How to make a cheap grass seed spreader

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How to make a cheap grass seed spreader
Maintain your lawn with a home made grass seed spreader. (Michael Blann/Photodisc/Getty Images)

For small patching areas, a homemade grass seed spreader does the trick and saves you money. Shop bought spreaders include the drop and broadcast models that you push and handheld spreaders that usually have a crank handle. Make your own cheap model from containers that usually end up discarded.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Coffee can
  • Plastic can lid
  • Safety glasses
  • Small nail
  • 3 mm (1/8 inch) drill bit
  • Newspaper
  • Grass seed
  • Gallon milk jug
  • 2 litre (64 fl oz) juice container
  • Milk jug cap
  • Nail
  • Hole puncher
  • Funnel

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    Coffee can

  1. 1

    Get an empty coffee can with lid and turn it upside down. Choose a large size for less work.

  2. 2

    Put on safety glasses and make holes across the bottom of the can. Use a small nail with a hammer or a 3 mm (1/8 inch) drill bit for starters.

  3. 3

    Make a second row of holes offset from the first row.

  4. 4

    Place the lid on the bottom of the can and fill just enough seed to test the spreader.

  5. 5

    Test the grass seed spreader over an open newspaper to see the flow of seeds. Adjust accordingly by enlarging or making more holes.

  6. 6

    Use the tin can spreader by first placing the lid on the bottom, then remove the lid when ready to seed your lawn.

    Milk container

  1. 1

    Rinse out an empty 3.8 litre (1 gallon) milk jug or a 2 litre (64 fl oz) plastic juice container.

  2. 2

    Set the jug off in a corner to dry with the cap off.

  3. 3

    Put on safety glasses, then punch a series of holes in the opposite side of the handle with a nail, hole puncher or drill. Push the nail or punch back and forth with downward pressure. Make 3 mm (1/8 inch) holes, depending on grass, spaced 6 mm (1/4 inch) apart in two offsetting rows.

  4. 4

    Get a funnel to fill the jug with grass seed up to the holes.

  5. 5

    Spread grass seed evenly with a back and forth motion.

  6. 6

    Make more holes or rows according to the amount of grass seed you want to shake out.

  7. 7

    Push the nail around the hole to make it larger.

Tips and warnings

  • Start with a smaller hole then enlarge as needed for your particular grass seed. Grass seed size typically measures about 3 mm (1/8 inch).
  • Watch that the nail or punch doesn't slip away cutting your hand or scratching the worktop.

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