What type of spreader is everyone using on the meals??

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Livinglarge, Oct 18, 2004.

  1. Livinglarge

    Livinglarge LawnSite Member
    from KC, MO
    Posts: 21

    I have a wonderfull (not) speedygreen 3000 that has trouble spreading the volumes that I am applying. I really need to invest in spreader that works better for the organics or I will end up building my own.
     
  2. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    You may want to look into a Lesco unit!
     
  3. AthensAndy

    AthensAndy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    anyone else? Is everyone using a Lesco?
     
  4. SystemXpert

    SystemXpert LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    I have almost the same exact question. I'm getting ready to apply some some horticulutral cornmeal. I own a Lesco Spreader and wonder if the holes are big enough.

    In comparison to my old spreader, the holes open up on my Lesco Spreader to almost 1" in diameter. My old spreader the holes were small maybe 1/4" in diameter.

    Anyone tried spreading meals with Lesco?

    I'm going to try it tomorrow after I pick up the meal from the mill.

    SystemXpert
     
  5. SystemXpert

    SystemXpert LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    Hi Guys,

    Well just in case anyone is interested. I tried spreading 40lbs of plain corn meal over a 2000sqft section of my own yard today. I used the Lesco spreader, but it did not work on my 1st attempt. So I tried mixing the corn meal with 40lbs of Gypsum. (Something I had planned on putting down anyway). It kind made a dry slurry and with the holes all the way open it worked! I did have to tap the spreader handle sometimes to keep the flow coming, but all in all it worked great!

    Now, I only plan on putting down corn meal 3 times a year as a fungus preventer, so mixing in 50% gypsum would be fine for me. I had planned on putting down Gypsum in two heavier separate apps. Instead I'll split them up into 3 apps and do it with the cornmeal.

    I hope this info helps.

    SystemXpert
     
  6. Hamons

    Hamons LawnSite Senior Member
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    What were the rates you figured you were putting down witht hat solution?
     
  7. Livinglarge

    Livinglarge LawnSite Member
    from KC, MO
    Posts: 21

    I was hoping that the Lesco would work better for the organics. I might have to buy a spreader and cut an extra hole.
     
  8. SystemXpert

    SystemXpert LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    Rates? Well, I had planned on putting down Corn Meal at 20lbs /1000ft and Gypsum at the same rate of 20lbs /1000ft. So I guess mixing both together 50/50 would be the same rate if all the material was spread out over 2000sqft of grass. Is my logic messed up?

    I honestly don't know what the rate would truly be coming from the spreader. In this case I happen to know the area (section of my own yard) so I can get away with just evenly a certain amount of material over a specific area.

    What do you mean by Organics? If your talking about standard products like Espoma, Milorganite, and Sustane, the Lesco Spreader works great. If you talking about feed-like meals (corn meal, alfalfa etc) then you might need to mix something in to act as a slurry. (Sand, Gypsum, etc). Don't even try to spread Peat Moss or Compost with a Lesco Spreader, your better off with a shovel and wheelbarrow.

    SystemXpert






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  9. Hamons

    Hamons LawnSite Senior Member
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    One pass -- wide open -- no idea what the rate was?
     
  10. SystemXpert

    SystemXpert LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    Hamons, No, don't know the exact rate. I did cover the area in 1 pass with a little overlapping. I had maybe a cup or so of material left which i sprinkled by hand over some of the tight corners that might have been missed.

    Interesting bonus. The powdery nature of the cornmeal left a distinct pattern over the area the spreader had covered. This disappeared after I watered it in.

    SystemXpert
     

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