Gardens

How to Build Your Own Seed Spreader

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If you have a large yard buying a grass seed spreader can be expensive when you are not going to use it that often. Making your own is easy and inexpensive. Here are two ways to make your own spreader. 

Materials Needed (Handheld Spreader):

  • Jug with lid
  • Medium sized nail
  • Hammer
  • Work gloves
  • Safety glasses

Step 1:

Get all of your materials together. Remember to be safe!

  • Wear gloves and safety glasses to protect your fingers and eyes.
  • Punch several holes in the bottom of the jug. The holes need to cover the entire bottom area without breaking into other holes. 
  • Fill the container with grass seed and seal tightly.  

Step 2:

If you are spreading by hand you will need to shake the jug to cover the area you wish.  You can also attach your jug to the back of a lawnmower and spread your seed using the vibration of the mower.

Materials Needed (Large Spreader):

  • Old wagon or wheelbarrow
  • Drill
  • Work gloves
  • Safety glasses

Step 1:

If you don't own one, you can find old wagons or wheelbarrows second hand.

  • Use a strong, slim drill bit that will make holes that won't allow the seed to spill out too fast.
  • Don't turn the wheelbarrow or wagon upside down in order to drill the holes; this is a mistake because it will leave a ledge that the seed needs to get over in order to fall from the holes.
  • Drill holes covering the entire lowest point of the wagon or wheelbarrow without turning two holes into one.  

Step 2:

If you chose a wagon, you will get the added benefit of turning it into a tailgate spreader.  You can attach it to the back of your riding lawnmower and kill two birds with one stone.  The wagon is also easier to maneuver. 

If you chose the wheelbarrow, you might still be able to use it as a tailgate if your lawnmower is wide enough to attach both handles and tall enough to bring the feet off of the ground.

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