Whether the garden or lawn is a small patch in the yard or a large plot of land, spreading sand, fertilizer or other soil amendments can be an arduous task. Commercially made spreaders can be expensive and unnecessary for infrequent jobs.
Instead of spending money on a new spreader or rental unit, make your own using a few household items. For small jobs, create a hand-held spreader. Or attach a larger spreader to the back of the lawn tractor or a wheelbarrow for bigger jobs. Drill holes on the bottom of the container, spacing the holes approximately 1 inch from each other. Grasp the container at the handle, walk slowly around the area to be fertilized or sprinkled with sand, and shake the contents from the container.
Strap the container to the back of the lawn tractor or the poles of a wheelbarrow. Many lawn tractors sport a small hitch at the rear; balance the container on the hitch, and tie the container to the tractor.
Depending on the size of the particles, you may need to drill larger holes to allow the sand through the spreader. If the sand clogs the holes of the spreader, stir the sand in the container from time to time to break up the clumps. For thorough coverage of an area, move slowly, and spread the material vigorously.
For minimal coverage, move quickly, and spread quickly. Rebecca Mecomber, a former radio broadcaster, has been a professional blogger and writer since Hunker may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story. Things You'll Need Large plastic coffee container with lid Power drill Drill bit Large plastic bin with lid Two nylon straps or bungee cords.
Skip the pricey power spreaders, and make your own. Step 1 Clean the plastic coffee container with soapy water. Rinse well. Step 2 Drill holes on the bottom of the container, spacing the holes approximately 1 inch from each other. Step 3 Add the fertilizer or sand to the container. Cover the container. Step 4 Grasp the container at the handle, walk slowly around the area to be fertilized or sprinkled with sand, and shake the contents from the container.
Step 1 Clean a large plastic bin with soapy water. Cover the container with the lid. Step 4 Strap the container to the back of the lawn tractor or the poles of a wheelbarrow. Tip Depending on the size of the particles, you may need to drill larger holes to allow the sand through the spreader.
Share this article. Rebecca Mecomber. Show Comments.This soil screener features springs and hinges made from old car tires so there is no need for regular steel springs and metal hinges and the major hassle mounting them. The screen actually "floats" on rubber. So far I've screened about tons of material without any major screener problems. The one problem I did have is described in Step 8.
I was lucky enough to find an old galvanized steel work table at a scrap metal yard that I tipped over to form the U shaped chassis needed to get the tractor bucket in to scoop up the sifted soil. The table dimensions weren't ideal see video below but it worked fine after I dug the ground to get enough screen tilt 30 degrees to horizontal.
I load the screener from the "wrong" side as the "right" side is too high. This all works fine and I get a great view of the screening action from the loading side.
Did you use this instructable in your classroom? Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson. I got two pieces for free. Neither piece was large enough to cover the whole frame size needed so I just cut them to fit half of the frame size each. I installed a "super thin" metal cutting wheel and cut away with ease. The size of the screen and screen frame were based on the size of the "chassis" that I bought at the scrap metal yard.
I cut the angle iron on the metal chop saw with an abrasive wheel. No welding used here or anywhere on the screener other than the bought chassis that was already fastened together with welds. Although I set up a tent to do outside work, whenever possible I brought the angle iron inside to drill holes with my drill press.
The tent was eventually blown to pieces in a hurricane so after that I moved the screener inside to do the rest of the work. Cutting through the rubber and embedded steel wires of the tire was easy with the jig saw equipped with a metal cutting blade.
I tried cutting tires with a reciprocating saw and even an angle grinder but the jig saw was by far the best way. The three hinges were cut cross-wise radial direction from the tire and were a "perfect" size for this screener. I mounted all three hinges while the screen frame was propped up clear of the chassis with a couple of 2X4 spacers. These springs, made from old car tires, are what makes this screener unique.
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Steel coil springs are seen most often on other screeners.Our topdressers can be pulled easily, depending on size, by lawn and garden tractors, zero-turn mowers, compact diesel tractors, work carts, ATVs and utility vehicles. We even offer a self-propelled topdresser as well as a small push-type topdresser.
This refers to the capacity of the base machine, and does not include light material sides, which are optional on some models, and not to be used with heavy materials such as sand and soil. These materials are generally stored in bags in a dry area. Examples — dry, bagged materials, kiln-dried sand, crumbed rubber and calcined clay. Spreading on all units of this series is tied to ground speed so that, after the metering gate is set, the output will be the same.
That means a savings of materials due to accurate application rates. It has a 6. The 60SP has three-wheel design and is equipped with a CVT transmission which provides infinite forward and reverse speeds. For example, light materials may not spread as wide imagine spreading feathers and heavier materials like medium-grade sand may be thrown wider.
This is also important for maximum engine life, as most engine manufacturers know that the engine oil availability for piston lubrication will not be sufficient past this angle. The SP is our most efficient topdresser, as it only spreads material up to its own width. That means little clean-up when operating along driveways and walkways. The brush propels materials into the canopy of the grass, rather than throwing it into flower beds, rock gardens and paved areas. The SP will spread wet or dry materials and its brush will break up some lumpy compost and process it down for a nice spread pattern, with no large clumps left on the turf.
The base machine is designed to carry 15 cu. Examples of materials spread would be: sand, topdressing mixes, compost, calcined clay, wood chips, crumbed rubber, grit and de-icing materials. The Model is, like thea two-wheel drive, pull-type unit that uses a wide-spread beater. The base unit is designed to carry 1 cu. Water is a precious resource and the articles being written in trade publications just brush the surface not the Gray Farm Maple, We will be exhibiting in Self Propelled.
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Latest News from the Earth and Turf Blog. Read more. See the Multispread Topdresser in Action. New Topdresser Coming Soon.Adding topsoil to your yard or garden smooths low spots and provides a fertile growing ground in areas with sandy soil. Topsoil is easily spread in small areas using a shovel and over larger areas using a push spreader or wheelbarrow. Applying the correct amount of topsoil to your lawn or garden will improve its fertility and drainage characteristics. Top-dressing your lawn is a simple technique for filling low spots in your lawn over a period of months.
Top-dressing applies a thin layer of dirt over your existing lawn without the need to dig up your lawn. Using a shovel or hoe, break up the chunks in your topsoil leaving only fine particles the width of a blade of grass or smaller. Spread your topsoil over the desired area with a shovel or mechanical spreader. Avoid covering more than half of your grass with topsoil to allow it access to sunlight.
If your lawn requires multiple layers, provide three months between applications to allow your lawn time to adjust. Adding a layer of fertile topsoil to your garden will provide a strong base for healthy growth in areas with rocky or sandy soil.
Apply your topsoil in a layer that is at least 6 to 8 inches deep.
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Spread the topsoil in 1- to 2-inch layers using a shovel or dirt spreader. Use a hoe or aerator to mix the first layer of topsoil into the top 3 to 4 inches of your existing soil to promote proper drainage into a sandy subsoil. If you do not plan on maintaining ground cover in your garden year-round, consider installing a physical barrier to prevent erosion.
Adding topsoil to low spots in your lawn creates a smooth lawn surface with a professional appearance. Top-dressing is an effective method for addressing small, shallow depressions in your yard.
In larger depressions, remove the sod from the surface of the depression and set it aside. Fill the depression until it is level with the surrounding ground and cover the area with the sod. Water the sod lightly to encourage it to take root in the topsoil below it. Before you add topsoil to your garden or lawn, sift through it with a dirt rake and remove any large rocks or trash embedded in it. Use a loamy soil that does not contain a large proportion of clay or sand and has a pH level between 5.
Spread your topsoil when it is dry to ease your workload. If you want to increase the fertility of a garden with sandy soil without adding a large layer of topsoil, you can mix a 1- to 2-inch layer of mulch into your existing topsoil. This will improve your garden's fertility without the expense and effort of spreading a new layer of topsoil. Daniel Thompson began writing about analytical literature in He has written informative guides for a hardware store and was published at an academic conference as part of a collaborative project.
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Flowers have always been a part of our live, whether we just like to receive them or having them in our homes. My suggestion would be to make your own planters or why not recycle some other planter you may have and use them. View in gallery. Is we are at the DIY category we should say from the start that this is about making things cheap but original, to suit our needs and practice our skills a little bit. This project involves making small planters from yogurt containers.
This is probably the easiest project ever, because involves a simple plastic food container which is thrown away as soon as is empty. To make it look special, spray paint it or apply models on it and let it dry, then simply plant your herbs. When I was a kid, my mom and I made lots of planters like this one. This project simply amazed me when I first looked it. The idea is very original and I must confess that I would never thought of such a thing.
Find some old books and cut a hole in which you will later fit a plastic sheet to prevent any water and dirt to deteriorate the rest of the book. After thattake out the plants from their original planter and place them into the book. Trim the extra plastic and clean the newly created planter. This is the perfect artistic extension: taking something beautiful and turning it into something else beautiful.
Making a planter from a wooden crate is both simple and very good looking and of course original. Due to their generous size these planters can manage a lot more than a simple plant. You can use them to transform your patio in a salad garden or to plant some fresh herbs or spices for your cooking. Wow, cement planters are so cool and very original with a fresh handmade feel.
These can be made by anyone and the result is simple, stylish and downright lovable. The mixture is one part cement and four parts sand. To give them the right shape you can look for old food containers with unusual forms, after filling the content of a larger bowl with the cement mix, place a smaller pot, an ice cream cup would be perfect, flip it and let is try for a couple of days.
After that drill some holes for drainage, sand the edges smooth and plant a succulent. The result is a little more modern with a refined feel. Still, the decorative impact is the same and can be used anywhere to animate a dull space. I particularly like how the planter and the plant gives a very chic splash of color in a white tilled bathroom, like in this picture.
Wow, this is unique indeed. A pram planter? The uniqueness of this planter is given by the diversity of the two elements combined and how unrelated they are.
A pram is meant to transport babies not to hold plant in it. Can planters can be a very cool and cheap idea to decorate your house, but upside down can planters? I personally never imagined plants growing upside down but today I found not only that this is possible but looks pretty good as well. To do a project on your own the perfect candidate would be a coffee can with a plastic lid. After drilling the drainage holes flip the can and fill it with some soil and add your plant. Also cut a hole in the plastic lid, put it on and flip the planter.
Now, you have a cool recycled upside down planter to decorate your home. Inspired by the Spice Rack these planters placement assure a very interesting decorative element as well as utility. Clear your kitchen counter and keep your herbs, fresh in the air.Topdressing lawns with soil3 compost video agri fab spiker drop spreader lb capacity 42in spreading width model 45 topdressing lawns with soil3 compost video spreading sand with a fertilizer spreader the lawn forum peat moss leaf er part 3 how to spread topsoil compost.
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Diy Pvc Soil Spreader. How To Spread Topsoil Pros. Cyclone Top Soil Spreader. Prev Article. Next Article. Related Articles. Ad Blocker Detected Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors.You can make a useful manure spreader from your old box trailer. Just add a movable tailgate hinged at the top two corners instead of at the bottom and install a long horizontal auger to break up clods that turns as the wheels of the trailer turn.
It will work more effectively than drop spreaders to add this natural fertilizer to your fields. Follow these directions to turn your box trailer into a manure spreader. Unscrew the tailgate from its bottom hinge and add new hinges to attach it to the side walls. Ensure it can move outward from the back of the trailer with a slight push. Attach the auger at each end to an L-shaped axle beam with long metal screws fastened so the auger can rotate.
Fasten each axle beam to one of the rear wheels of the trailer so that when the wheels turn, the auger will turn too. The auger, a long screw-vaned pole, will break up the clods of manure so they fall as smaller pieces onto the field. Shovel the manure into the trailer from the rear to the front. Keep the shovel in the trailer while spreading the dried manure. Attach the trailer to the truck or other vehicle that will convey it to the field.
Your assistant can climb into the trailer wearing suitable rubber boots, and using the heavy rake, push the manure forward through the tailgate and onto the auger. Keep the trailer moving to rotate the auger.
Travel at the speed you would use for mowing the lawn, about 5 miles per hour. Test the spreader to see if the manure exits the tailgate effectively. Pay attention to whether or not the auger turns fast enough to chop it up and check to see if the auger clogs up. As you turn the truck and trailer to go down a new row, stop and declog the auger with the rake. Shovel up the manure released from the auger and put it back in the trailer. Park the trailer near a garden hose or pressure washer.
Tilt the tailgate up and prop it open. Hose out the back of the trailer. If you prefer, collect the liquid residue in a barrel to add to the vegetable garden from time to time. Rinse off the auger with the pressure washer as well to prevent hardening of the manure residue on it. We welcome your comments and suggestions. All information is provided "AS IS.