How to Use a Scotts Broadcast Lawn Spreader

With a spreader, lawn care takes just a few easy steps.

How to Use a Scotts Broadcast Lawn Spreader

If you love kicking back and admiring your work—and by that, we mean a flawless lawn that keeps the neighbors asking how you do it—you probably already have a broadcast spreader. After all, you're a total pro. What's that? You don't have one? You must enjoy making lawn care a little more difficult.

Broadcast spreaders are a secret to keeping your grass nice and thick—and a spiffy shade of green. They're a triple threat, like the John Travolta of lawn tools: You can use it to seed, feed, and even weed your yard, plus pull it out in winter to apply Scotts® Eco-Blend Snow & Ice Melt on your hardscapes.

They're also the key to taking it easy. Not convinced? Here's a quick guide on how to use one:

  1. Take note of any special application information on the back of the bag, as well as the correct dial setting for what you're spreading.
  2. Set the dial on the spreader and fill the hopper with product.
  3. Treat the perimeter of your lawn first, then steadily cover all areas of your yard going back and forth in straight lines.
  4. Make sure your passes overlap the product for even coverage.
  5. Pour any unused material back into the bag and sweep up any product that strayed from your lawn.

That's it. All you need to do now is determine your lawn size to know which spreader is right for the job.

  • The Scotts® Whirl™ Hand-Powered Spreader is excellent for smaller yards, anything coming in under 1,500 square feet.
  • Tackle those of medium size, 5,000 square feet or less, with a Scotts® Turf Builder® Edgeguard® Mini Broadcast Spreader.
  • For more substantial areas—up to 15,000 square feet—the Scotts® Turf Builder® Edgeguard® DLX Broadcast Spreader, with its large hopper, is ideal.
  • If you're lucky enough to have an extra large lawn, use the Scotts® Elite Spreader. The hopper can hold enough product to cover 20,000 square feet.

Broadcast spreaders make lawn care tasks as fast as greased lightning—you may even feel compelled to do a little dance when you're done (it's okay to keep that to yourself). But in the spirit of spreading, share your secret to success with aspiring lawn geeks. Yours will look twice as nice when the whole street is filled with green.

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