There are two main spreaders the drop and rotary: the drop spreader releases the seed straight into the target surface. While the rotary spreader drops the products into a spinning unit that distributes to the surface.

Both drop and rotary spreader have their advantages and disadvantage. It is important to know which option best suit your lawn since it plays a vital role in how your seeds are spread.

Is the Rotary Spreader Right For You?

For most home application a rotary requires less accuracy on your part, and it can spread ten times the width of a drop spreader. This means fewer skip, however, it can distribute seeds to flower beds or non-targeted areas.

Depending on your spreader, you can shield the parts where you don’t want your seed to go. There are also some ways to retro-fit a shield to protect non-targeted areas.

Furthermore, the wind can affect how your seeds are spread. I suggest not to do this on windy days with your rotary spreader. The Scotts Easy Green is the spreader I use at home since it has adjustable handles for comfort and it has a spreading width 122-340 cm.

Or The Drop Spreader?

If you want a better control spreader, then the drop is your best bet because in larger areas a drop is a bit tricky. With some drop spreader being the width of 18″ spreading the seeds in an entire lawn is very time-consuming.

The wind will not affect your distribution as the drop spreader releases the product very close to the ground. But if you have a large lawn and wants to spread product in precise areas, then you can use both the rotary and drop spreaders.

For precise areas, I use the Scotts Evergreen drop spreader as it gives me an accurate dropping setting.

My Thoughts

Both spreaders should come with adjustable bars with numbers on it. Furthermore, the larger the numbers on the bar, the wider the opening is at the bottom of the spreader will be.

When buying seeds, look for those that show the spreader setting to use. If you are not interested in the calibration of your spreader. These numbers are the starting point for your calibration purposes. As using the numbers on the seeding bag can deliver results that will not always be the same for your targeted areas.