The Lawn Shop Fertiliser Spreader – We really like this little hand crank operated broadcast fertiliser or seed spreader and so do lawn owners as they are selling like hot cakes! If your lawn is only 100 square metres, what a great gadget for applying fertiliser to the lawn that takes up minimal room in the shed!
Can also be used for applying salt to driveways and paths in the winter
May come in a red or blue colour
The Hand Spreader is a new design, sold ready to use, with a high RPM gear box with anti-slip nylon gears. It has a easy pull trigger for on/off control with ergonomic comfort grip handle and a large 1.8 litre capacity capacity scoop shaped plastic hopper with infinite settings.
As with pedestrianised fertiliser spreaders this will require simple calibration. The method is the same as other spreaders on this site. The easy way to calibrate any spreader is to set the spreader on the desired setting, place some product in the hopper, place a sheet of polythene 1 metre square onto the driveway (not the lawn!) walk over the polythene, with the hopper gate open so the fertiliser is flowing and being spun on the spinning disc, make two passes if the polythene has not been evenly covered with fertiliser by only one pass of the spreader and then collect up the material on the polythene and weigh it making sure that you place a small plastic bag into the scales first. If you end up with either 20 or 30 grams per single square metre then you are doing it right!
If you are only getting 15 grams then fertilise the lawn in two passes, the second at right angles to the first so as to provide sufficient fertiliser and even coverage. The majority of lawn fertiliser scorch problems occur mainly through the effect of the Iron content of lawn fertilisers as it is often the iron that causes the scorch burn.
Make sure that you are not standing still on the lawn with the hopper gate open and also that you are actually moving BEFORE you open the hopper trigger so as to avoid a dump on the lawn. Make the first pass around the edges of the lawn first – called a headland, then work up and down being careful to match in the fertiliser swaths. The product is part coloured so after a little practice, you should become good at it!
Another tip is to mow the lawn first and then follow your mowing lines. Walk at your normal walking pace and if you knwo the size of your lawn and can easily calculate that you have ot applied enough then go over the lawn again at right angles as described above. How can you expect the results if you only put on half the rate of fertiliser?