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Ok well iv you have seen any of my other reviews you may have read that i had alot of problems with my lawn, hence why i had to purchase an aerator which i have done a review on since.
Anyway i wanted to try something different and thought that as im located on a hillside where the soil isnt of a particuarly good quality, that by treated the lawn every now and then with fertilizer i might get better results. So i went down to a local garden centre and asked about for some beginners steps, the very friendly salesman pointed out some fertiliser suitable for the lawn and a spreader to load the fertiliser into for easier distribution across the lawn. He said that this one was one of the better models and with this i got it and took it home.
The weekend after it was time for its first run over the lawn. Its hard not to notice how ugly it is to start with resembling a washing up bucket with bright yellow wheels. I loaded the fertiliser onto the tray which distributes the fertiliser to the lawn surface. I didnt put a particuarly great amount in as my garden is not that huge but straight away the plastic seemed to concave under pressure from the fertiliser. This is when i noticed that the spreader i got may have not been up for the challenge. Its exterior is incredibly weak, and despite having a dislike to plastic to start with this product under fuels this, It really isnt a good product. Because of its cheap lighweight frame there also isnt a lot of stability and with every bobble in the surface that i pushed the spreader over the machine jolted an exceptional amount and this caused the flow of fertiliser to come out at a much faster rate leaving patches of grass with more fertiliser on than perhaps others. But the problem of flow rate was an issue throughout and even on a flat surfact the rate of fertiliser seemed to increase and decrease. This leaves me to believe that the products tray and distribution mechanism are at fault here.
It really makes me wonder how a product as dire as this could find its way into an honest garden centre and have customers part cash for something so useless. In fact i could go as far as saying that i would have created a more even distribution over the lawn if i were to do it myself!.
The product doesnt really have any posetive aspects but i guess the height of the unit is right and the distribution width does seem ok at a claimed 45cm which is more like 30-35cm. The handle also feels awkward to pull along and reminds you of its poor design, bottom up.
I have tried to be as posetive as i can, but the only nice thing that came out of this was getting my £20 back at the shop and finding another spreader which now does the job just fine.
Other sites that review this product have a raft of reviews that slate it. So this review is my own experience backed up by the fact that I am in no way the ony one who has found the weaknesses of this lawn spreader.
This seems ideal for the job, a value lawn spreader that wont cost too much for a job that is only carried out now and again.
It's stocked by every outlet you might look for an item like this, all the sheds have it. Surely they couldn't make a huge buying error.
Well everyone has been duped by this item.
When it is loaded with, in my case fertilizer, the spreading is very uneven and the tray underneath, that controls the flow, fell out and the full load of fertilizer was dispensed in one big pile.
This then damages the lawn as its very hard to remove all of the overdose of fertilizer and the lawn gets scorched by it and dies.
They could have made this very right but they have made it very wrong. The plastic tray flexes under the weight of the fertilizer and comes out of its mounts. Doh and double Doh.
Easy application of lawn products. 45cm Spreading width / Easy and even application / On/off device