Which Spreader Is Best for Your Yard?

Great looking lawns start with three simple steps: Weeding, feeding, and seeding. All 3 of these activities call for a spreader, which, handily enough, you can also use to spread ice melt once winter rolls around. So, just what kind of spreader should you use? It all depends on the size and layout of your lawn. (Don't know how big your lawn is? Download the My Lawn app to help you calculate.) Use this guide to find your perfect match, and know that no matter which type of spreader you choose, it's important to always follow the label directions.

Broadcast Spreader

Works best for lawns that: Are medium to large in size, without a lot of tight turns.

How it works: As you push a broadcast spreader, it dispenses the product in a broad, overlapping pattern, allowing you to cover a lot of ground in a relatively short time period.

The right Scotts® broadcast spreader for you:

  • For medium lawns (5,000 ft
  • For large lawns (15,000 ft
  • For extra large lawns (20,000 ft

Drop Spreader

Works best for lawns that: Contain lots of landscaping, planting beds, narrow green strips, and/or tight turns.

How it works: Unlike a broadcast spreader, which casts materials outward, a drop spreader drops the product directly underneath as you push it, so you can be much more precise about the target area.

The right Scotts® drop spreader for you:

The heavy-duty, extremely accurate

Scotts® Turf Builder® Classic Drop Spreader holds up to 10,000 square feet of Scotts® lawn products, such as Scotts® Turf Builder® lawn foods, and comes fully assembled.

Hand-held Spreader

Works best for lawns that: Are small in size (1,500 ft2 or less).

How it works: Powered either by battery or crank, a hand-held spreader dispenses product in front of the spreader as you walk.


The right Scotts® hand-held spreader for you:

With 23 different spreader settings and 1-touch locking on-off control, the battery-powered Scotts® Wizz™ Spreader is simple to use. Plus, it has Edgeguard® Technology* for more precise coverage, and can also be used to spread ice melt.Just looking for a basic hand-crank spreader? The Scotts® Whirl™ Hand-Powered Spreader has an adjustable arm and is engineered to deliver smooth and even product coverage. Use it to apply fertilizer, grass seed, and even ice melt.* Edgeguard® Technology blocks off the right side of the spreader pattern so product is applied just to the lawn, and not to areas like driveways, sidewalks, or landscaping.