWay 2750 Nylon Bag Spreader
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The most versatile granule spreader that can be utilized anywhere.
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A handheld spreader perfect to use for small areas for home and garden and even small areas that needs seed or fertilizers.
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Pro Grade Broadcast Spreader
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A battery powered hand held spreader that makes spreading quick and easy for up to 2,500 sq. ft. area.
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Scotts Turf Builder Classic Drop Spreader is one of the best drop spreaders on the market, holding enough to treat up to 10,000 sq. ft.
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Utilized for residential granular ice-melt, pretreat and de-ice solutions and salt applications. Comes with Baffles, Grate and Cover.
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Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader has a unique EdgeGuard Technology to block off the right side of spreader for greater control of preventing spreading on non lawn areas
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Broadcast Shoulder Spreader
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An effective and great garden tool that can evenly distribute a wide variety of seeds.
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A durable and easy to use push spreader perfect to use for any farm, home and garden.
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Pro Grade Tow Broadcast Spreader
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100-Pound capacity spreader with stainless steel frame that is compatible with seeds, fertilizer, and more.
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A professional heavy duty and high capacity spreader for commercial and residential applications.
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Push spreader that can hold up to 100 lbs of ice melt, perfect for treating large areas after snow and ice storms.
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Offers fast and even spreading for fertilizers, grass seeds or rock salt for ice.
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Economy Food Plot Spreader
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A broadcast spreader with a precision rate for accurate coverage that holds up to 15,000 square feet of Scotts lawn products.
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A broadcast spreader that has a precision rate for accurate coverage and can hold up to 18,000 square feet of Scotts lawn products.

Choosing a Granular Spreader

Misusing your spreader or choosing the wrong style can cause you to waste your time and money when you apply your product. You need to figure in several factors when choosing a spreader:

  • The size of area to be covered
  • The characteristics of the product you plan to use
  • If the settings of the spreader can be modified
  • Uniformity of spreading ability
  • The cost of the spreader

You also need to consider what type of spreader you need. Most commonly you will find broadcast spreaders, also called rotary spreaders, and drop spreaders. Here are the differences:

  • Broadcast spreaders: These spreaders have a hopper that you put your granular product in, with one to three holes on the bottom, which can be adjusted and closed. The granules fall through the holes onto a rotating plate that spreads the product out on the ground. The drop pattern of these spreaders is wider than the hopper itself. Often times you will have to work in an overlapping pattern, because the margins of the drop patterns often contain less material.
  • Drop spreaders: This type of spreader is generally more precise, yet slower in application. There are holes lined up along the bottom with an agitator to distribute the product through the holes. The hole sizes are adjustable and the product is only dropped in the range of where the holes are. This type is great for smaller areas.

Using Your Lawn Spreader Correctly

Correct Lawn Spreader Settings (Video):

  • Calibration is probably the most important aspect of using a lawn spreader. You will have to do some calculations for your space so you know how much product you need to apply and at what rate. Misapplication can cause striped or patchy lawns. Manufacturers will often put application rates on the packages, but make sure this rate will work with your type of spreader. There are detailed instructions available online, or you can contact your local extension office to ensure you do it correctly.
  • If you must fertilize near a body of water, use a drop spreader, since it is more precise and has a tighter drop pattern making it easier to keep the product a good distance from the water.

Always take care when loading and transporting your spreader. Keep the gate over the holes closed and sweep up any fallen product to dispose or reuse. Never apply in areas where you could potentially pollute ground or surface water.

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