How to Set a Scotts Turf Builder Spreader


Scotts manufactures five broadcast spreaders, including a basic model and a deluxe model that holds enough fertilizer for 15,000 square feet of lawn. A mini-version for small lawns holds fertilizer for 5,000 square feet of lawn. Some of the models come with an edge protection feature that keeps fertilizer out of flower beds and lawns. Choose your spreader based on the size of your lawn, desired features and how often you fertilize.

Step 1

Turn the rate setting dial to the setting recommended on the fertilizer package. The dial turns easily to the left or right.

Step 2

Set the Scotts TurfBuilder spreader on a sidewalk or driveway so any spillage can easily be swept up. Fill the spreader with fertilizer.

Step 3

Move the spreader to the lawn. Walk across the lawn in a back-and-forth motion to apply the fertilizer. Pull the lever up to open the spreader, releasing fertilizer.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always wear shoes and long pants when applying fertilizer. Wash hands thoroughly and put on fresh clothing after using fertilizer. Never fill a spreader on the lawn. Store fertilizer in a safe place away from children. Keep children and pets off your fertilized lawn for 2 days or as package directs.


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Who Can Help

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Julie Christensen has been writing professionally since 2001. She is a full-time freelance writer and former teacher with writing credits from several regional and national publications, such as Colorado Parent and LDS Living. She specializes in parenting, education and gardening topics. Christensen studied early childhood education at Ricks College, and spent 20 years as a teacher and director in university and public school settings.