Spring Preview #4: Review - Scotts Snap Spreader

This weekend wasn't ALL home disasters and fire department visits.

We also did a bunch of spring yard work (and completely transformed the dining room with new fixtures, paint & wainscoting, but that's another post.)

And in doing our spring yard work, we happened across one lawn gadget that I can recommend for weekend warrior non-pros like me - the Scotts Snap Spreader.

We had a lot of lawn issues last year. Dead patches all over the place - some as a result of the hot and dry summer.... and others as "pee spots" from our dog Lucy.

We were able to grow crabgrass and dandelions, I guess. But not much grass in the backyard.

We are also perfect marks for advertising, so we picked up a Scotts Snap Spreader, with my 6-year old chanting the tagline from their commercial the entire time. ("FEED YOUR LAWN. FEED IT.")

I started by raking out all of the dead grass and thatch from last year. Then it was time to get some weed control and fertilizer down - perfect timing, with the rain coming.  

Scotts Snap Spreader - Mini Review

The spreader itself is really well designed. It has a very small footprint, so it takes up less space in your garage. Great lines.  It's about the size and shape of a golf-bag cart. 
Rather than dumping product into a hopper, you snap "cartridges" of fertilizer/weed control/grass seed into the spreader.

The product can only come out of the cartridge when it's attached to the spreader, and it's in the "locked" position.

Remove the cartridge, and it's automatically sealed. So if you finish a project with extra product in the cartridge, just detach it, and keep the cartridge for next time. 

The problem - if your yard is any size at all, you won't have product left over. We went through 2 cartridges of early spring Weed & Feed on our standard lot - (a lot which, admittedly, has more yard than most of our neighbors.)

I haven't done the math, but it seems pretty obvious that you're paying more per square foot to use the Snap Spreader. Maybe even a lot more.

That said, the spreader was free with the purchase of 2 cartridges. A standard "mini-spreader" is $35 at Home Depot, and a "regular" spreader is closer to $70. I was out the door at about $50, and I've got the "stylish" spreader.

This isn't a great choice for professionals - regular spreaders can hold a lot more product, and bagged product is cheaper.

But for me, the Snap Spreader is more or less ideal. I'm going to use it a couple of times a year, and it's a clean, simple way to fertilize or seed your lawn. SEED IT.

Final Score: 8/10 
(The ONLY knock is the per sq.ft. price.)


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