One big advantage of a pump/air sprayer is that you have much more flexibility. You can of course apply your bio-stimulants and liquid fertilizers, but you can also apply all of your “ides” with a pump sprayer. These being pesticides like:
- Herbicides - kill plants
- Fungicides - stop fungus
- Insecticides - kill bugs
The majority of pesticides should not be applied via a hose-end sprayer because it is not precise enough. Remember, if you are working with an “ide” and there is no mixing instruction for hose-end sprayers on the label, you should not use one to apply.
This is why reading the label is so important when it comes to the “ides” because there are exceptions. Allyn utilizes a few different insecticides in this video here and he shows us one that does allow a hose-end sprayer - however, those are rare.
The primary way we DIYers can get this precision is by using a pump/air sprayer or “hand can” that allows us to utilize tips that output product in a more precise way.
Let us first say, we highly recommend you invest in a battery-powered sprayer. This is because a battery or pump-driven pump is going to give you a consistent output throughout your application. If you have a “hand pump” air sprayer, you can still get the job done, but you will need to pump and air it up often during your application. If you are spraying more than about 2,500 sq ft, this constant pumping is going to become annoying and frustrating.
The one that we recommend you start out with is the Field King 2 gallon sprayer. This sprayer comes with a diaphragm pump that airs it up and pushes the liquid spray mix through the line and out the tip. Allyn has been using it for all sorts of tasks and it works very well.
Now with this sprayer, Allyn has been doing mostly flood-type apps. Meaning, applications of products that need to get out at a higher volume and will be watered into the soil. These are bio-stimulants and liquid fertilizers and most recently, pre-emergent herbicides. With these applications, he uses a flat fan tip called a “FloodJet.”
You can get this tip in a plastic version (TF-VP5) or a stainless version (TF-VS5) - same tip, just different construction, and recently he has been buying the stainless versions from Sprayer Depot as they are cheaper - and the shipping from those guys is very fast.
Let's take a minute and walk through this together. Here is a bucket test Allyn did with this tip and sprayer You can view that video here. In that video, he found that it takes 80 seconds for this sprayer with this tip to put out 1 gallon of spray mix liquid. That is 1 minute and 20 seconds.
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