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How to Maintain Your Backpack Sprayer

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Definition

In case you didn’t know, back pack spraying is the use of a portable, lightweight sprayer to keep pests and insects away from your plants.

Using a backpack sprayer enables the gardener to selectively tend to target vegetation. As a result, the risk of non-target damage is reduced.

Backpack sprayers are affordable and easy to use. They are also easy to maintain. Owning one makes it easier for the applicator to keep crops safe.

Maintenance

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  • After purchasing the right backpack prayer for your needs, make sure you keep it working properly by maintaining its cleanliness.
  • Always clean it after each use. Don’t be lazy! All it takes is a simple rinsing using clean water or a tank cleaner. Cleaning your backpack sprayer will prolong its life and avoid various repairs.
  • If you’re going to use herbicide, check the label first, so you know how to handle and dispose of them.
  • You might want to purchase an extra tank for when you wish to spray more than one product without unloading the backpack sprayer and starting again.
  • Manual_sprayerAn extra tank also avoids contamination. As you know, there are some chemicals like broad-leaf herbicides, that can be hard to thoroughly rinse from spray tanks because of their affinity for plastic. This is why a lot of gardeners have a backpack sprayer which they don’t use for anything other than herbicides. Many operators use a different sprayer for insecticides. By allotting a sprayer for each type of pesticide, there’ll be zero percent chance of accidentally applying herbicide residues to their plants which need insecticides instead.
  • Winterize your backpack sprayer before cold storage if you know there’ll be a colder climate. Do this by adding antifreeze to its tank to avoid freezing.
  • Check if your manufacturer recommends you to lubricate all seals and O-rings at the beginning of the spray season. You might have to lubricate them once more during midseason if it’s being used heavily.

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