With a built-in hand sprayer for spot spraying and boom-mounted nozzles for blanket coverage, a tow-behind trailer sprayer is an incredibly versatile tool. Balancing capacity and maneuverability, it’s able to cover large areas that wouldn’t be possible using only a hose end, pump, or backpack sprayer. We’ve compiled this list of ways to get the most out of your lawn and garden trailer sprayer.
Liquid fertilizer is absorbed more readily than granular fertilizers, and virtually eliminates the potential for runoff. Applying liquid fertilizers with a lawn sprayer instead of granular fertilizers lets us adjust nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (NPK) ratios and add micronutrients or pesticides as needed.
Lawns and gardens and outdoor living spaces are under constant threat from a multitude of pests: grubs, ants, caterpillars, mosquitoes, aphids, mites, roaches, chiggers…the list could go on and on. With a tow-behind lawn and garden sprayer we can apply insecticides broadly to the lawn, directly to plants’ foliage, or around the footprint of the house using either the boom or the hand applicator.
In addition to insects, our lawns are under constant pressure from weeds of all types. In order to combat this extreme variety, many different herbicides may need to be applied in order to achieve the healthy, uniform look we desire. Pre-emergent herbicides may be applied to the entire lawn using the boom to prevent dandelions or crabgrass. Roundup® or other non-selective herbicides can be used along gravel driveways or along fencelines to eliminate the need to trim after mowing.
During the winter months, the sprayer can double as a de-icer and ice preventer! Applying salt brine or liquid de-icer to driveways or sidewalks can turn a back-breaking day of shoveling and icebreaking into a short ride on the tractor. Use the hand sprayer on frozen garage doors, mailboxes, patio furniture, or car tires.
One seemingly obvious use for tow-behind lawn sprayers that often goes overlooked is watering. No need to pull out the hose or the sprinkler, just fill up the tank and go. Back the tank up to a tree and remove the drain cap for high-volume flow, use the boom’s spray nozzles to cover large areas of the lawn, or mist the flowerbeds using the hand sprayer. Or pull the sprayer behind you when you mow, watering at the same time.
This concentrated limestone solution is used to raise the pH of soil, and supply the much-needed secondary nutrient calcium. Generally applied in granular form, the liquid variety can be absorbed more quickly by the lawn.
Contact fungicides can be applied as a preventive measure, to prevent diseases from taking hold. If the lawn is already infected however, a systemic fungicide will be needed. Systemic fungicides work from the inside of the plant, traveling through the vascular system to kill the fungus. Most types of algae, moss, brown patch, mildews, dollar spot, etc. can be controlled with liquid fungicide applications.
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Author: Brad Turner