How to Use a Rotary Spreader


Rotary spreaders, also known as broadcast spreaders, are used to spread fertilizer and grass seed over lawns. They work by releasingt a controlled amount of substance that is determined by the spreader's setting. They also sport a mechanism that spins to spread the fertilizer or grass seed over a wide area. Most fertilizers and grass seeds provide information about what setting to use on the spreader.

Step 1

Read the fertilizer or grass seed bag carefully to determine the setting at which to set the rotary spreader.

Step 2

Set the dial of the rotary spreader to the indicated setting. Pour the fertilizer or grass seed into the rotary spreader.

Step 3

Push the rotary spreader to the area where you will spread the material. Squeeze the lever on the rotary spreader handle to open the dispensing door on the spreader.

Step 4

Walk back and forth across the area in parallel paths to ensure an even spread of the material in the spreader.

Step 5

Release the lever when finished, and push the rotary spreader back to its storage location.

Things You'll Need

  • Rotary spreader
  • Fertilizer or grass seed


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