How to Use a Drop Spreader for Grass Seed


When spreading grass seed, drop spreaders have two advantages over broadcast spreaders. It is easier to be more accurate with application when using a drop spreader, especially on lawns with small flower beds and other areas where you do not want to apply grass seed. Drop spreaders are also lighter and easier to maneuver. Grass seed application with a drop spreader will depend on the seed in question. Drop spreaders have handles that adjust the rate of seed (or other granular material) spread at a time.

Step 1

Measure the square footage of the lawn you want to cover. Measure the length and width of the lawn, then multiply them by each other to get the square footage.

Step 2

Purchase grass seed according to both the square footage you wish to cover and your lighting conditions. Choose carefully, as shady areas require different seed than sunny areas.

Step 3

Close the bottom of the hopper on your drop spreader while standing on your driveway or sidewalk. Fill the spreader with half the recommended amount of grass seed for your lawn. Read recommended amounts and drop spreader settings on the bag of grass seed. Adjust drop spreader settings accordingly, with the hopper closed so you do not waste seed.

Step 4

Begin walking back and forth in a single direction over the surface of the lawn to be seeded, pushing the spreader in front of you. Turn and make sure your wheel line overlaps the wheel line of the last stripe you made. Continue in this manner until you have crossed the entire lawn with seed.

Step 5

Fill your drop spreader with the other half of the recommended amount of grass seed. Begin crossing the lawn in paths that are perpendicular to the first lawn seeding you did. Overlap wheel lines until you get to the end of the lawn this way.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Grass seed
  • Drop spreader
  • Garden hose
  • Spray lubricant


  • The GreenView: How do I Choose a Spreader?
  • Reader's Digest: How to Use a Fertilizer and Seed Spreader
  • Home Depot: Buying Guide: Spreaders
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