It’s no wonder why backpack sprayers for gardens are becoming in-demand these days. They’re convenient, easy to use, light, straightforward, and most importantly, efficient at distributing liquids and keeping pests far from crops.
Using a sprayer allows any gardener to select the area that needs vegetation. This means the threat of non-target damage is decreased.
Must-Know Maintenance Tips
Keep your garden sprayer clean at all costs by washing it thoroughly after every use. This isn’t the time to be lazy, so make sure you rinse its tank using a tank cleaner! If you don’t have a cleaner, clean water will do. This tip will help your sprayer live up to its life expectancy. It will also help you avoid spending money on numerous repairs in the future. Think of it this way, the cleaner it is, the longer it will live, and the more money you can save.
Get an extra tank. This is beneficial especially if you’re not only going to spray one type of liquid or one product. Getting an additional tank will eliminate the need to unload your sprayer and start from the beginning again. In addition, an extra tank will avoid contamination. Some chemicals such as broad-leaf herbicides are tough and stubborn—they can’t be rinsed with ease because they stick well to plastic (spray tanks are made of plastic, FYI). As a gardener, it’s best to have a designated tank for herbicides alone, so that you won’t accidentally spray the wrong product on your plants. Appointing a tank for insecticides is also ideal. This will eliminate the risk of spraying an insecticide to the crops that need herbicide.
Check the label of chemicals. If you’re about to use herbicide or insecticides, do read the packaging first so that you’ll know how to deal with and dispose of them.
Before cold storage, winterize your sprayer. This is easy to do; you just have to add antifreeze to the sprayer’s tank to prevent it from freezing.
Lubricate all seals and O-rings. Your manufacturer might recommend you to do this at the start of the spray season. You might also need to lubricate them again during midseason especially if you’re excessively using your sprayer.
These sprayers are easy to maintain, aren’t they? Don’t worry if you can’t remember everything! All you have to do is go back to this article in case you fail to recall some of the tips.