These useful tips will hopefully prevent accidents or spills and provide some insight on the proper operation of a lawn spreader.
- Be sure the lever is closed before filling the hopper
- Always fill the hopper on a hard surface, never on grass
- Do not overfill the hopper
- Ensure the screen is in place, to prevent clogging
- Always push the spreader, never pull
- Push the spreader at a consistent speed, the same as when calibrated
- Always start walking before opening the lever, and close the lever before stopping
- Walk in straight lines with the handle in the same position as when calibrated
- To avoid gaps or dark stripes, be sure to adequately overlap if using a rotary spreader
- Do not spread material while turning. The distribution is concentrated towards the inside of the turn, causing striping or burning
- Do not apply granular products in windy conditions; product could blow into sensitive areas, upset neighbors, and be ineffective
- Keep material dry to prevent caking and clogging of opening
- Be cautious on slopes to prevent tipping and spillage
- Always rinse off spreader after use to prevent corrosion and avoid buildup around the opening and on the impeller
A fertilizer spill can be particularly damaging to a lawn by actually burning the leaf tissues beyond recovery. Pesticides tend to be odoriferous and powdery and should be applied on a calm day to avoid drifting. If a fertilizer or pesticide spill occurs, read the label and follow directions.
If in doubt about fertilizer or pesticide applications, there is no shame in letting a lawn care company come a few times a year. It's safer, easier, and takes up no space in the garage.