Fertilizing in a small area

Dylan's Lawn Care

LawnSite Member
Say you have a spot on the side of a house and it only 5 feet wide or so but the spreader spreads fert around 10 feet, on one side you have flower beds and the other the road. Another example is your doing a yard and the last pass ends up being like a 2 foot strip of grass, you don't want to trow fert 6 feet into the road and you don't want to trow it 6 feet into the lawn and over apply. What do you guys use or do in those situations?

Also do you guys spread at half the rate in two different directions or just correctly overlap with the broadcast spreader?


LawnSite Fanatic
Grand Rapids MI
I never spread two ways.

I like to start near the road, so I don't end up with half-strips. With experience you can adjust your last two strips to come out about right.

You can flip down your edge deflector when near a road or garden. In most cases fert will not hurt a garden. Crabgrass control needs to cover the edge near a road thoroughly, seldom a problem--or never-- in a garden.

Naturally, you should carry a small spreader for narrow strips.

In fact, the new 2012 law in Michigan requires applicators to blow all particles of fert off hard surfaces.


LawnSite Member
pawtucket R I
I use a small seed spreader for small areas. They are about $10 scotts makes one you can buy them at any hardware type store and use any kind of fertilizer and just rinse it out it they are made of plastic.