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5 Tips for Selecting the Perfect Garden Sprayer

Many garden products come in a liquid form that is sprayed directly on plant leaves and stems. Before you buy a garden sprayer, consider your own individual needs and anticipated usage.

1. Basic Design
Trigger sprayers have simple squeeze-pump handle tops that screw onto plastic bottles. They typically hold 32 ounces or less and are good choices for small jobs.

Hose end garden sprayers are fan-shaped, with a jar-like tank. They thread onto the end of your lawn hose. Water flows from the hose, mixes with the material in the jar in the correct proportions and is then watered on to your plants or lawn. These units provide good coverage for areas where groups of plants all benefit from the same treatment.

Compression/pump up garden sprayers rely on pressure in the tank to propel the liquid. The pressure is usually created by battery power or with manual pumping. Some rolling units are pressurized by wheel rotation; just pulling these sprayers behind you automatically pumps them up. Most pump style garden sprayers have adjustable nozzles that manage flows at varying levels, from fine mists to soaking streams.


2. Size/Capacity
Tanks that hold the spray liquid vary in size from 8 ounces to five gallons. Consider what you’ll be applying and how you’ll be using the unit – will you spritz a few houseplants once a month or apply Spray-N-Grow Micronutrients to your long, lush rose hedge every few weeks? Matching the job to the garden sprayer tank capacity increases efficiency and saves time.


3. Weight
If your landscaping is extensive – including a big yard or mini backyard orchard – several gallons of garden spray may be needed per application. Liquids tend to be heavy. Rolling garden sprayers and backpack styles with 5 gallon tanks are ideal for managing weight. Designs with wheels are well suited to flat landscapes, while backpack sprayers work well on hillsides and uneven terrain.


4. Durability
Do you plan to spray in your garden frequently or use potentially corrosive liquids? (Natural ingredients like citric acid can be hard on some plastics.) Do you expect to use it for many years? If so, choose a garden sprayer created for heavy use. Look for durable gaskets, UV resistant plastics, wide tank mouths for easy cleaning and a sturdy design.


5. Guarantee
If your landscape needs steer you towards a beefy unit look for a garden sprayer that comes with a guarantee. This provides confidence in the manufacturer’s quality and protects your investment.


Now that you know what to consider for your yard, here’s a great selection of hard working garden sprayers.

10/23/2013    Gardening Know-How