How to Use a Broadcast Spreader?
Gardening is a process, not a product. Let me show you how you can whip your garden and lawn into shape with these easy steps. Feeding your lawn regularly is one of the most important things you can do to have a healthier and greener lawn.
With the best broadcast spreader, spreading and applying lawn food is really quick and easy, and let me show you how you can do it.
Applying Fertilizer Using A Broadcast Spreader
First, adjust your spreader setting to apply the right amount as indicated on the back of the package for the broadcast spreader. Each of the spreader packages will have different settings. You will see the adjuster on the back of your spreader.
Now fill the hopper. You should start your application by turning the edge guard if you have one that is. This directs product where you want it and away from your landscaping, sidewalks, or driveways.
Walk at a steady pace to make sure the distribution is even. Apply a header strip counterclockwise around the outside edge of your lawn. Turn off the edge guard and start going back and forth in the longest direction of your lawn.
Starting each row; the spreader should be placed in motion in this header strip and then turned on by holding the hand lever.
When the header strip reaches at the end of each row, release the hand lever to stop applying the product. This will prevent too much product from falling in one spot of your lawn.
Unlike when you mow your lawn, make sure to line up each path approximately 5-feet from the previous wheel track. This will ensure your lawn is getting the right amount of food and save your time.
When you are done, pour the remaining product back into the bag. Now that you are finished, you can go back into the lawn immediately unless your lawn food includes weed or bug control.
If your product does include weed or bug control, please wait for the recommended time before re-entering your lawn.
Now, For Some Side Notes:
- If your product doesn’t have an edge guard, use the handheld one. You will get more control, and it is also more accurate.
- The important thing to remember is that there are two parts when it comes to lawn care. There is the fertilizer, and there is a spreader.
- Your fertilizer bag will have three numbers, and those numbers represent NPK. Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. These the three essential elements that you turn needs to stay healthy.
- The first number is the important one. Too high means it’s a chemical fertilizer, and you will need less of it and too low means it’s an organic fertilizer, and you will need a lot of it.
- For beginners, if you don’t know how much to use, use a fertilizer spreader that has some kind of matching numbers on it. Make sure to buy a fertilizer that has a number that your spreader can use.
That’s all for now. I hope you found what you were looking for in this article.