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In order for you to get a great looking lawn, you need to fertilise properly. And in order to fertilise properly, you need a good (or the best) lawn spreader.

That is exactly what I intend to find you in this post, the best possible spreader for your lawn.

I’ll be going over the various options available on the market, telling you about their pros and cons, and I’ll give you some advice on how to use them properly.

By the end of this review you should have a good idea of which spreader is the best for you and your garden.

Drop Spreaders

Drop Spreaders Out of the four available, this is one of the most common.

As suggested by its name, the fertiliser granules are “dropped” out of the bottom of the spreader as you begin to move, which makes for a nice, uniform spread.

If you’ve got square and uncomplicated garden then this is probably the best choice for you.


  • Can be used to apply other lawn amendments such as sand, grass seed and lawn food
  • If you’re planning on using a weed & feed then this is the best spreader of choice
  • Good to use around the edges of lawn as you don’t get as much scatter
  • Variable settings available for desired application
  • Adjustable handle with on/off switch


  • You need to be fairly precise with this and it could take quite a lot of passes to cover your entire lawn
  • Can wobble little if your lawn is bumpy which could lead to you missing areas
  • Hard to use in tight lawn areas
  • If the fertiliser is quite chunky the spreader can clog


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Rotary Spreaders

Rotary Spreaders

This is very similar to a drop spreader but instead of dropping the fertiliser to the ground, it’s dropped onto a rotating disk. This disk flings the fertiliser outwards in an arch shape so that it can cover a larger area. This action makes it much more suitable for larger lawns.

You just need to make sure that you keep up your pace of 1 metre per second to ensure proper coverage.


  • Thanks to its large distribution, it will get the job done fast
  • Variable settings available
  • Adjustable handle
  • Lightweight at 3.4 kg
  • Provides much more even coverage compared to other  rotary spreaders


  • Should only be used when applying a fertiliser or grass seed
  • Easy for granules to fly off and land in areas you don’t want them to, like flower beds
  • Little tricky to use around the edges of a lawn (because of the reason above)
  • It takes a little skill and experience to get a uniform coverage
  • Spreading can be affected by windy conditions, which again could lead to fertiliser/grass seed landing in your flower beds
  • Like the drop spreader, they are hard to use in tight spaces

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Hand Held Spreaders

Hand Held Spreader

This one is probably the most underused spreader out of the lot.

The bag spreader is very similar to the rotary spreader, in that it uses a rotating disk to distribute the fertiliser/grass seed, but instead of you pushing it around your lawn, it sits on your shoulders or is held in your hand.

All you would need to do is walk around your lawn and turn the handle at the side to distribute the fertiliser.


  • Very lightweight so many people will be able to use it
  • You have more control over its application
  • Easier to use in tight spaces compared to the spreaders above
  • Good storage
  • Relatively cheap
  • Easy to clean
  • Can be used for more than just fertiliser, such as grass seed and salt


  • Best suited for right handed people
  • The nylon bag (for some types) which is used is more likely to be damaged and ripped than the plastic spreaders
  • Spread could be affected by windy conditions
  • Difficult to achieve even distribution
  • Spread could still end up in unwanted areas, even though you have more control

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Spreader Pack

best lawn spreadersSpreader Pack

You are likely see these packs in garden stores as they will come integrated with your fertiliser.

At the top of the fertilisers container, you will find a little spout. All you do is open this spout and walk around your lawn to spread the fertiliser.


  • Light and compact so is easy to store
  • Comes with application rates on the side of the container, so you are more likely to apply it correctly
  • Easier to use because it is lightweight
  • Convenient


  • Difficult to get an even application because of the amount of walking you will need to do
  • If the product is not shaken properly, you could end up getting an uneven mix / application
  • Is not a one time buy, so the costs could build up as multiple applications are needed

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So hopefully after reading through all of that you have a better idea of which spreader is the right option for you and your lawn.

But if you need any help with choosing then do not worry, I’m here. Just leave a comment below with any questions you have and I will do my best to answer them.

Of course, getting the best fertiliser spreader for your lawn is a very important aspect of good lawn care, but it is probably not the most important.

In my opinion, and possibly yours too, lawn mowing is the most important and because of that I think you need a great mower to have a great lawn.

So to find one for you today, follow this link and you can read some of my best lawn mower reviews

You may also be interested is some of my other articles –

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