How to Make a Fertilizer & Sand Spreader

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Things You'll Need

  • Large plastic coffee container with lid

  • Power drill

  • Drill bit

  • Large plastic bin with lid

  • Two nylon straps or bungee cords

Skip the pricey power spreaders, and make your own.
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Whether the garden or lawn is a small patch in the yard or a large plot of land, spreading sand, fertilizer or other soil amendments can be an arduous task. Commercially made spreaders can be expensive and unnecessary for infrequent jobs. Instead of spending money on a new spreader or rental unit, make your own using a few household items. For small jobs, create a hand-held spreader. Or attach a larger spreader to the back of the lawn tractor or a wheelbarrow for bigger jobs.

Hand-Held Spreader

Step 1

Clean the plastic coffee container with soapy water. Rinse well.

Step 2

Drill holes on the bottom of the container, spacing the holes approximately 1 inch from each other.

Step 3

Add the fertilizer or sand to the container. Cover the container.

Step 4

Grasp the container at the handle, walk slowly around the area to be fertilized or sprinkled with sand, and shake the contents from the container.

Large Spreader

Step 1

Clean a large plastic bin with soapy water. Rinse well.

Step 2

Drill holes on the bottom of the container, spacing the holes approximately 1 inch from each other.

Step 3

Add the fertilizer or sand to the container. Cover the container with the lid.

Step 4

Strap the container to the back of the lawn tractor or the poles of a wheelbarrow. Many lawn tractors sport a small hitch at the rear; balance the container on the hitch, and tie the container to the tractor.

Tip

Depending on the size of the particles, you may need to drill larger holes to allow the sand through the spreader.

If the sand clogs the holes of the spreader, stir the sand in the container from time to time to break up the clumps.

For thorough coverage of an area, move slowly, and spread the material vigorously. For minimal coverage, move quickly, and spread quickly.

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Rebecca Mecomber

Rebecca Mecomber, a former radio broadcaster, has been a professional blogger and writer since 2006. Her articles and interviews have appeared in "The Wall Street Journal," Salon.com and several other publications, covering topics such as Federal Trade Commission policy and media regulations, blogging, home improvement and New York travel.