Milorganite® Lawn Spreader Settings


 Guidelines   Rotary Spreaders   Drop Spreaders  


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What Lawn Spreader Settings Do I Use for Milorganite?

First, select the right spreader for your yard—drop or broadcast.  

Fertilize with Milorganite four (4) times per year for more information on rates and schedule

If your spreader model is not listed here, please go to how to calibrate a spreader for instructions (six easy steps) to ensure Milorganite is applied at the proper rate. As always, you have the peace of mind that comes with knowing Milorganite won't burn.

See below for application tips and step-by-step instructions on fertilizing your lawn.

Calibrate Spreader

Milorganite Spreader Setting - Guidelines

Guidelines Application
Setting (established lawns) 2,500 sq ft - per 32 lb bag
New Lawn 1,250 sq ft - per 32 lb bag
Weight Conversion 3 cups Milorganite = 1 pound











Settings for Milorganite

Rotary Spreaders

2 passes = Divide your application in half and go over the same area twice for a more uniform application.

Tip: When using a broadcast (rotary) spreader divide the spreader setting in half and apply in two directions (north to south and then east to west) to get more even coverage.

Note: Spreader settings are to be used as a guide and will vary according to the rate you walk and the mechanical condition of the spreader. For best results, calibrate your spreader. For information regarding spreader settings for Milorganite Professional 50 lb. bag, visit our Professional Homeowner Settings page.

Rotary Spreaders Setting New Lawn
Ace Green Turf Delux 19 19 2 passes  
Agway 19 19 2 passes  
Earthway EV-N-Spred (most models) 19 19 2 passes  
Earthway 2050P 19 19 2 passes  
Fertilome 19 19 2 passes  
Green Thumb 19 19 2 passes  
Lawn Crafter (Quaker) 5 5 2 passes  
Precision 9 9 2 passes  
Red Devil 17 17 2 passes  
Republic EZ 14 14 2 passes  
Republic EZ Grow 11 2 passes   11 4 passes  
Scotts Basic, EdgeGuard (Pro, Mini), Lawn Pro & Standard 11.5 11.5 2 passes  
Scotts Delux Edge Control & Speedy Green series 11.5 11.5 2 passes  
Scotts Edgemaster 10.5 10.5
Scotts Easy Green 29 29 2 passes  
Southern States 19 19 2 passes  











Settings for Milorganite

Drop Spreaders

Tip: When using a drop spreader overlap the wheel tracks. 

Note: Spreader settings are to be used as a guide and will vary according to the rate you walk and the mechanical condition of the spreader. For best results, calibrate your spreader.

Drop Spreader Setting New Lawn
Ames/Earthway 12 21
Lawn Crafter (Quaker) 8 13
Red Devil 11 12
Republic EZ Grow 8 11
Scotts Accu Green Series (1000, 2000, 3000) 10 16

Lawn Fertilization Application Tips:

  • Always use a lawn spreader. NEVER spread the product by hand!
  • Mow your lawn before fertilizing.
  • Close the spreader hopper before adding the product.
  • Fill the hopper on a drive or walkway to avoid over-application, which is particularly important for herbicides and synthetic fertilizers which can burn your lawn.
  • Sweep up any product that falls on hard surfaces to avoid washing into waterways.
  • If you accidentally dump Milorganite on your lawn, gather what you can, then use a stiff broom to spread what remains.
  • Walk at a steady pace. You’re an important part of the distribution rate equation. The slower you walk the more product will be distributed, and less is distributed when you walk faster. That’s one of the reasons application rates can vary.
  • Drop spreaders: overlap wheel marks to ensure even coverage and avoid unfertilized stripes.
  • First, apply a header strip—two overlapping passes—of fertilizer around the perimeter of your lawn for easier turns.
  • Start along the longest edge of your lawn.
  • Close the spreader off when making turns to avoid uneven application.
  • After a turn, start walking before opening the spreader.
  • Apply 50% of the product in one direction and the other 50% in the opposite direction (north to south and east to west) to help ensure even coverage. Do this by reducing your spreader setting by half.
  • Avoid spreading the product on windy days so it stays where you want it.
  • Clean your spreader after each use.
  • Follow manufacturers’ guidelines for lubricating, cleaning, and storing your spreader.


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