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?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Excellent quality rotary spreader for easy product spreading!
This Scotts Miracle-Gro EasyGreen Rotary Spreader makes spreading fertilizer and grass seed easy. Covering a width of 1.2 – 3.4 m it spreads evenly with minimal effort required. It’s durable and sturdy and the wide wheels will ensure no damage will be caused to your lawn in the process!
Things to Know Before Buying a Lawn Spreader
Applying fertiliser or grass seed to your lawn doesn’t need to be a huge chore.
A lawn removes both the tedium and ‘chance’ elements from these tasks, making them simple and quick to complete. It will allow you to spread product evenly over your lawn so that no parts are left untreated. An essential tool for any keen gardener!
That said, the quest to find the best lawn spreader isn’t without its problems – there are a lot of different designs to choose from, and some may be more suitable for you than others. If you’re considering purchasing a lawn spreader but you’re not sure where to start, take a look at these pointers to help you make an informed decision:
These are the two main types of lawn spreader available. Depending on your garden, and preferences, one may suit you better than the other. Both spread seed/fertiliser as you walk along with the unit.
A rotary spreader, sometimes referred to as a ‘broadcast spreader’, works by flinging fertiliser/seeds out as a rotator spins. These spreaders will allow you to cover larger spaces in less time; quite desirable if you have a medium to large size area.
They are not generally as hard to push as drop spreaders, providing a lighter workout, and the speed of distribution is determined by your pace.
However, the application of a rotary spreader may not be as even as a drop spreader; there may be more product that lands closer to the unit and less nearer the parameters of its spreading reach.
They can be good tools to use if you have longer grass because a rotary spreader is better equipped to get the product distributed over the long grass.
Drop spreaders offer a more accurate application than rotary spreaders. There are no flying seeds, or granules of fertilizer, whizzing through the air with these machines. If you have a smaller garden, or an area which is bordered by flowerbeds which you don’t want to treat by accident, these might suit you better.
Their placement is very uniform, as they will only drop seeds through the hole in the base of the unit’s hopper.
You’ll have a lot more control with a drop spreader, but it will take you longer to apply seeds or fertilizer to the whole space.
You can generally choose how slowly or quickly you wish the product to ‘drop’ as well, altering the density of distribution.
The size of the hopper is also very important. This is the container where the grass seed or fertiliser is unloaded from.
A hopper that’s too small will need frequent refilling so the job will take you a lot longer. If the capacity is too large, you’ll be pushing unnecessary excess weight.
Ideally, you want to find the perfect balance between ‘as few refills as possible’ and ‘maintaining ease of use and manoeuvrability’.
If using a rotary spreader, you may find that you use less seeds/fertiliser because it casts them further but less densely (and therefore refill less). If using a drop spreader, the application will be more concentrated and therefore you may use more in the long run.
However, if you want a denser application with a rotary spreader you can just complete more passes of the lawn.
Lawn spreaders should ideally have adjustable settings so that you can easily dictate the rate at which the seed and fertiliser is applied.
Most lawn spreaders come with helpful instructions with recommendations about what sort of settings should be used, combined with walking pace, for different types of application and results.
You should always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions, as lawn spreaders can vary dramatically. But some general references are as follows:
For spreading fertilizer, choose a setting which results in the aperture being 3/4 open.
For spreading seeds, 1/2 open is generally considered to be about right.
Of course, these settings will depend on a myriad of factors and there may also be a certain amount of trial-and-error when you first start using your spreader. It can even depend on how long your stride is!
If your lawn is bumpy or on a slope, it’s well worth investing in a spreader with pneumatic tyres. This can make the job easier; the spreaders won’t get stuck on uneven ground (interrupting distribution) or damage your lawn.
Wide tyres spread the weight of the unit more evenly, which is definitely desirable when looking to protect your lawn.
Always keep an eye out for quality construction: a lightweight, durable metal frame and a hopper made from plastic or lightweight steel.
Make sure that the materials won’t rust. Keep your lawn spreader dry and out of direct sunlight as much as possible to prolong the life of the metal and plastic components.
Everything I Recommend
More Detailed Lawn Spreader Reviews
Scotts Miracle-Gro EasyGreen Rotary Spreader Review
This Scotts Miracle-Gro EasyGreen Lawn Spreader has a durable steel frame and a sturdy, easy-clean plastic hopper.
It has various adjustable settings so can be used both for spreading grass seed and lawn food.
The wheels are well-sized, spreading the weight to avoid damaging your lawn whilst making the spreader easy to manoeuvre. This is a rotary lawn spreader with a spreading width of between 1.2 and 3.4 m.
This lawn feed spreader came part assembled and was easy to put together without any need for tools.
I found it was comfortable and easy to use, with a handy adjustable handlebar – it can be adjusted to your height to reduce 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 without searching around for the button.
I found that this lawn feed spreader did a good job of evenly distributing both grass seed and fertiliser. I followed the instructions regarding walking speed that came with the spreader, covering 8.3 m in 10 seconds, and this achieved a nice, even distribution.
The lawn spreader threw out the product in front of the machine in a broad strip. I found that some material got left in the hopper at the end, however tipping the unit gently from side to side got the last of it spread.
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. So take this into account.
So, to wrap up: 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 currently the best lawn spreader on the UK market.
Handy 80lb Wheeled Lawn Spreader Review
This Handy 80lb Wheeled Lawn Spreader has a hopper size of 36 kg making it suitable for large lawn areas.
It’s well built with a durable steel frame and sturdy plastic hopper.
The 28 cm 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 m making it easy to cover large areas.
You can also reduce the spread in more confined areas by simply walking more slowly.
Due to the large hopper size, 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 (but not rock salt!).
This lawn spreader also comes with a hopper screen and rain cover.
I found this to be one of the best lawn spreaders. It’s well-made, plus its large hopper and wide spread makes it suitable for medium to large gardens. It’s missed out on the top spot because it is somewhat complicated to assemble.
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 39 kg capacity which is enough to cover about a ¼ of an acre (1011 m²), depending on the coverage required. It can be can be towed with a ride-on mower or a tractor, and spreads to a width of up to 3 m.
This is a well-built lawn spreader with 25 cm pneumatic tyres, a strong 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. It arrived flat-packed and 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.
EverGreen Easy Spreader Plus Review
The EverGreen Easy Spreader Plus was created for the easy application of lawn treatment products and grass seeds. It was designed to help you get your lawn fed and nourished without spending hours treating it by hand – always a win in my book!
This lawn spreader has a sophisticated dispensing mechanism with adjustable settings. As a result, it’s super easy to set the correct application rate for your lawn.
The drop spreader ensures your application is accurate – no product spills out the side or lands on beds or borders!
Easy to assemble, and complete with a conveniently placed on/off switch for safe turn around, this spreader is an asset to any gardener’s tool kit!
Scotts Company Handy Green Hand Spreader Review
The Scotts Company Green Hand Spreader is durable and comfortable to use. Its brilliant, ergonomic design prevents wrist fatigue, making it more pleasant to use than many other hand-held spreaders.
It’s perfect for applying lawn seed and fertiliser to small to medium lawns, with a lightweight design that makes it incredibly easy to work with.
Some people prefer handheld spreaders because it gives them more control over distribution than with other spreader types.
You can choose the flow-level required by changing the sliding-scale setting on the side. Then you simply turn the crank clockwise as you walk to spread the seed. It doesn’t get much easier than this!
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.
Seeing as its a hand-held spreader, it’s best suited to smaller areas. Perhaps medium-size gardens at a push if you don’t mind spending a bit more time on the job.
Lawn Spreader FAQs
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, rotary spreaders might be more appropriate because they cast the seeds/fertiliser further. There are push or hand-carry models available. However, they can be less accurate than drop spreaders.
Drop lawn spreaders distribute the product in line as you walk. They are very accurate, but can be less suitable for large lawns because they take longer to spread product.
- 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 with 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 to avoid missing 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.
It is important to clean your lawn spreader after each use.
Begin by pouring any unused product back into its packaging. 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.
A good lawn spreader will spread seed and fertiliser relatively evenly across the lawn. However, to improve even-ness, it can be a good idea to spread the seed in two directions. You can start 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.
- Choose a quality grass seed mix.
- Cut the existing grass and remove the clippings.
- Aerate the lawn and apply a thin layer of compost. This will provide good growing conditions for the new seed.
- Use a lawn spreader to evenly distribute the seed – 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.
- When the seeds germinate keep them moist until the new grass is well established.
- Use your lawn spreader to apply fertiliser once the seeds have germinated, then cut the grass once the whole lawn is about 6 cm.