If you are a farmer or just tend to your lawn, you have to take its care on a daily basis. You have to put effort to keep your plants or crops not only alive but also well and healthy. But, sometimes, due to climate change or difference in soil pH. (acidity) can affect the growth of plants and crops. In order to retain the youth and strength of plants and crops, fertilizers are distributed to the soil. Fertilizers are the vitamins of plants. They provide essential ingredients and nutrients necessary for their sustainable growth. The key to the best fertilizer results is by applying a balanced amount over the soil evenly. In order to properly achieve that, fertilizer spreaders are used which not only make this quite easy but also very efficient. If you’re looking to buy one, you can choose from a variety of fertilizer spreaders. To choose the best spreader in the market, the best way is to decide by looking over reviews of top fertilizer spreaders. But if you are that guy who goes into detail of what he is buying, we are here to guide you about the things to consider while choosing the best fertilizer spreader.
1. The Area of Lawn or Field
To understand why the area plays a role in buying what fertilizer spreader you want, you need to find out about the types of fertilizer spreaders out there. A handheld spreader, as suggested by its name is a spreader which is held in one hand and spreading the fertilizer using the other. While it’s very easy to use, it can easily tire you up if you have a big lawn. For a big lawn, comes the drop spreader, which allows you to push or tow it and also provides more capacity for the fertilizer. If you have vast fields and a wide range of crops, the drop spreader is going to take a lot of time and effort. In case of very large areas, broadcast spreaders are used, which allow for faster distribution of fertilizers. It has a mechanism which throws and spreads the fertilizer to the sides (an average throw distance is 3 to 4 feet).
2. Build Quality
Choosing the right spreader on the basis of its durability is not that much of a hard job. The most basic types based on the build quality are plastic and steel made. Spreaders made of steel allow for the more even spread of fertilizers over crops, as well as a strong frame to absorb shocks while working on uneven surfaces. But after usage of several months, the paint on many of these spreaders slowly peels off and the exposed structure starts rusting because of the moist soil and corrosion causing effects from many fertilizers. On the other hand, plastic made spreaders, though weaker structures are quite durable and last longer if handled properly. In order to choose a durable steel spreader, pick from those which come with a guarantee of quality paint.
Price is something which usually makes you compromise over quality or requirements. In order to stay under budget, you tend to buy relatively less durable and cheaper products. But, in case of spreaders, this is not usually the case, because the price ranges don’t vary much except for few spreaders. A large size broadcast spreader needs a tractor to tow it, and every farmer already keeps a tractor. So someone who keeps a tractor for his vast fields can also afford a spreader in most cases. In case of lawns, you may have to choose a hand-held instead of a drop because of the price differences. (Tip: if you’re not looking for extreme usage, you should consider a cheap drop spreader as they also can endure for quite a long period if handled properly).
4. Ease of Use
Each product manufacturer tends to create designs which allow for more ease when used by the customer. The best design is always easy to carry, easy to use, and easy to put away. With a product featuring the best design, a user shouldn’t necessarily need a user manual on how to use it. The fertilizer spreaders also come with many innovative designs to suit the customer’s usage. We’re going to describe the best designs for each one of the spreader types. When buying a hand-held, look for a plastic body with a foldable nylon bag (instead of a hopper) as this is very lightweight to carry and compact enough to store anywhere. When looking for a drop spreader for use at home or light usage, buy one with a plastic hopper with adjustable flow gates as it does not corrode and will keep working for long periods. If you want to buy a broadcast spreader for extreme work and wide fields, look for bigger tires and adjustable flow gate from the tractor seat so you won’t have to stop several times to adjust the fertilizer flow.