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Top Dressers

Does anyone currently use a dropspreader for applying soil after over seeding, post scarifying or lawn renovation? If so, what do you use and how good/cost efficient are they?  I've seen a few, Bannerman, Sisis and Green Wizard and I'm after something to apply soil a little more evenly than my shovel and rake. 

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    None will work with applying soil. They are designed to apply fairly dry top dress mix. The bannerman is good and will do 70/30 top dress and 50/50 rootzone mix, and at a push compost dressing. We've also used the larger & smaller Sisis, but can't get hold of spare spreading rubber extrusions anymore for the smaller version. Sorry no experience with the Green Wizards.

    If the dressing is kiln dried 70/30, then a normal quality spreader like a SR2000 will cope.

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    I bought a Green Wizard a few years ago and have found its not an ideal solution for domestic lawns. Is ok if lawn is flat and a regular shape (how many are?) ,but i still find it difficult to apply top dressing evenly. The product does'nt flow unless its kiln dried, and even then i find it impossible to apply a thin layer. You can adjust the opening but it either comes out thick, or if you close it up slightly it doesnt' come out evenly  at all. Also you can't push it when loaded unless it is in the spreading position, so you have to barrow the product to where you need to apply it and then shovel it into the green wizard. I don't know if other makes are the same. I find I still end up raking the area afterwards to get it on evenly. 

    i find that the whole opration increases the cost of a renovation job by more than the majority  of clients are willing to pay, and mostly resort to wheelbarrow,shovel and rake method to overseed bare patches rather than the whole lawn.

    I would love to find a better solution, as overseeding /patching is so time consuming, and hard work.



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    Call me old school, but tonne bags, wheel barrows, shovels and lutes have always been the way for me and I don't see that changing any time soon. It's good enough for cricket squares of 700m2 so I don't see why a machine is really needed. I'm not seeing the return on investment unless you have a lot of large lawns / sports clubs to do.

  • as Jack says a lute supprising how much area you can cover in a short time to a good finish 

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    Thanks for the replies. I'll carry on as before with the wheelbarrow and shovel then!!

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