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Can you use a fertilizer spreader for grass seed?

Last Updated: 13th April, 2020

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Photo 1: Fertilizer spreaders use rotary action
Spread grass seed and other lawn products uniformly, quickly and efficiently using a broadcaster grass seed spreader. Too much is wasteful and could kill your lawn; too little won't do the job. A good fertilizer spreader can apply just the right amount of product.

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Herein, what should I set the spreader to for grass seed?

For application using a pushed broadcast spreader, Scotts recommends a setting of 5 1/2 when overseeding and a bare-lawn setting of 8 1/4. With a handheld broadcast spreader, Scotts recommends a setting of 4 when overseeding or seeding a new lawn but suggests that the sower make two perpendicular passes for new areas.

Likewise, can you just sprinkle grass seed on lawn? If you just sprinkle the grass seed on hard-packed soil as soon as it rains or you water all of the seed will wash into puddles and you'll have a lawn full of bare spots.

Also question is, do you have to use a spreader for grass seed?

A seed spreader is a tool which enables you to evenly spread any granular substance over an area, be it a lawn or otherwise. While many lawn owners may think that they don't need much more than a mower to properly maintain their lawns, those who want their patch to be the talk of the neighbourhood know better.

Will grass seed grow if not covered?

It's not necessary to buy new topsoil or any special form of soil to cover your newly planted grass seed. If you spend time to prepare the soil you have, your new grass seeds will sprout.

Related Question Answers

Yixin Lindenlaub

Professional

Do you put fertilizer down before grass seed?

When seeding a lawn, you should never apply the fertilizer and seed together. This can cause an uneven distribution of the materials resulting in patchy areas or seedlings burned by excess fertilizer. It is best to spread the fertilizer just prior to planting the seed.

Feifei Wierbrugge

Professional

Can I put grass seed on top of grass?

Sowing new grass seed over your existing lawn is known as overseeding. While it's possible to simply sow the new grass seed over your existing lawn, taking the time to prepare your lawn beforehand will increase the likelihood of seed germination and improve your end result.

Kirsti Michudo

Explainer

Can you spread grass seed by hand?

Spread the seed evenly by hand in small areas. Use a hand or lawn spreader or a mechanical seeder in large areas. Apply approximately 16 seeds per square inch. Grass may be weak or thin in these areas.

Kamilla Zerouali

Explainer

Is drop spreader better than broadcast?

Spreaders help you apply granular fertilizer or herbicide to your lawn. They can also spread grass seed. The main difference between drop spreaders and broadcast spreaders is the precision of application. In other words, a broadcast spreader is faster, but a drop spreader is more targeted.

Sole Melenas

Explainer

What do numbers on Scotts spreader mean?

If it is a Scotts basic broadcast spreader, the number represents the number of pounds of fertilizer placed over 1000 sq ft.

Arman Canaverde

Pundit

How much grass seed do I need for 1000 square feet?

For example, if you wish to plant a new Kentucky bluegrass lawn, the seeding rate is 2 to 3 pounds of seed per 1,000 square feet. If you are planting a tall fescue lawn, the recommended rate is 8 to 10 pounds per 1,000 square feet.

Angie Wagelohner

Pundit

Can you put down too much grass seed?

All plants, including grass plants, need adequate soil space for roots to spread and develop. If you put down too much grass seed, you will encourage competition that will cause your grass seedlings to struggle after germination because there will be excessive competition for sunlight, soil nutrients, and water.

Asael Stannard

Pundit

Alcina Schacke

Teacher

Should you mix grass seed topsoil?

Amending Topsoil
Your topsoil is extremely important to your grass seeds but should be amended prior to any seed dispersal. In general, work about 4 inches of organic material, like compost, into your topsoil. This nutrient-rich addition provides a fertile soil environment for the top 8 inches of soil.

Hristinka Insaurraga

Teacher

Do you have to aerate before overseeding?

The best time to aerate your lawn is during the fall before you begin a fertilization program or decide to overseed. The aeration spikes should penetrate the soil at least 1 ½ inches deep, depending on your existing soil conditions. Run your irrigation system after the turf has been aerated.

Venita Gothert

Reviewer

How often should I water grass seed?

Ordinary Seed: Water 1-2 times a week, applying a total of approximately 1 inch of water each week based on your location and time of year. Watering 1- 2 times per week is more beneficial than light watering several times a week.

Natosha Naiman

Reviewer

How do you make a homemade fertilizer spreader?

For small jobs, create a hand-held spreader.

How to Make a Fertilizer & Sand Spreader
  1. Clean the plastic coffee container with soapy water.
  2. Drill holes on the bottom of the container, spacing the holes approximately 1 inch from each other.
  3. Add the fertilizer or sand to the container.

Sufian Artigues

Reviewer

How do you plant grass seed in the spring?

Plant Grass Seed
  1. Put half the grass seeds in a drop or broadcast spreader.
  2. Turn the rake so the tines are facing up.
  3. Cover the ground with a thin layer of mulch made from wheat straw, if your lawn is uneven and prone to erosion.
  4. Water the lawn lightly each day until the grass is 2 inches tall.

Hamady Avril

Supporter

Do you need a spreader for fertilizer?

Do You Need a Spreader? If you're going to spread fertilizer on your lawn then you really shouldn't do it without a spreader. There are two types of spreaders: broadcast and drop. Drop spreaders are for more targeted applications, while broadcast spreaders are good for covering a large area quickly.

Garoe Bosio

Supporter

How do you calibrate a spreader?

To calibrate your spreader for an application of fertilizer to your lawn:
  1. Determine the amount of fertilizer needed for 100 sq. ft.
  2. Place this amount in the spreader.
  3. Mark off the area. For a rotary spreader, use a 10-foot by 10-foot area (100 sq.
  4. Apply using the suggested setting.

Alea Ritschel

Supporter

What do the numbers mean on a fertilizer spreader?

All fertilizer labels have three bold numbers. The first number is the amount of nitrogen (N), the second number is the amount of phosphate (P2O5) and the third number is the amount of potash (K2O). Phosphorus is provided as 0-46-0 and potash as 0-0-60 or 0-0-50.

Crista Seyberth

Beginner

What setting should my lawn spreader be on?

Set your spreader so that it's ¾ open when engaged. If, for example, the spreader is calibrated 1 to 20, set it at 15. Place eight pounds of Milorganite into the spreader's hopper. This is about one-fifth bag, or 8 lbs., of Milorganite, which is equivalent to 24 cups.

Kandy Newton

Beginner

What setting should I use on Scotts spreader for grass seed?

For application using a pushed broadcast spreader, Scotts recommends a setting of 5 1/2 when overseeding and a bare-lawn setting of 8 1/4. With a handheld broadcast spreader, Scotts recommends a setting of 4 when overseeding or seeding a new lawn but suggests that the sower make two perpendicular passes for new areas.

Lavern Barrueta

Beginner

Do you need a grass seed spreader?

Whether you need to spread seed, topsoil, fertiliser or even road salt, seed spreaders allow you to complete this task efficiently and effectively. When you next need to fertilise, reseed or resoil your lawn, McKays' seed spreaders could well be a worthwhile investment.