In this guide we’ll take a look at the best lawn spreaders for the UK market.
I’ve compared manoeuvrability, capacity, build quality and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Lawn Spreader?
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Scotts Miracle-Gro EasyGreen Rotary Spreader Review
This Scotts Miracle-Gro EasyGreen Lawn Spreader has a durable steel frame and a sturdy, easy to clean plastic hopper. This lawn spreader is adjustable to a variety of settings, so it can be used for grass seed or lawn food. The product has good sized wheels which make it easy to manoeuvre and spreads the load so as not to damage your lawn. This is a rotary lawn spreader which will spread material to a width of between 1.2 and 3.4 metres (approximately 4-11 feet).
This lawn feed spreader came part assembled and was easy to put together without any need for tools. This spreader is comfortable and easy to use. It has an adjustable handlebar which means you can adjust it to your height for less back strain. The handle also folds down making it easier to store. The on/off switch is located conveniently on the handle bar making it easy to stop and start distributing whenever required.
I found that this lawn feed spreader did a good job of evenly distributing both grass seed and fertiliser. I followed the directions on walking speed that came with the spreader and recommended 8.3m in 10 seconds and this achieved a nice, even distribution.
The lawn spreader threw out the product in front of the machine in a nice, broad strip. I found that some material got left in the hopper at the end, however tipping it gently from side to side got the last of the stuff spread. I found that the outer edges of each strip received slightly less product than the centres, so overlapping each strip by about a foot resulted in a more even distribution. If you are not sure which setting to use there is a handy guide on the Scotts Company website.
The instructions specify that this lawn spreader should be used only with Scotts Lawn Builder, Evergreen and Miracle-Gro granular lawn care and/or grass seed products. I have no idea why this should be and the spreader worked effectively with other brand products.
This is an easy to use lawn spreader that does the job well and would be suitable for small to medium-large lawns. It is well built and sturdy and offers excellent value for money. It’s the best lawn spreader for the UK market.
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Handy 80lb Wheeled Lawn Spreader Review
This Handy 80lb Wheeled Lawn Spreader has a hopper size of 80lb making it suitable for large lawn areas. The machine is well built with a steel frame and sturdy plastic hopper. The 11” pneumatic tyres made it easy to push on uneven areas and ensured there was no damage to my lawn.
The flow rate was easy to adjust, and the product did an excellent job of distributing material evenly across my lawn. It spreads up to a width of 3.66 metres (12 feet) making it easy to cover large areas. You can also reduce the spread in more confined areas by simply walking more slowly. As the hopper is large, there was less need to refill it than with smaller products, saving me time and fuss. The spreader can be used to distribute seed, granular feed and salt.
This lawn spreader also comes with a hopper screen and rain cover.
I found this to be a well-made lawn spreader and its large hopper and wide spread makes it suitable for medium to large gardens.
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Agri-Fab 38.5kg Towed Spreader Review
This professional towed Agri-Fab 38.5kg Towed Spreader would be suitable for very large gardens and other grassed areas such as orchards and paddocks. It has an 85lb hopper capacity which is enough to cover about a ¼ of an acre, depending on the coverage required. It can be can be towed with a ride on mower or tractor for easier use on large areas. It can spread up to 3 metres (10 feet) in width.
This is a well-built lawn spreader with 10” pneumatic tyres, metal frame, fully enclosed gearbox and durable plastic hopper.
This lawn spreader is suitable for use with seed, fertiliser, fungicide, soil conditioner, pesticides and free flowing ice melt products. The machine was easy to put together and very simple to use. Towing it with a ride on mower made light work of a large paddock area.
This is a great lawn feed spreader if you have a very large garden or other grass areas to maintain. It offers excellent value for money given the quality of the build.
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EverGreen Easy Spreader Plus Review
The EverGreen Easy Spreader Plus was created for the easy application of lawn treatment products and grass seeds. This lawn spreader was designed to help you get your lawn fed and nourished without spending hours treating it by hand.
This lawn spreader has a sophisticated dispensing mechanism with adjustable settings. So it’s super easy to set the correct application rate you need for your lawn.
The drop spreader ensures your application is accurate, so no product spills on the side or lands on beds or borders!
Easy to assemble and complete with a convenient on/off switch for safe turn around, this spreader is an asset to any gardener’s tool kit!
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Scotts Company Handy Green Hand Spreader Review
The Scotts Company Green Hand Spreader is a convenient and long lasting spreader. It’s brilliant ergonomic design prevents wrist fatigue compared to other hand held spreaders.
It’s perfect for applying lawn seed and fertiliser to larger lawns, with a lightweight design that makes it incredibly easy to work with.
This spreader is heavy duty, rust-proof and long lasting, built to help you fertilise your lawn year after year. It has a compact design that’s easy to store when not in use.
Lawn Spreader Buying Guide
When choosing a lawn spreader, the size of your lawn will be the most important factor. A rotary spreader will allow you to cover more area with each pass so is essential if you have a medium to large area to maintain. In addition, ensure that the hopper can hold plenty of material so that you are not stopping to refill it every five minutes.
Your second consideration should be to ensure that the distribution can easily be adjusted. Different types of product, such as seed or fertiliser need to be applied at different rates, so make sure you can easily adjust these settings. If you also want to use your spreader to melt snow and ice in winter, then choose one that is suitable for use with ice-melting products.
If your lawn is bumpy or sloping, then it’s probably worth investing in a spreader with pneumatic tyres. This will make the job easier and you won’t get stuck or damage your grass.
Most lawn spreaders are push powered, however for really large areas a towed spreader is a worthwhile investment if you already have a ride on mower or tractor.
How do lawn spreaders work?
A lawn spreader helps you distribute grass feed, seeds and fertiliser quickly and easily. It ensures you apply your product evenly, saving you serious time when it comes to lawn maintenance.
For larger lawns, adjustable spreaders are the best option. Drop lawn spreaders distribute the product at the pace you walk at. Most lawn spreaders are equipped with a range of settings that help you distribute the perfect amount for your lawn.
Rotary lawn spreaders come with a bucket, and are often carried by hand or pushed. These can cover large areas of lawn in one go, although they can be less accurate then drop spreaders.
How to apply lawn fertiliser with a lawn spreader?
Fertilising your lawn using a spreader is exceptionally easy, unlike applying product by hand!
First of all, set the spreader settings according to the amount of fertiliser you want to apply – following the advice of the fertiliser manufacturers, as well as the instructions provided with your spreader.
Start by spreading fertiliser over the edges of your lawn first, moving at your usual walking pace. Once you’ve gone all around the edge, move back and forth between the edges. It’s best to overlap your previous path slightly than to miss out sections.
When you reach the end of a row, turn the spreader off as you turn round to avoid applying the fertiliser unevenly. Once you finish, water the lawn to wash the fertiliser into the soil.
How do I maintain my lawn spreader?
It is important to clean your lawn spreader after each use. Begin by pouring any unused product back into its packaging and then wash the spreader down. You can use hot soapy water to remove stubborn grime. Clean the hopper and let it air dry before storing it away. Make sure you clean axles and wheels, too. You can lubricate axle bushings with a light spray lubricant to protect them from rust.
How can I ensure I spread fertiliser evenly and don’t end up with an unevenly growing lawn?
A good lawn spreader will spread seed and fertiliser quite evenly across the lawn. However, because the distribution is not 100% even it can be a good idea to spread the seed in two directions. You could start by going lengthways and then repeat the process widthways. Remember to adjust the amount of seed you are applying on each pass to counteract the double application.
My lawn has some bare patches and I want to re-seed it. How do I do this?
Firstly, you should choose a quality grass seed mix. Secondly, it is a good idea to cut the existing grass and remove the clippings, aerate the lawn and apply a thin layer of compost to provide good growing conditions for the new seed. You can then use a lawn spreader to evenly distribute the seed. You can apply additional seed to bare patches if required. Once the seeds are sown, water them daily, or more if the weather is very dry and warm. Once the seeds germinate keep them moist until the new grass is well established.
You should use your lawn spreader to apply fertiliser once the seeds have germinated and then cut the grass once the whole lawn is about 2 1/2 inches.