No doubt about it: ATV’s are good fun. This said, you can use your machine for more than just playtime. There are a slew of ATV accessories that will make your investment really pay off.
With summer coming up, it’s time to start thinking about landscaping. It’s easy to make your ATV do double duty with a salt and seed spreader. Salt and seed spreaders attach to any quad and can be used for spreading grass seed and fertilizer in the spring and summer, and, as the name suggests, you can also use it to spread salt in the winter months. Since garden season is in full bloom, we’ll concentrate on using it as a seed and fertilizer spreader.
Your lawn is one of the first things people will notice about your home. It’s no wonder that the landscaping is a $14 billion industry. On average, people spend about 10% of the value of their homes on their gardens. That’s a lot of dough. This is why a spreader is an affordable and economical ATV accessory. Spreaders generally attach to the back of your machine and dispense seed low to the ground. Some attach to the body of the ATV itself, and some others attach to a trail hitch and are pulled behind your ATV. The mountable spreaders are the most popular. The trailers have wheels and axles that are more prone to wear and tear. Regardless of what spreader you choose, you’ll want to make sure your unit has an adjustable flow, so you can control how much seed you dispense.
Before you start seeding, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, a healthy lawn needs healthy soil. Neutral soils yield the best results. It’s always useful to perform a soil test prior to seeding. You can go to the garden center of most home and garden centers if you need help understanding how to perform and read the test.
Also, don’t use weed preventer or use weed and feed fertilizer if you’re aiming to sow grass. This isn’t to say you can’t eventually use a weed treatment, but it will stunt the growth of the new grass if you address the weeds too soon. The grass should be mowed at least four times before you spread a preventer.
After this, you’re good to go. One of the best spreaders out there is Cabela’s industrial spreader. Many of the other mountable spreaders have limited capacities, but the Cabela spreader distributes evenly and is well-built.