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The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Drop spreaders

Drop spreaders are the most accurate spreaders for evenly distributed fertilizer. As you pass over the lawn, fertilizer drops straight out of the spreader onto the grass blades. To avoid striping the lawn, be sure that you overlap the wheel marks of each pass.

Illustration of the pattern of fertilizer applied with a drop spreader
Drop spreaders drop fertilizer straight out of the spreader onto the grass blades.

Photo of a drop fertilizer spreader



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