The best way to achieve a more luscious, green lawn or a more bountiful vegetable garden is with a little bit of fertilizer.
Whether you prefer to use granules, liquid fertilizer, or something that the barnyard animals created, you have many options in front of you when it comes to plant nourishment.
Not sure which unit to choose? Our gardening experts are here to make your search for the best fertilizer spreader walk in the park.
Join us as we highlight the top models that they trust and to see their detailed reviews of the top three models.
Top 10 Fertilizer Spreaders Table
Broadcast Spreaders Come in Different Styles
When it comes to dispersing dry fertilizer granules, you have a few different options.
Your best bet is to go with a broadcast spreader – also known as “rotary spreaders” – since the granules are dispersed from a spinner wheel and spread out into your lawn or garden. The amount of fertilizer released can always be regulated, so you don’t have to worry about choosing a model based on the flow quantity.
You can choose from handheld, walk behind, or tow behind models.
- Handheld. You’ll find handheld spreaders that come in various sizes.
Numbers 1 and 2, for example, are larger handheld units that you would use for fertilizing a lawn while number 5 is a smaller spreader that you can also use for seeding and disperse salt on slippery surfaces in the winter months.
You have more control with the handheld units and, since there are no wheels, you don’t have to worry about running over any healthy plants or vegetation. You control where you walk and where you sprinkle the fertilizer.
- Walk Behind. Many homeowners find the classic walk behind models to meet their average lawn care and gardening needs.
These are most useful if you have a medium-sized lawn or area to fertilize and in areas where it is safe for you to roll the spreader over the surface without damaging anything.
- Tow Behind. If you already have a riding lawn mower and you have a large area to fertilize, then the best solution is to purchase a tow behind model so that you can cover more ground in a shorter amount of time.
What About Dispersing Liquid Fertilizers?
The most common types of fertilizers are for granules, but we did include one option on our list for liquid dispensers: Chapin International G362 Hose Sprayer.
A simple unit like this can be attached directly to your hose and allows you to spray your fertilizer on plants or grass.
Top 3 Best Fertilizer Spreader Reviews
One of the nice things about this handy spreader from Solo is that you can use it to fertilize your lawn and garden in the warm months and then use it to spread deicer in the winter months. Many homeowners appreciate a versatile object in the tool shed, which is why we consider this to be one of the best fertilizer spreaders on the list.
The hopper – which is the tank where the fertilizer is added – can accommodate up to 20 pounds of fertilizer granules and has a crank that you turn when you’re ready to spread.
What we liked about this unit is the fact that you can sling it over one shoulder as you walk, which helps disperse the weight load and makes it easier for you to finish lengthy fertilizer run without stopping for a break.
You’ll see on that just above the dispenser, there is a little lever that allows you to dictate which direction the fertilizer shoots out of, and of course, you can choose how much fertilizer it dispenses.
A few things we have to say about this to the potential buyer – this spreader requires a bit of physical strength since you’ll be carrying it on your shoulder, and for some, we know that lugging around 20 pounds of product isn’t possible.
We also wouldn’t recommend this type of unit for large medium or large lawns simply because a push model would allow you to disperse granules more accurately.
Overall, we found it to be most useful for small lawns, flower beds, shrubs, and other small areas that you want to fertilize. Remember that it also works great as a salt dispenser in the winter!
If you needed something a little bit more lightweight than the Solo, try Scotts’ Wizz Spreader that can handle up to 2,500 square feet of lawn areas.
We liked how this spreader (compared to the Solo) doesn’t have a crank that you have to turn – it is battery-powered!
As Scotts reminds you, this unit is not only good for spreading fertilizer, but also for spreading seed, weed and feed, as well as a deicer in the cold weather.
When you turn it on, you will be surprised at how accurately it spreads the fertilizer, and you will love how lightweight it is. Of course, it can’t handle as much fertilizer as the previous product, but if you didn’t want to lug around a 20-pound unit, this is a great compromise.
We were surprised to see how affordable it was compared to some of the other manual units, and while it may not be the best solution for every homeowner, those with a smaller area to fertilize will appreciate its convenience and affordable price tag.
Our favorite walk behind model was from Earthway, beating out Scotts’ Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Broadcast Spreader simply because of the quality difference. Sure, the latter is more affordable, but for serious fertilizing, it is worth it to invest in a serious spreader.
The capacity of the hopper on this bad boy is double the Solo – it can accommodate a whopping 50 pounds of fertilizer granules, and all you have to do is push it. You don’t have to carry it or sling over the shoulder like the Solo.
The tires make it seem more like a mini go kart with their 13-inch circumference and thick tread pattern.
What we noticed: if you get a quality unit and everything assembles perfectly, you won’t be disappointed.
Some products, on the other hand, seem to be a bit out of line when you put them together, which is frustrating as a consumer since it takes longer to assemble. Earthway seems to have a few bad apples in the production process, but that wouldn’t deter us from buying one. Returns and exchanges are simple!
Overall regarding performance and quality, we still wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it as one of the best fertilizer spreader models on our list!