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Fertilizer Spreaders

Dry fertilizers can be applied with either a drop or a rotary spreader. A drop spreader creates a tight pattern, but you must be careful that each pass meets exactly with the previous one to avoid gaps. The rotary spreader usually has a wider pattern of distribution, can cover a larger area in a short time, and there's less chance of missed areas. But it's harder to calibrate and can scatter granules where they shouldn't be, like on hard surfaces like sidewalks or in bodies of water.

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