Homemade Seed Spreader

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Homemade Seed Spreader
You can evenly distribute wild flower seeds with a homemade seed spreader (Wildflowers image by Photohank from Fotolia.com)

If you are spreading seed over several hundred square feet (for example, re-seeding a lawn), you need a broadcast or drop seed spreader. But you can do many small-scale seeding tasks with a homemade seed spreader. A homemade seed spreader is appropriate for over-seeding a bare patch of lawn, or spreading wild flower mix evenly in a flower bed. You can make a seed spreader out of a recycled coffee can.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tin coffee can
  • 2 coffee can lids
  • Hammer or drill
  • Size 4d nail or 1/8-inch drill bit

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    Making Your Own Seed Spreader

  1. 1

    Acquire a used tin coffee can and two coffee can lids. You can use a 0.454kg can for smaller projects (for example, scattering mesclun lettuce seed), or a 1.36kg can for larger projects (over-seeding a bare patch of lawn).

  2. 2

    Punch or drill 16 to 24 holes in the bottom of the coffee can. Use a drill or hammer and nail to punch the holes. The holes should be only slightly larger than the seed you are spreading. For grass seed, a 1/8-inch drill bit or size 4d nail should be sufficient.

  3. 3

    Place the first lid over the bottom of the coffee can, and pour seed into the can. Seal the top of the coffee can with the second lid.

  4. 4

    Remove the lid on the bottom of the coffee can and shake the can over the area you wish to seed.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are scattering wild flower seed or other small seed mixes (mesclun lettuce, etc), mix some sand in with your seed to get more even and wide-spaced distribution.

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