Not sure how small you are talking about. I hand spread for 1500-2000 sq ft. For smaller quantities, I use a large bowl in one hand and spread with the other. For large quantities, I hold a 5 gal bucket under the lid in one hand and spread with the other. This way, I can accurately control the spread and avoid beds, walkways, the neighbors yard, etc. I find it easier to navigate around a lot of obstacles. Start light and make 2 passes. Over time, you will get more accurate and can spread pretty accurately in one pass.