If you care about your plants, you know you have to purchase a back pack sprayer to keep pests away from them. And if you care about your backpack sprayer, you have to maintain it the right way.
Taking care of your sprayer can prolong its life and cause it to perform better than you expected.
Here are the maintenance tips you should follow:
Clean it after every use
I know, I know, this is tiring to do. But trust me; it’ll be worth it. It’s essential to rinse your sprayer with a tank cleaner after using it. If you don’t have a cleaner, water will suffice. Doing so will prevent the chemicals and liquid from getting stuck and building up inside the tank. Keeping it clean regularly is one way to avoid spending money on repairs or replacements. So, don’t be lazy and clean it after each use.
Winterize it the right way
Don’t leave it out all alone in the cold! Before winter arrives, ensure that you’ve already winterized your spraying. This is a simple task. All you have to do is add an anti-freeze to the tank to keep it from getting frozen. And that’s it!
Handle herbicides correctly
Before using herbicides, read the instructions on the label first. This way, you’ll know how to handle, use, and dispose of it properly.
Get an extra tank
To avoid spraying the wrong product to your beloved plants, buy a spare tank. Doing so will also eliminate the need for emptying the sprayer tank and filling it over again with another type of liquid. A spare tank will also prevent contamination. Let’s say you used a broad-leaf herbicide, and you only have one tank so you’ll have to get rid of it before adding water to spray to your plants. You’ll have a difficult time removing that herbicide from the tank because it sticks too well to plastic. It really is clingy. This means you’ll spend a lot of time rinsing instead of distributing liquid to your plants. The backpack sprayer then becomes inconvenient for you. To solve this kind of problem, purchase one or two spare tanks and designate a container for each type of liquid you’ll use. This way, you won’t have to worry about spraying the wrong fluid.
Lubricate it if necessary
Your manufacturer might recommend you to lubricate the O-rings and sprayer’s seals, so make sure you read the manual of your sprayer carefully. It might suggest you grease it at the start of the spray season and once more during the midseason.