If you are new to lawn care, the idea of using a spray tank may seem intimidating. However, applying spray tank products is a simple and crucial part of regular lawn maintenance. Whether you are treating your lawn or garden with liquid disease control products, fertilizer, insect control, or another type of liquid product, a spray tank is an efficient tool. In this guide, we will walk you through the process of mixing and applying spray tank products correctly.
Safety Tips for Spray Application
When using lawn care products, it’s important to follow all safety guidelines and read the label carefully. The label will provide information on the product’s effects, what it treats and doesn’t treat, and which types of grass it may harm. Additionally, the label will indicate the best time of year to apply the product and the mix rate. To ensure your safety, wear protective gear such as gloves, long sleeves, and safety goggles. If you have any questions about the product, don’t hesitate to contact the manufacturer.
Perform a Jar Test
Before filling your spray tank, it’s recommended to perform a jar test to check the solution’s consistency. This will prevent clogging of the nozzle and damage to the spray tank. To perform a jar test, fill an empty jar with the correct water and chemical ratios. Shake the jar and check the solution’s consistency. If it is mixed correctly, fill the spray tank and proceed with the application.
Make a Test Application First
Before applying a full treatment of fertilizer or herbicide, make a test application first. This will ensure that the solution does not cause harm to your lawn. If there is an error in the mixture or if the wrong product is used for your grass type, it can cause significant damage. Start by applying a small amount to a small area of your lawn and wait a few days to see if there are any negative effects.
Include a Surfactant with the Mixture
Adding a surfactant to your solution can increase its effectiveness by helping the product stick to the surface being sprayed. Furthermore, including a spray indicator dye with the mixture can prevent over-spraying of your lawn. Simply add both the surfactant and the spray indicator dye to the spray tank along with the product you are using.