There are many backpack sprayers on the market, you can check reviews and make your choice on which would be best. My work choice preference happens to be a hudson sprayer.
Why Choose a Hudson Sprayer
These sprayers are well-built and are factory inspected before being sent to the customer. You need to check any sprayer with fresh water before spraying any chemicals. As an extra precaution, after mixing and filling your sprayer, I usually place a folded paper towel under the handle, on top of the lid to prevent any leakage, which is caused there by that little check valve. I like the wide lids over the narrow lids, it makes mixing your chemicals and poring them into the backpack sprayer easier.
The pumps work great whether they are piston or diaphragm. The diaphragm pumps have less moving parts and will last longer. They seem to give plenty of years of service, if taken care of properly. Rinse your sprayer with fresh water after using, end of day.
Before Applications Know This
ID plants or pests you plan to control ahead of applying pesticides. Call your extension office or take in a sample if you have a problem identifying the pest your spraying. These employees are professional and they know about everything you’re dealing with and can save you time and money.
Another big help to me is your county weed and pest control supervisor. They can tell you the pest and also a good treatment method.
Know where you’re going to make the application. Notify anyone bordering your property. If spraying weeds check and see that there isn’t any really sensitive plants close by, like tomatoes or grapevines or someones gardens or flowers that might be effected. Pay attention when applying chemicals. Follow the label and eliminate any risks.
Have a check off list that looks like this:
- Read the Label
- Understand the hazards of what you are spraying.
- Know the first aid for your product
- Keep the label close to the work site for reference or any unforeseen emergency.
- Wear recommended PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- Look the area to apply pesticide over for any hazards (tripping hazard as an example), at the same time checking the entire area for any unseen hazards like sensitive plants, kids toys lying around (pick up), gardens or other crops nearby that could be effected by the application.
- Check equipment with a little fresh water before mixing pesticides to make sure everything is working properly.
- Know your mix before mixing and have all your measuring utensils handy. Have containers used for pesticides marked so they are not used for anything else. Calibrate before mixing pesticides.
- Think ahead, have a plan, if you have a spill for example. Have some absorbent (cat litter), shovel, etc.
- Check your pesticides to make sure they remain in a secure location, where they can’t be tripped over. Make sure lids are tight, labels are still attached to containers and kids can’t get in them.
- If it says on the label to notify the neighbor before you spray, do so.
- Watch for bees and be respectful of bee owners. Spray when the bees aren’t out. Also, try to spray when plants are young and not in the flowering stage.
- Keep a log book of what, where and when you have sprayed. The mix and the amount of each chemical mixed in relation to your calibration. Check the wind, temperature and weather.
- Watch wind because if it is to strong you will be causing your spray to drift. Counter this by lightening up on your pressure and adjusting your spray nozzle on your backpack sprayer to get bigger droplets (if spraying vegetation). If wind is to strong over 10 mph, stop and either wait until it dies down or spray another day. Sometimes a little wind is to much.
- Watch temperature if it gets to high, the stomata (air openings in plants) shut down.
- Time your spray applications, timing when the plants, insects or whatever you are spraying are most vulnerable.
- Read the label for more on what you are using. Spraying is a lot of common sense.
- Add to this list as you learn and save your notes.
Few Words Before Applications
The label has everything on it, tells how safe it is, what its used for, first aid and emergency medical treatment number. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), engineering controls and user safety recommendations, physical, chemical and environmental hazards. There are directions for use applying any pesticide and other use and non use requirements depending on where your application is going to take place.
The label also tells you how to store your unused chemicals and how to dispose of them. Numbers to call encase of an emergency and steps to follow if you have a spill. Tells you restrictions and non restrictions for each product.
Tells you about different methods of applications, like aerial applications, ground boom application and backpack applications. Tells lots of information on mixing and spraying for best results, also what plants to use it on and what plants are sensitive to this product.
Read the label, it will help you in more than one way and keep you from doing something you’ll have to worry about. We all are responsible for what we do.
Why a Backpack Sprayer
They are handy for small and big jobs. It’s easy to change chemical or add chemicals to the mix. They are easy to carry from one job to the next. The good thing about the hudson sprayers I’ve found out is they don’t need to be pumped as much as some others. If you get some different straps (extras), they can save your shoulders and make it easier to pack. There is not much more expense in owning a sprayer that will give you good service and one you will enjoy to operate. There are lots of good sprayers whether backpack, garden, atv or sprayers built for special equipment, side by sides or truck mounted. The point is when you get a sprayer try to get the best you can afford.
Backpack sprayers are easy to learn to use. Practice a bit with fresh water and you will be a certified sprayer. Pests and weeds are here to stay. You don’t need to pack four gallons to spray a small area, if one gallon is enough. Save yourself.
Where is The Work
I never know where my next job is going to be located and what weeds I will find when I get there. Lots of times I have a pretty good idea so I can load my truck mounted sprayer with the basic herbicide or pesticide or I can wait and evaluate the area first. It always seems there are always places you can’t get your truck or even an ATV. That is why I always have my backpack sprayer with me and in my case I usually use a hudson sprayer. A good reason to always have a backpack with you is you may find a problem weed that needs a different mix. For the commercial sprayer, another hint, always carry a sharp shovel, use IPM.
Some days this is all I use, especially when I have a lot of spot spraying to do. The sprayer I use, I need to count on working all day long.
I hope you got some good information that you can use here and hopefully make you more aware of what you are doing. It does not matter whether you are booming a big field with a tractor pulled sprayer or using a backpack sprayer. Be safe and definitely read the label and know what pest your spraying. It’s not all that complicated. Any questions, suggestions or comments, please feel free to let me know. If you like a different backpack let me know which one and why. I’ve used a lot of different sprayers, lots of stihls and solos. They all worked good for me too. Thanks for taking time to check out this website.
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Enjoy each day,