Milorganite® Lawn Spreader Settings

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What Lawn Spreader Settings Do I Use for Milorganite?

First, select the right spreader for your yard—drop or broadcast.  

Fertilize with Milorganite four (4) times per year for more information on rates and schedule

If your spreader model is not listed here, please go to how to calibrate a spreader for instructions (six easy steps) to ensure Milorganite is applied at the proper rate. As always, you have the peace of mind that comes with knowing Milorganite won't burn.

See below for application tips and step-by-step instructions on fertilizing your lawn.

Calibrate Spreader

Spreader Settings: Rotary Spreaders
Rotary SpreaderEstablished LawnNew Lawn
ACE Green Turf Delux1919 (2 passes)
Agway1919 (2 passes)
Earthway EV-N-Spred (most models)1919 (2 passes)
Earthway 2050P17.517.5 (2 passes)
Fertilome1919 (2 passes)
Green Thumb1919 (2 passes)
Lawn Crafter (Quaker)55 (2 passes)
Precision99 (2 passes)
Red Devil1717 (2 passes)
Republic EZ1414 (2 passes)
Republic EZ Grow11 ( 2 passes)11 (4 passes)
Scotts Basic, EdgeGuard (Pro, Mini), Lawn Pro & Standard11.511.5 (2 passes)
Scotts Delux Edge Control & Speedy Green series11.511.5 (2 passes)
Scotts Edgemaster10.510.5
Scotts Easy Green2929 (2 passes)
Southern States1919 (2 passes)

Rotary Lawn Spreader Setting for Milorganite

2 passes = Divide your application in half and go over the same area twice, for a more uniform application.

Tip: When using a broadcast (rotary) spreader divide the spreader setting in half and apply in two directions (north to south and then east to west) to get more even coverage.

Note: Spreader settings are to be used as a guide and will vary according to the rate you walk and the mechanical condition of the spreader. For best results, calibrate your spreader.

For information regarding spreader settings for Milorganite Professional 50 lb bag, visit our Professional Homeowner Settings page.

Spreader Settings: Drop Spreaders
Drop SpreaderEstablished LawnNew Lawn
Lawn Crafter (Quaker)813
Red Devil1112
Republic EZ Grow811
Scotts Accu Green series (1000,2000,3000)1016

Drop Lawn Spreader Setting for Milorganite

Tip: When using a drop spreader overlap the wheel tracks. 

Note: Spreader settings are to be used as a guide and will vary according to the rate you walk and the mechanical condition of the spreader. For best results, calibrate your spreader.

Lawn Fertilization Application Tips:

  • Always use a lawn spreader. NEVER spread the product by hand!
  • Mow your lawn before fertilizing.
  • Close the spreader hopper before adding the product.
  • Fill the hopper on a drive or walkway to avoid over-application, which is particularly important for herbicides and synthetic fertilizers which can burn your lawn.
  • Sweep up any product that falls on hard surfaces to avoid washing into waterways.
  • If you accidentally dump Milorganite on your lawn, gather what you can, then use a stiff broom to spread what remains.
  • Walk at a steady pace. You’re an important part of the distribution rate equation. The slower you walk the more product will be distributed, and less is distributed when you walk faster. That’s one of the reasons application rates can vary.
  • Drop spreaders: overlap wheel marks to ensure even coverage and avoid unfertilized stripes.
  • First, apply a header strip—two overlapping passes—of fertilizer around the perimeter of your lawn for easier turns.
  • Start along the longest edge of your lawn.
  • Close the spreader off when making turns to avoid uneven application.
  • After a turn, start walking before opening the spreader.
  • Apply 50% of the product in one direction and the other 50% in the opposite direction (north to south and east to west) to help ensure even coverage. Do this by reducing your spreader setting by half.
  • Avoid spreading the product on windy days so it stays where you want it.
  • Clean your spreader after each use.
  • Follow manufacturers’ guidelines for lubricating, cleaning, and storing your spreader.


Spreader Settings: Guidelines
General GuidelinesApplication
Established Lawn2,500 sq ft per 32 lb bag
New Lawn1,250 sq ft per 32 lb bag
Weight Conversion3 cups Milorganite = 1 pound

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