We’ve all fancied ourselves as having a bit of a dab hand with gardening and lawn spreaders are there to ensure that we don’t ruin the garden before we’ve even started. They’re an excellent piece of kit that just require manual labour, so you don’t need to worry about electricity or gas – just your legs to help walk the spreader around.

If you love gardening and want something that’s going to speed up the process for you (as we know it can get a bit tedious sometimes) then a lawn spreader is the way forward.

It gives you more time for the nice touches, such as adding the best bird table or even adding a hammock stand in your garden and attracting wildlife can do a lot to make your it feel loved.

Alternatively, you may want to keep wildlife out your garden or the pond with bird netting.

Below, we review the 10 best lawn spreaders. We’ve also included a buyer consideration at the bottom as well as an FAQ to answer any burning questions you may have.

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Scott’s EasyGreen Rotary spreader

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An easy-to-use spreader for applying fertilizer, lawn treatment or grass seed. Scott’s EasyGreen Rotary spreader is ideal for the occasional hobbyist or enthusiastic gardeners. It eases the labour-intensive side of the job and speeds up your output. You can also treat large lawns or gardens with this spreader ensuring that the job gets done in sufficient time. The brilliantly adjustable applicator comes with the widest possible spread that domestic spreaders are permitted to use, meaning large lawns can be fed quickly and easily. 

It is easy to assemble and comes almost ready to use. Simply fill up the steel-framed tank, adjust the rate you want and simply start moving along with it. The spreading width is between 122 cm – 340 cm, allowing a wide yet even distribution. It’s width also makes it sufficient for larger lawns, allowing you to move quickly and get the job done sooner. The square shape also helps it store more of the seed or fertilizer efficiently.

 

Key Features:

Large tank and tires

Variable setting for lawn food or grass seed

Retractable ergonomic handle for comfort and ease of use

Specification:

Brand

EverGreen

Dimensions

60 x 33 x 29 cm

Capacity

20 kg

Spreading width

122 - 340cm

Pros

Easy to assemble

Wide spreading width allows quicker job

Huge 20 kg capacity

Cons

Square shape makes the tank difficult to clean

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EverGreen Easy Spreader Plus

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Great for both professional and simple home gardening, the EverGreen Easy Spreader Plus is a drop spreader designed for the easy spread of lawn food and grass seed, it gives a neat and even application of seed and lawn food.

The disperser comes with adjustable settings and a sophisticated mechanism to ensure the correct application rate, preventing anything from coming out the sides. Although advertised for EverGreen products alone, any other lawn food product or fertilizer can be used with it. 

The spreader is easy to assemble and is far more easier to store away after use. You may even get away with keeping it in a garden storage bench if the capacity allows it. The shape of the lawn spreader is designed such that you can clean easily empty the lawn food out of the tank when you’re finished spreading and the on/off switch ensures safe turn round. 

Key Features:

Large tank and tires

Variable settings with a sophisticated dispenser

Adjustable lever

Retractable handle

Specification:

Brand

EverGreen

Dimensions

24 x 30 x 62 cm

Capacity

499 g

Spreading width

53 cm

Pros

Adjustable settings for ultimate precision

Adjustable lever allows comfort

Easy to assemble

Cons

Lever can be a little non-durable

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Westland Lawn Drop Spreader

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Westland’s Lawn Drop Spreader is their answer to the EverGreen lawn spreader with this durable, simple to use and a non-intimidating spreader for all types of gardeners. It is an ideal, no frills spreader for gardens of all sizes.

This push along spreader effortlessly moves through the lawn, bringing the fun back to gardening at an exceptionally competitive price. It also comes with an adjustable lever, ensuring ultimate comfort, as well as a collaboration setting for all different types of spreading requirements. It’s known for its’ spreading accuracy and simple push and go application.

While it is recommended for use with Westland’s manufactured fertilizer, other fertilizer brands can be used. Dispensing of products is done with incredible ease and calibration is simple. Assembly is also easily done with a few handy tools, typically found around the home, and no technical knowledge is required for set up – great for beginners!

Key Features:

Large tank and tires

Collaboration settings for spreading

On/off switch

Specification:

Brand

Westland

Dimensions

24 x 27 x 63 cm

Capacity

20 kg

Pros

East to set up and operate

Lightweight and easy to push

Cons

Design may be unappealing

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Oypla Heavy Duty Grass Seed Spreader

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The real benefit of the Oypla Heavy Duty Grass Seed Spreader is the dual function of this particular model, exciting even the occasional garden hobbyists amongst you. 

The spreader is multi-season, able to spread salt grit on the road during the winter just as it spreads grass seed, lawn food and fertilizer on your lawn. 

The robust plastic and steel used to build the spreader has ensured that the product is (and “feels”) heavy-duty. With it, a relatively large 35kg Capacity Hopper holds a large amount of lawn food. The unique 360-degree spreading function, an adjustable lever and a 6-8 metre spreading distance make this one of our favourite lawn spreaders.

Additionally the spreader is simple to use, easy to assemble and store. The salt spreading can have some challenges with it, but as a seed disperser, it works without trouble. The only caveat of this design is that square bucket design spreaders can be difficult to empty.

Key Features:

360-degree spreading function

Retractable handle

Huge 35 kg capacity

Specification:

Brand

Oypla

Dimensions

54 x 48.5 x 48.5 cm

Capacity

35 kg

Spreading width

6-8 m

Pros

Keep spreading as you turn with 360-degree spreading

Wide spreading distance

Cons

Square shape uneasy to clean

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Einhall GC-SR Lawn Spreader

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Built for the even dispersal of fertilizers, seeds or winter sprinkles, the Einhall GC-SR Lawn Spreader is a strong and robust aid that saves both time and effort. 

The bucket comes with a double push bar for safety and comfort during use. The handle can be folded into two for proper space-saving storage and the body is made from high-quality, plastic and steel. 

This Einhell spreader has a corrosion-resistant, weather-resistant roller and the amount of dispersal can be regulated as required using a control lever.

The build is very sturdy compared to others, the accuracy of the distributor grating is precise and it is very easy to clean and control. It ensures precision, in spite of it not coming with a wire activator.

The spreader GC-SR 12 is a robust, practical spreader. The grit container holds 12 litres of scatter or seed and offers a spread width of 45 centimeters.

Key Features:

Reasonably sized tank

Spreading amount can be adjusted

Foldable handle

Specification:

Brand

Einhell

Dimensions

53.5 x 21 x 24 cm

Capacity

12 L

Spreading width

45 cm

Pros

Precision spreading

Dispersal can be regulated

Comfort during use

Cons

Adjustable settings have to be manually done

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Deuba Lawn Spreader

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The Deuba Lawn Spreader is a rotary garden spreader which has a 12L capacity and large wheels, making it easy to glide across any surface type. It’s simple to put together and can be used to either spread seeds in your garden to bulk out your grass, or it can be used to spread weed killer on an area which needs treatment immediately. It’s a robust and easy to store piece of kit which does exactly what it says on the tin.

Key Features:

Large wheels for easy access

Variable settings

Simple assembly

Specification:

Brand

Deuba

Capacity

12 L

Colour

Green

Material

Metal/plastic

Pros

Robust materials - this is a piece of kit that will last for a long time

Large wheels make it easy to manoeuvre

Cons

12L may not be big enough for some

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Scotts EvenGreen Drop spreader

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The Scotts EvenGreen Drop spreader is a a robust and sturdy lawn spreader which is perfect to sow grass seeds, distribute weed killer as well as other seeds into your outdoor space. The handle bar is adjustable (great if you are shorter or taller and want the ability to customise) and has an on/off switch so you aren’t wasting anything.

Key Features:

Adjustable handle bar

On/off switch

Large wheels for easy access

Specification:

Brand

EverGreen

Weight

6 Kg

Colour

Green

Pros

Simple to assemble, even if you hate DIY

On/off switch is ideal so you don't waste any product

Cons

Must maintain otherwise it will corrode

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Scotts Seed and Fertiliser Drop Spreader

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The Scotts Seed and Fertiliser Drop Spreader is a sturdy and reliable lawn spreader which comes with multiple settings to adjust to your own personal preference. It has a 45cm spread width and can hold up to 15kg of fertiliser, ideal if you have a smaller garden and need accurate application. It’s easy to assemble and overall a handy piece of kit.

Key Features:

Easy to assemble

45cm spread width

Up to 15kg capacity

Adjustable settings

Specification:

Brand

Scotts

Capacity

15 kg

Spread width

45 cm

Pros

Easy to assemble, perfect for those who don't like DIY

Spread width is great for smaller gardens or specific areas

Cons

Need to maintain to prevent rust

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Gardebruk Rotary Spreader

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The Gardebruk Rotary Spreader is a versatile spreader with large, thick wheels making the movement a lot easier across any surface. It can be used not only for seeds but for grit, sand and salt – excellent for all year around. It’s a robust and sturdy design and takes moments to assemble. A handy piece of kit which you can benefit from at a cheap price.

Key Features:

Adjustable handle

Sturdy, robust design

Ability to spread seeds, sand, salt and grit

Specification:

Brand

Gardebruk

Capacity

24 kg

Spread width

60 cm

Pros

Multi-purpose and can be used all year round

Easy to assemble and store in a garage

Cons

Requires maintenance

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TecTake Broadcast spreader

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The TecTake Broadcast spreader is a large lawn spreader with a generous capacity. It’s simple to assemble and works on a simple system which you can adjust to ensure that no product is wasted when distributing. It’s easy to store and requires a little maintenance after use to reduce the risk of rust or corrosion. Overall a handy lawn spreader which does what it says on the tin.

Key Features:

Easy to assemble

Adjustable to distribute product

Large capacity of 25L

Specification:

Brand

TecTake

Dimensions

L 75cm x W 46cm x H 105 cm

Material

Metal

Capacity

25 L

Pros

Robust and sturdy lawn spreader which can work with seeds as well as sand and salt/grit

Cons

Requires maintenance, a quick wash and wipe down after each use

Summary

If you’re having issues with weed or moss in your garden or your conservatory, then check out our guides on the best weed killer and best moss killer here.

Seeing as there is no way for us to ensure that we’re spreading fertilizer and grass seed evenly by hand, a robust lawn spreader is there to take away as much of that headache as is feasibly possible. Usually used for lawns, they can also be used for large flower beds and nurseries as well. Though to ensure nothing grows out of check, it is worth keeping a portable weed killer to hand and keeping an eye on what pops out the ground every week or so.

We’ve listed a few things to consider as well as an FAQ

Other tools

When not properly dispersed, fertilisers can burn the plant and create an irregular, bumpy piece of land that becomes an eyesore. Some fertilizers can also burn the hand so special care is needed when handling them. Lawn spreaders help avoid that, as well as the obvious time saving that they provide. Make sure that you purchase gloves and move any other garden furniture or ornaments out of the way, particularly cascading water features,  a bird table you may own or a hammock stand which can be prone to burning.

Size

An important factor when considering which spreader to go with is the width of the piece of land in which you intend to use it. It’s also worth considering whether you’d need a garden storage bench to keep it in or whether a shed is required. We’d also recommend finding the best retractable washing line for your garden and using this instead of an in-ground model.

Versatility

Some lawn spreaders have the option to not just disperse fertilizer, but also grit and salt in colder months. If you’re someone who loves versatile tools/furniture (we’re talking to you, garden storage bench owners) then you’ll want to factor this into your decision.

FAQ

How does a lawn spreader work?

A lawn spreader works by evenly distributing a product such as salt, grit, sand or fertilizer, and in some cases, seeds too. It has a mechanism that evenly ‘spits’ out the product, which saves you handling it yourself. It’s a time saving product but does require manual labour.

What size width lawn spreader should I get?

It depends on the size of your garden and what you plan to use it for. If you want a multi-use, industrial lawn spreader then go for the highest amount. We also recommend going for one which is adjustable so you can customize it depending on the space that you’re in.

What are the key benefits of a lawn spreader?

The main benefit of a lawn spreader is ease. Much like a retractable washing line, it’s a handy piece of kit that doesn’t require any electricity or gas to power it, but it automatically speeds up your process.

Another key benefit is the safety element. Some products that you can use a lawn spreader to distribute can be harmful, such as fertilizer. This removes any unnecessary hazards from occurring (but we do recommend that you buy gloves, too).

What size granule can be used in a lawn spreader?

It completely depends on which lawn spreader you buy, so please check before use. Ideally, the smaller the granule size the better so it doesn’t get clogged up. If you are using salt or grit, you should do it in smaller intervals and break it up with a spare piece of plywood or a shovel before using.