Backpack sprayers are the best friends of gardeners. They give gardeners the power to distribute large amounts of liquid to crops they can’t reach. They are more convenient than hand sprayers because they can hold more liquid, eliminating the need to refill over and over again. Carrying a sprayer on your back is also an excellent way to tend to the plants. Whatever it is you’re going to spray—may it be water, pesticide, herbicide, insecticide, or liquid nutrients—a backpack sprayer is the best machine to use.
After checking out Peter’s guide on it, you’ll probably be hyped to use one for your garden. So, without further ado, let’s begin!
First off, prepare your backpack sprayer and liquid. You need a separate container too.
Step #1: ASSEMBLY
If you just bought one, it may either come assembled or not. If it’s not, then follow the instructions of the manufacturer, and put the parts together. Usually, you’ll be required to screw the spray wand (yes, it’s called a wand) onto your spray gun, install the pump handle into the apposite hole, and lastly, fasten the shoulder straps.
Step #2: PREPARE THE LIQUID
After inspecting the parts for damage and putting them together, you need to prepare the liquid you’ll use. Put it in another container. Remember that you need to mix insecticides, pesticides, and herbicides with water. Read the directions on the packaging of the liquid before you mix anything, then do the mixing in the container.
Step #3: POUR THE LIQUID
Now, it’s time to open the backpack sprayer and slowly pour the chosen liquid into it. Don’t rush this part! Avoid leaking chemicals at all costs. After pouring, put back the cap of your sprayer.
Step #4: WEAR IT LIKE A BACKPACK
Obviously, you’ll need to place it on your back. Next, adjust the straps until they’re secured. Don’t tighten them too much; make sure you’re still comfortable with how tight they are. After all, you won’t be able to move freely if you’re too stiff.
Step #5: USE IT!
Test the backpack sprayer first. Pump the handle for at least 10 times (not more than 15 though). After priming it, aim the wand to where you need to spray and pull the trigger to release the liquid. Ensure that you pump the handle every five seconds to sustain constant pressure in the tank; or else, you’ll have to prime the sprayer again (like what you did in the first part of this step) whenever the pressure is entirely used up.