Apply Lawn Fertilizer with a Salt Spreader?

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Who else has a garage filled with huge tools that barely get used? As a homeowner, we need things to take care of our homes. But we also need room to move and not be cluttered!


It's important to buy tools that have double duty. Combo power tools that can do many functions. Or a wheelbarrow that can also function as a snow scraper. Yep, it exists!


Every spring and fall, you might be applying fertilizer to your lawn. In spring, it's probably to kill weeds in the lawn. In fall, it's to supply necessary nutrients for changing weather.


But is it possible to not have to buy a fertilizer spreader? Can you use a salt spreader, instead?


Fertilizer spreaders and salt spreaders are similar, and many salt spreaders are dual-purpose. For example, Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader is a low-cost model that can be used for salt, fertilizer, and seeds.


If your salt spreader doesn’t explicitly state it’s for fertilizer, the chances are it can be adjusted to disperse fertilizer with a few simple steps. 


First off, you’ll want to make sure your spreader is salt-free, as salt can cause serious damage to your lawn. You should always dispose of the salt in your spreader in an eco-friendly way, either by transporting it a sealable plastic container to a nearby waste management facility or by storing and repurposing the rock salt for next season. 


Here's more tips on how to use a salt spreader for fertilizer. I love how it saves you money and space in your tool shed!

Comments (2)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well I am not the best Gardner in town, hence I need to talk to my Gardners about your post, thank you for sharing, Endre

Sep 14, 2020 10:14 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Always good to have multiple use tools. Just make sure after spreading salt, to rinse it well and clean off any salt residue before using as a fertilizer spreader or else you may have dead spots. 

Sep 15, 2020 06:31 AM