Compost is essential for building the soil fertility in your home garden or market garden. But spreading compost by hand is time consuming, and it is difficult to cover large areas evenly and consistently.
This compost spreader, manufactured in New Holland, Pennsylvania by Earth and Turf solves these problems and gives you a quick and efficient way to spread compost.
Once you have the spreader set up, simply set the depth of compost that you want to spread. (It can spread compost from 1/8″ deep to 1″ deep with 13 depth settings for fine depth control). Then fill the hopper with compost, and drive the compost spreader down the length of your garden bed.
The wheels are spaced 36″ apart, and the spreader body itself is 30″ wide, with a 6″ ground clearance, making it the perfect width for spreading compost on your 30″ wide beds.
With a full hopper of compost, you can cover 100-foot row at 3/8″ depth before running out. If you’re working a large area, buy the optional expansion kit to increase the capacity to 15.3 cubic feet when compost is heaped in (10.7 cubic feet when compost is level with the top of the hopper). The increased capacity lets you spread compost 3/4″ thick the length of a 100-foot row without refilling.
Several key features of the compost spreader are:
- All-terrain tires
- A Conveyor belt system which evenly discharges the compost
- Compost is spread at the desired depth, regardless of the wheel speed of the BCS tractor you are pulling it with.
- A lever on the operator’s side allows you to turn off the spread of compost spreading at the end of each row to reduce waste.
In addition to compost, the spreader can be used for spreading other types of dry, granulated materials, such as:
- Calcined clay
- Finely cut wood chips
- Topdressing blends
- The compost spreader requires the use of a curved coupler.
It can be used with BCS tractor model 732 and up.
BCS recommends using a minimum of 5 x 10″ wheels when using the spreader.