fert. bag spills on lawn.how do you clean it up?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ant, Jun 10, 2002.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    it happens to all of us from time to time.
    if it bad (2+ lbs. or so)i scoop it up and blow down the lawn. if it's in a large area i cut out the lawn like a sod piece and shake it out in the bed of my truck like you would a rug.
    why am i bring this topic up you ask?
    how do you guys do it?
  2. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    I always use the showercap.

    OK I sometimes use the showercap.

    I use it when I really fill the hopper and I havent had an accident since.

    Put 900# down today in 86 degree heat and neat 90%humidity. I had the cap on even the small loads at the end because I thought I was gonna tip over too.
  3. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    First, never fill your spreader on a lawn, do it on pavement just as you do your equipment. Do as you describe and scoop as much as possible up. If you have a vac use it to get the rest up.
  4. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,714

    I always fill spreaders on pavement so as to avoid that problem. However, I have had a few spills when the spreader turned over or broke. When this happens, I scoop up all I can, then use a backpack blower to blow the heck out of the spill area and scatter what is left. It has worked well for me. Worst spill was this spring when hitch broke on pull-behind spreader and dumped 250lbs. of fert. on a lawn. Of course it was right out in the front of a commercial business instead of out in the back.:(
  5. Ditto

    And a shower cap.

    Ever since no spills.
  6. anthony

    anthony Guest
    Messages: 0

    thanks for your replys....
    shower cap a must.......
    what happened was the open bag slipped out of my hands....
    filling on the walkways for now on...
  7. tremor

    tremor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    I once had success saving a small granular spill by digging up the sod then shaking it upside down over the driveway. Then I swept up the fert & replaced the sod. But it was a small area.

    Forget blowers. They just spread the damage around.

    The best results I ever got were with a customer provided shop vac. But who's got room for that on the truck? Maybe something like a small "Dirt Devil" could be safely stowed on the truck, but you'd still need access to 115VAC or a generator. I have a voltage inverter for my Laptop, but it wouldn't run a vacuum. A bigger (more expensive) model can be purchased though. Those cheasy 12 Volt units are pathetic & won't have the power to lift up the prills from a dense lawn.

  8. morturf

    morturf LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 476

    After picking up as much as you can by hand, I have had success with taking a handheld blower and turning it on its side then sucking as much as possible thru the suction side and letting the fertilizer scatter out the blowhole in all directions. After you have done this then blow at it for the last little bit. This works very well, much better than just blowing it. I have never left a spot when doing it like this.

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