Lawn fertilizer spreaders will come in three distinct varieties: a push spreader, a pull spreader, and a handheld spreader. A handheld lawn fertilizer spreader is very small and is meant for smaller patches of lawn, while both push and pull spreaders are meant for bigger jobs. When choosing a lawn fertilizer spreader, be sure to consider how large your lawn is, how often you will be using the spreader, and whether you value low cost over convenience, or vice versa. A pull spreader is used as an attachment for a riding lawn mower, tractor, or ATV, so if you are fertilizing by hand, consider a handheld or a push spreader.
A push lawn fertilizer spreader features a large bucket in which the fertilizer can be poured for spreading. The bucket is mounted to wheels, and a handle or handles are attached to the bucket as well to allow the user to push the spreader along. When choosing a push lawn fertilizer spreader, be sure to choose one with a lever mounted on the handle that opens and closes the hatch beneath the bucket. This will allow you to control the flow of fertilizer to the spreader mechanism beneath the bucket. Some levers are mounted low on the bucket or low on the handles, and while these work just fine, they are less efficient and less convenient.
If you own a tractor, riding lawnmower, or ATV, a pull lawn fertilizer spreader may be the best option. These tend to be bigger than other options, and instead of a push handle, they feature a hitch mechanism that will connect the spreader to the back of the tractor or ATV. This type of spreader can be mounted to the back of the mower and may be raised off the ground, eliminating the need for wheels, or it may feature wheels and tow behind the mower. Either way, the mechanism will need to be operated by hand to allow for a flow of fertilizer. Choose one that is made from durable materials and one that is easy to mount and operate.
Even larger spreaders for extremely large lawns, such as golf courses or other open spaces, are individual units that are motor-driven. These feature larger tires, a larger bucket, and a larger spreading path to accommodate large, open spaces. Such spreaders are very expensive and will take some knowledge and practice to operate properly; it is the best choice for professional and commercial use.