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Old 04-23-2007, 10:29 AM   #1
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Simple question regarding ferilizer spreading.


I am getting ready to spread fertilizer on my lawn - first time ever doing such a thing. The yard is 24,000 sq ft. I have a ride-on tractor. I am considering a push fertilizer spreader $35 or the spreading attachment for my tractor $200. I definitely would Rather not spend the $200, but never having spread before, I have no idea what I'm up against @ 24k sq with a push spreader. Anyone weigh in on whether or not I should pony up the $200? Should I spend $70 and get 2 spreaders and have my wire start at the other end maybe? I don't mind labor, but I just want to make sure I do whats best for the lawn and might be ridiculous if I have to fill the push one up like
80 times...

OH, and I'm being told Scotts Turf Builder With Halts Crabgrass Preventer is the way to go - anyone agree/disagree.

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Go with the push spreader. It won't take you more than 30-40 mintues. My yard takes me about 10-15 and it's probably around 6,000 sq ft. Since the spreader shoots the fertilizer out a good 6 ft, you don't cover every inch of the yard like you would if you are mowing. I would buy a couple of bags that cover 15,000 sq ft. It will tell you what setting you should use for the application. Scott's is high priced. I have never used it, and have always had luck with the cheaper stuff. A good weed and feed will do the trick. Follow the directions on the bag. If you have had problems with crabgrass in the past put it down now, but if not, I would go with a weed and feed product.

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Old 04-23-2007, 10:55 AM   #3
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Oh, I almost forgot. I have a smaller spreader that I don't need to refill at all. One bag fits. If you get a normal sized one (usually run $35 or so) You probably would only need to refill once.
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Thats what I wanted to hear - thanks.
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If you have a lawn tractor already, I recommend you get the tow behind spreader that comes also with an aerator. I think the only type of aerator that comes with it is the "ninja stars" aerator. That way, you can aerate your lawn and feed the fertilizer directly to the grass roots, which is the best way.

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I mean, in all honesty I would go with a push. However, if you have the $ and you want an attachment then handyman has it right. With that said, if all you are doing is mowing and fertilizing, it might not be worth the extra cost. Just depends on how "professional" you want things.
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Also, if I were you, I'd go with the agrifab one, instead of the crafstman one. For one, it's wider, but the best benefit is that it's twice as heavy. Because it's heavier, you don't have to worry about somehow putting cinderblocks on the spreader so that the aerator can cut into the soil properly without lifting.

Doesn't look like it has a flat surface for you to put blocks. Normally, standalone aerators have flat surfaces to put the blocks. For this combo device, once the fertilizer is gone, thus the added weight, it may not aerate as well since it's lighter.

Third benefit of course is you can use this combo device to aerate even when you're not fertilizing. You can just put blocks inside the hopper if necessary.

Finally, these are drop spreaders, not broadcast spreaders, so you will get better coverage, but be careful not to overfertilize. You'll continue to use this combo instrument not only to aerate and fertilize, but also to lay down grass seed, lime, and other chemicals as needed. Aerator will allow you to actually open up the soil and drop the seed right into the dirt rather than on top of the grass.

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My only question is, a neighbor who used to the door the landscaping for a high school tells me definitley do not aerate until fall but fertilize now. If that is true, then a combo probably wouldn't be good for me. But maybe its not good advice??
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Why wouldn't you aerate now? Not only should you aerate, but you should dethatch too. Getting fertilizer to the roots is the best method.
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One tip, I used to have troble getting even coverage of fertalizer or weed killer with my spreader. Worst was the drop spreader. A rotary style is much better.

What I do to get good results is I set the setting to half of recommended and then go over twice, in different directions.

My lawn isn't quite as big as yours but it doesn't take long. It takes me significantly longer to mow.
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That's strange. I've found drop spreaders to have much more coverage, which you have to be careful about since you could overfertilize and burn your grass. Been there, done that.

It all depends on your spreader setting, and of course, you could cross over with both types of spreaders.
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Old 04-27-2007, 01:58 PM   #13
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I'm going to go check out both tomorrow, unfortunately I think the Agrifab might be a bit too pricey right now. I will see the difference in person though. Thanks again.

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