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Top Three Lawn Feed Application Tools and how they Work

Your lawn looks awesome when lush green and healthy. Incredibly healthy lawns are however taken care of appropriately. To take care of your lawn you need the right tools. The tools/ equipments for the lawn are many. Nonetheless, every tool has a specific job that it performs. Here are some of the best lawn feeding tools, what they are used for, and how they usually work.

Hose-End Sprayers

Hose-End Sprayers are used during the lawn’s chow/ feeding time. Most of the Hose-End Sprayers are water-pressure-operated. They are ideal for mixing chemicals. Hose End Sprayers come with adjustable tip alters stream. Hose-end sprayers are the best choice for any liquid applications. You can use it for liquid garden products.

How it Works

A hose-end sprayer siphons out products from a bottle and in turn mixes the product with water to allow easy spraying. Hose-end sprayers are not to be used with powders or granules. On turning on your sprayer, the water will pass through the spray head and shoots out the other end. The water creates suction that siphons your liquid product up the tube to the spray’s head. At the head it mixes with the hose water and then it gets sprayed out.

Most hose-end sprayers come with a knob or button that you can use to close off the hole on the siphon tube to regulate the water you need to spray only as desired.The size of the hole below the head of the spray determines how many ounces of liquid product should be siphoned up in each gallon of water sprayed.


Many people will use 20 gallon hose-end sprayer for most lawn jobs. A 6 gallon model is ideal for bug control while a 10 gallon version for the weed applicators. However, with these sprayers, your solutions should be mixed in a quart jar that’s able to attach to the sprayer head. The sprayer head should in turn attach to your garden hose.

In order to use the sprayer head appropriately, it is always important to check the directions for the sprayer and the fertilizer on the container. This will prevent mistakes and ensure that you apply it at the correct rate.

Safety Precautions

  • Cleaning your sprayer thoroughly after use
  • Store while dry
  • Keep of the reach of children

Broadcast and Drop Spreaders

Broadcast and Drop spreaders are used to apply dry fertilizer, lime, sulfur, herbicides, and pelletized or granular lawn products. Unlike Hose-End Sprayers they don’t work with liquid applications.

Both broadcast spreaders and drop spreaders have adjustable settings that match the application rates that you need to work with, especially found on the back of every fertilizer bag. Here is what you should know about every one of them.

Broadcast Spreader

Broadcast spreaders are further classified in various categories. Some broadcast spreaders are handheld while the others are wheeled. These types if spreaders are also known as rotary spreaders. They are easy to operate. This type of broadcast spreader features a bucketlike container on top. At the bottom or underneath, it features a spinning wheel.

How it Works

This type of broadcast spreader works by spitting out the granules or pellets of the fertilizer or lime over a wide area of your lawn using a whirling wheel. Because of this, this type of spreader is always very good for large lawns.  It can spread the granules in up to a 6-foot-wide swath in a single pass. This makes the work on large lawns really easy when it comes to applying lawn feed or fertilizing the lawn.

However, one thing to keep in mind while using the broadcast spreader is; the need to pay attention to its width so you will understand how close the spaces between your passes should be. Remember a broadcast spreader is fast, however it is not as accurate as the drop spreader.

Drop Spreader

Like the name implies; a Drop Spreaderdrops granules and pallets of the fertilizer or lime from the small, adjustable holes situated at the bottom of its bin. This makes it more accurate than the broadcast or rotary spreader.

How It Works

When using this type of spreader, the fertilizer granules will shift out from the bottom of the drop spreader in a neat and orderly fashion. However, because ofhigh accuracy, it’s a better bet for herbicide applications. This is because it is easy to control and keep away from the trees, shrubs, and vegetable gardens.

Drop spreaders are also called the gravity drop spreaders. They will also work with ground limestone.

Best For This

Drop spreaders are best for medium and small lawns. This is because they will cover about a 2-foot swath. However, if you require a successful spread you need to focus on overlapping your passes just out enough so that no strips of the lawn are left underfed.

To overlap you need to overlap the wheel tracks. This assures you of applying fertilizer on the entire lawn.


  • Broadcast/ Drop spreaders should be stored away from children reach.
  • They should be cleaned after use.
  • They should be used with safety gears on.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Lawn Feed Tool

Lawn feeding tools need to be chosen according to various factors. Some of the most vivid factors will include the following.

  • The size of your lawn
  • The price of the tool
  • The ease of use of the tool
  • The type of application needed
  • The cost of care and maintenance


Broadcast spreaders will work best on calm, windless days. Under such conditions, they will keep the spread even and prevent so much wastage. It is therefore very important to hold off fertilizing, application of lime, and any other palletized food for your lawn on those days when the weather feels like walking down the Windy City.


Choosing your tools in the best way allows you to get the most out of these tools. Indeed it allows you to ensure that your tools serve every single lawn need that you have. Therefore choose the right tool.