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10 Best Fertilizer Spreaders in 2020

If you are keen gardener, or just someone who is house proud, you may find that your garden does not quite meet your expectations all year around. It may be that your garden is in a shady area or due to unpredictable weather conditions your grass does not grow as well as you would like and so the best option for you may be to fertilize your lawn to ensure the best garden you could have.

Depending on the size of your lawn there are two ways you can apply fertilizer to the lawn; if you have a small lawn, you may be able to easily spread fertilizer by hand. However, if you have a larger lawn, or are short of time, a fertilizer spreader may be the best and easiest option for you.

When picking the best lawn fertilizer spreader to purchase it can become complicated and time consuming, especially if this is the first time you are purchasing this type of item, so we have collected ten of the best available on the market.

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1. Scotts Whirl Hand-Powered Spreader

Scotts Whirl Hand-Powered Spreader

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The Scotts Whirl Hand-Powered spreader is one of the best handheld and powered lawn spreaders on the market, with Scotts including an adjustable arm to ensure maximum comfort for you while using this spreader. Due to the design of this model you can use it for a wide range of products in your garden. With a high number of satisfied customers, this hand powered spreader is one that comes highly recommended.

Using the hand crank you can distribute as much fertilizer as you need and it is optimized for a smaller spreading space, meaning you can target all areas you need to work on, including small flowerbeds and borders.

This product can hold up to 1,500 sq. feet of products for use on your lawn, whether lawn fertilizer or seed fertilizer you can utilize this spreader to significantly improve your garden. This fertilizer spreader is bought fully assembled so you can use it immediately after purchase for a quick start.

Pros:
+ Adjustable arm
+ Easy to use handle
+ Large volume
+ Great customer recommendations
+ Optimized for precision spreading

Why We Liked It – We liked the comfort of using this handheld fertilizer spreader, making use of the adjustable arm this item can be used by multiple people for the same great results without discomfort, meaning gardening can become more of a family activity.


2. Agri-Fab Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader

Agri-Fab Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader

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This spreader is optimized to be towed behind you as you work, making it unsuitable for small spaces and better for use on large surface areas. The size and design allows you to carry more fertilizer for use as a tow behind broadcast spreader; this gives you the ability to quickly work to prepare your lawn for the season whether this is fertilizer in summer or to provide nutrition for your lawn ahead of colder weather. Due to the nature of a tow behind broadcast spreader, you will need a ride on lawn mower or a lawn-tractor to use this product, meaning that it will not be suitable for some home gardens.

This fertilizer spreader is equipped with pneumatic tires for better traction and movement when being used and has professional controls enabling you to evenly spread the fertilizer across the space you are working in to ensure a consistent spread pattern.

Pros:
+ Rust resistant frame
+ Excellent traction
+ 25,000 sq. foot range capacity
+ Universal hitch pin
+ Spread control for consistent spread pattern

Why We Liked It – We loved the load capacity of this tow behind broadcast spreader, it was extremely easy to attach to a ride on lawn mower and very easy to control when using it.


3. (Great Quality) Stalwart Handheld Spreader

Stalwart Handheld Spreader

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Stalwart has designed a durable, easy to use handheld spreader which you can use all year round for a variety of products that will improve your lawn. With an easy to remove twist-off lid you can easily fill this hand-held spreader quickly, with a 2.3L capacity you can use this for a considerable period without having to re-fill numerous times. The handle has been designed for an ergonomic fit in your hand, making it more comfortable to use over a period of time when working on your lawn, and fits all hand sizes.

This spreader can be used with salt, fertilizer and seed for excellent care of your lawn, and due to the size and shape of this spreader, you will be able to store it easily between uses.

Pros:
+ Durable plastic design
+ Easy to store
+ Great capacity
+ Ergonomic handle design
+ Easy to fill

Why We Liked It – We liked the handle design on this spreader; it can comfortably be used by anyone in the house due to the size design, making it the perfect item to use when spending time working on your garden with family and friends.


4. Solo, Inc. Solo Portable Chest-mount Spreader

Solo, Inc. Solo Portable Chest-mount Spreader

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Solo, Inc. has created an extremely portable chest mounted fertilizer spreader which offers precise fertilizing due to your ability to accurately aim the fertilizer at the area you are working on. The most effective way to use this fertilizer spreader is in small areas, it is especially worth using on flower beds and small areas. Whereas fertilizer spreaders with wheels can be unpredictable on uneven surfaces and difficult to maneuver in tight spaces, this chest mounted spreader is designed to give you flexibility.

You can be assured that this design will protect your clothing while working effectively on your lawn, due to a spill-proof cap on the top and design to ensure that debris and fertilizer do not hit or stain your clothes and shoes while you work. This also helps you to avoid wasted fertilizer while you work and can be used to spread other products also including, rock salt, seeds, and sand.

Pros:
+ Can be used for other items in addition to fertilizer
+ Easy to maneuver
+ More accurate than a fertilizer spreader on wheels
+ Lightweight
+ Precise

Why We Liked It – We loved the precision of this fertilizer spreader, because it is chest mounted we were able to aim it more accurately when using it and more accurately aim fertilizer on the area you are working on.


5. Spot Spreader Hand Spreader Shaker

Spot Spreader Hand Spreader Shaker

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This handheld spreader has a brilliant design, with a durable handle and an adjustable opening allowing control of the amount of fertilizer being dispersed. The size of this spreader allows for large amounts of fertilizer to be spread at one time, and can also be used for salt or grit in your driveway in colder weather. The adjustable opening allows you to use what is required for the space you are working in and help you to keep your lawn in excellent condition.

This is a surprisingly compact spreader, which makes it easy to store between uses and lightweight while still having a large capacity, enabling you to use it on any size of lawn or flower bed.

Pros:
+ Compact
+ Lightweight
+ Easy to store
+ Great capacity
+ Adjustable opening

Why We Liked It – We liked the compact nature of this design, the nature of the design allowed us to hold the spreader right where we needed the fertilizer to land and was excellent to store in any size outhouse.


6. Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader

Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader

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Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader is purchased fully assembled for immediate use, and has a 5,000 sq. ft capacity for use on larger lawns. The Scotts Turf Builder mini broadcast spreader is similar to the Agri-Fab spreader reviewed above, but is instead a walk behind broadcast spreader; this means that it delivers a consistent spread across a wider area but you do not need additional equipment to use it with.

The compact design and foot down handle make this spreader very easy to store and allows you to use it when needed quickly without having to re-assemble it. The Scotts Turf Builder is designed to be used with Scott’s products for fertilizer, and is sold fully calibrated for optimal use.

Pros:
+ Compact design
+ Easy to store
+ Excellent load capacity
+ Easy to use
+ Fully calibrated for even spread

Why We Liked It – The Scotts Turf Builder is an excellent all round product, that is immediately easy to use, and due to it being a manually pushed broadcast spreader we found that it was a great garden workout also.


7. Fasmov Adjustable Handheld Spreader

Fasmov Adjustable Handheld Spreader

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Fasmov have created a handheld fertilizer spreader which is very easy to use and is packaged in a pack of two. These handheld bottles have a large capacity and are versatile with a wide neck that allows you to use this for a variety of products to be spread across your lawn.

This spreader has volume lines down the side to allow you to measure how much fertilizer you have spread over your lawn and control the amount that is on the lawn. This spreader is effective because of the amount of control that you have and the ability you have to ensure that the fertilizer reaches the precise areas you intended.

The neck of this spreader can be adjusted to allow further control and measurement of how much fertilizer is deposited in each area that you are working. The neck of the spreader is open enough for you to be able to easily fill the spreader and clean it between uses. With such a simple design you can use this product for whatever you need it for.

Pros:
+ Simple design
+ Versatile
+ Easy to use
+ Adjustable neck for volume control
+ Measurement lines on the side of the spreader

Why We Liked It – We liked the simple design of this fertilizer spreader, it is very easy to fill, measure the fertilizer being used and ensure that what you are using lands where it is needed on your lawn. It is perfect for people of any experience with using fertilizer spreaders.


8. Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard DLX Broadcast Spreader

Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard DLX Broadcast Spreader

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Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard DLX Broadcast Spreader is the next model from the Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard mini broadcast spreader reviewed above and they have added some features to the control panel to ensure enhanced precision when improving your lawn while still giving you all of the benefits of a broadcast spreader.

Broadcast spreaders give a wider range of coverage than a handheld spreader does while giving you a more physical workout too. This is another push spreader rather than a tow behind; meaning you will not need any additional machinery to help you to operate this spreader.

As with other Scotts fertilizer spreaders, this fertilizer spreader is optimized for use with other Scotts products and has a load capacity of up to 15,000 sq. foot range. Broadcast spreaders are a very easy method of distribution over a larger surface area and this spreader is designed to help you to work over a medium sized lawn comfortably without having to reload.

Pros:
+ Improved features
+ Excellent load capacity
+ Easy distribution
+ Easy to use control panel
+ Hand pushed spreader

Why We Liked It – We liked the upgraded features of the Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard DLX over the Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard mini as the increased precision of the control panel gives a better lawn coverage with increased capacity over the mini model.


9. Brinly Tow-Behind Broadcast Spreader

Brinly Tow-Behind Broadcast Spreader

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Brinly’s tow behind broadcast spreader includes a high load hopper with a superior load capacity which will significantly reduce the amount of time spent refilling the spreader in comparison to the time spent using it. This tow behind spreader has been designed with durability in mind; the hopper is rust and dent proof with all other parts designed to withstand use with fertilizers and outdoor impacts. This spreader also includes a universal hook-up for use with a ride on mower or tractor, meaning you will not need to buy a product specific to Brinly in order to use this tow behind spreader.

Brinly has also thought of waste when designing this spreader as they have patented an auto flow design which allows for a consistent spread when your tractor or mower is towing this spreader but stops the fertilizer from pooling when this tow behind spreader stops.

The calibration of this broadcast spreader can be fixed using a dial on the control panel to ensure consistency, and Brinly has included hundreds of pre-set calibration settings for you to choose from. This tow behind spreader will spread fertilizer across larger spaces and includes directional spreading so you can be sure of an even spread across your entire lawn.

Pros:
+ Universal hitch pin
+ Superior load capacity
+ High quality components
+ Pre-set calibration settings
+ Directional spread patterns

Why We Liked It – We liked the ease of use with this product, Brinly have made it very simple to use what could otherwise be a complex piece of machinery by including pre-set calibration and a universal hitch pin. This has made this fertilizer spreader great for larger home lawns.


10. Earthway Estate Broadcast Tow Spreader

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The Earthway Broadcast tow spreader is sold fully assembled with an easy to set up design to give you a high capacity load spreader designed to be used with full sized garden tractors. Featuring 10 inch pneumatic tires for enhanced traction and movement you can be sure that this tow spreader is durable for spreading over large distances. This lawn fertilizer spreader features a patented ‘Ev-n-spread’ 3-hole drop system to ensure even spread of fertilizer and other materials as you move across the space you are fertilizing.

This spreader includes a heavy duty hopper which can hold up to 80 pounds of fertilizer, giving you a wider range before you will need to refill. The controls for this spreader are easy to operate, located conveniently on the handle which enable precision over the entire work area.

Pros:
+ Heavy duty hopper
+ Easy to operate controls
+ High load capacity
+ Even spread pattern
+ Easy to operate

Why We Liked It – We liked the design of this spreader, it comprises a simple, easy to operate design which gives you everything you need for a larger lawn, the spread capacity of this broadcast spreader allows you to easily spread fertilizer without the need to constantly stop and start to refill.


Fertilizer Spreader Buyer’s Guide

When looking at the best fertilizer spreader to suit your needs it is important to understand the types of spreaders on the market; there are three main types that you can choose from. There is the handheld spreader, which is as it is described – a fertilizer spreader that you hold and operate by hand, allowing you precision and easy storage due to being smaller in size generally.

The second type is the Broadcast Spreader, which has a spinning disk which as the fertilizer or seed is released from the hopper it is loaded into the disk distributes the fertilizers by pushing it out and away from the spreader. The third is the Drop Spreader, a drop spreader drops the fertilizer from holes in the underside of the hopper, this makes a drop spreader especially precise, great for borders, and edges but can be time-consuming to work on a big lawn as you will need to work back and forth in lines.

Size Matters

Fertilizer spreader

With handheld and drop spreaders fertilizer and other products are easier to control, more precise and give you the best coverage for the area you are working in. The issue to consider when deciding if one of these types of fertilizer spreaders is best for you is to consider the size of the area that you are working in is suitable; a small lawn area is recommended due to the general load capacity being far smaller in a drop spreader or handheld spreader than in a broadcast spreader.

The smaller load capacity and smaller surface area for spreading means that you will spend more time refilling the spreader and moving across the surface area of the lawn. Whereas, a tow behind broadcast spreader has a far greater load capacity, meaning less pausing to refill. However, this also means far less precision when using such a heavy duty seed fertilizer or lawn fertilizer.

When looking at which tow behind product you want to purchase you should look at whether or not that spreader has pneumatic tires as this type of tire is what gives your spreader the durability to work for years to come. Pneumatic tires are also the main reason for the maneuverability of a tow behind broadcast spreader, their positioning and design make turning on your lawn much easier, allowing you to continue to spread the product you are using with ease and without wasting too much of the product.

Why do I need a fertilizer spreader?

woman fertilizing her lawn with a spreader

Before deciding on which is the best lawn fertilizer spreader, first you need to decide if you actually need one. Each product listed above is designed to help your lawn, whether this is seed for growth, fertilizer for health or ice melt for protection against the elements.

A fertilizer spreader is designed to ensure the best even spread of any product across the lawn, this is much more effective than using your hands to distribute as fertilizer spreaders generally have a large capacity, much larger than can be managed manually. Using a broadcast spreader or drop spreader is also far less demanding on your body, as spending a long continuous period of time using handheld spreaders can become tiring.

Which one is right for you?

Seeder

You can find a number of related posts advising the best fertilizer spreaders on the market and our advice to you is to consider your individual needs when looking at why you need a fertilizer spreader and which would be the best for you. It could be that you are looking for ease in caring for your lawn, or that you don’t have much time to devote to your lawn and so having a tool to help makes your life easier. Whichever reason you require a spreader we recommend you always look at the best fertilizer spreaders in the type of spreader that suits your needs.

Once you have decided that you need a fertilizer spreader, the next step is to look at the brands of spreaders in the type that you require, the reason for this is that some brands offer products to go with their spreaders such as; seed or fertilizer. So it is worth looking at the related posts for each fertilizer spreader to find the best fertilizer to go with it. All of Scotts fertilizer spreaders, both broadcast spreader and drop spreader, are optimized for use with their own fertilizer products, giving you longevity and the best outcome from the spreaders they offer.

Using a classic drop spreader is the best way to move to a more advanced fertilizer spreader than using a handheld spreader. Drop spreaders offer the same precision, although they are different in their ability to cover a bigger distance in a shorter space of time than a handheld spreader, the drop spreader has an increased capacity per unit which allows for a larger surface volume coverage.

The best fertilizer spreaders on the market in each category may cost you more than the basic drop spreader or broadcast spreader available. However, we recommend that you do not rule out the more costly fertilizer spreaders solely based on price and that you shop around and read reviews of those products you are interested in buying to ensure it suits your needs.

Expert’s Tip

Using a fertilizer on your lawn can drastically improve the look and feel of your lawn year-round, and a spreader used correctly ensures the best overall health of your lawn.

Did You Know?

You can use most spreaders for more than just fertilizer; most can be used for grass seed, ice melt, and grit too, but, it is always worth checking the manufacturer’s specifications to ensure that using other items with a spreader will not damage it. This is especially important with a drop spreader where too large a product inside can cause unseen damage while in use.

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