Spreader Settings

A man using a spreader to put down organic fertilizer on green, healthy grass.

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 that Milorganite won't burn.

See below for application tips and step by step instructions on how to fertilizer your lawn.

Spreader Settings: Rotary Spreaders
Rotary Spreader Established Lawn New Lawn
ACE Green Turf Delux 19 19 (2 passes)
Agway 19 19 (2 passes)
Earthway EV-N-Spred (most models) 19 19 (2 passes)
Fertilome 19 19 (2 passes)
Green Thumb 19 19 (2 passes)
Lawn Crafter (Quaker) 5 5 (2 passes)
Precision 9 9 (2 passes)
Red Devil 17 17 (2 passes)
Republic EZ 14 14 (2 passes)
Republic EZ Grow 11 ( 2 passes) 11 (4 passes)
Scotts Basic, Delux Edge Control & Speedy Green series 11.5 11.5 (2 passes)
Scotts Easy Green 29 29 (2 passes)
Scotts EdgeGuard (Pro, Mini), Lawn Pro & Standard 11.5 11.5 (2 passes)
Southern States 19 19 (2 passes)

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.

Spreader Settings: Drop Spreaders
Drop Spreader Established Lawn New Lawn
Ames/Earthway 21 21
Lawn Crafter (Quaker) 8 13
Red Devil 11 12
Republic EZ Grow 8 11
Scotts Accu Green series (1000,2000,3000) 10 16

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.

Spreader Settings: Guidelines
General Guidelines Application
Established Lawn 2,500 sq ft per 36 lb bag
New Lawn 1,250 sq ft per 36 lb bag
Weight Conversion 3 cups Milorganite = 1 pound

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.

Application Tips for Fertilizing a Lawn:

  • Always use a lawn spreader. NEVER spread product by hand!
  • Mow your lawn before fertilizing.
  • Close the spreader hopper before adding product.
  • Fill the hopper on a drive or walkway to avoid over application, particularly important for herbicides and synthetic fertilizers which can burn your lawn.
  • Sweep up any product that falls on hard surfaces to avoid it washing into waterways.
  • If you accidentally dump Milorganite on your lawn, gather what you can then use a stiff broom is 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 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 product on windy days so product stays where you want it.
  • Clean your spreader after each use.
  • Follow manufacturers’ guidelines for lubricating, cleaning, and storing your spreader.
This video explains how to calibrate your spreader.