• In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor explain how to fertilize a lawn.


    1. Use a walk-behind drop spreader to apply materials—seed, fertilizer, or lime—to small- to medium-size lawns.
    2. Check packaging for proper spread rates; adjust drop spreader to recommended setting.
    3. Fill drop spreader halfway up with lime.
    4. Use spreader to put down a strip of lime around perimeter of property.
    5. Apply lime to remainder of lawn, making sure to overlap each pass slightly.
    6. For large yards, use a broadcast spreader to disperse pelletized lime.
    7. At end of job, rinse spreader well with garden hose, then lubricate all moving parts with spray lubricant
    • Difficulty: Moderate to hard
      although you might work up a sweat if your property is very hilly.
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      Tools List

      • Drop Spreader
        Drop spreader
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        Rotary broadcast spreader

      Shopping List

      1. Grass seed

      2. Fertilizer

      3. Lime

      4. Spray lubricant,
      used to lubricate spreader at end of job