HydroGarden – Pressure Sprayer
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- Easy to use Pressure Bottle with button operation
- Professional quality
- 2.0 & 5.0 Litre capacity available
- Adjustable nozzle for fine spray to jet
- Can be used to apply any spray from foliar feeds to pest/disease control products
- Re-useable many times
A Pressure Sprayer offers a powerfully effective way of watering your plants. The Pressure Sprayer is ideal for foliar feed or simply to apply water to leaves etc. The pressure ensures every corner is reached, in addition, this product has the sprayer as an adaptable holder to help you reach those places harder to access as well as reaching all heights easily.
Fill the bottle up to the fill line with the liquid with which you wish to spray and screw the handle back on tightly. Repeatedly lift and push down the plunger several times to build up a pressure in the bottle. Do not build up excessive pressure. Adjust the nozzle for the type of spray that you want, aim the gun at your plants and press the spray-button on the handle. It is advisable to only spray your plants when the lights are off. Do not allow the spray to come into contact with your grow-lamp or electrical outlets/appliances. If spraying harmful products, it may be wise to wear protective clothing, eye protection and a mask while applying the spray. Always clean the bottle after use to avoid build-ups and deposits in the nozzle and to maximise the lifespan of your spray bottle.
Conversions: 1 Teaspoon = 5mL | 1 Tablespoon = 15 mL | 1 Ounce = 30mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL
Using a pressure sprayer
Sprayers are suitable for applying many garden chemicals such as fungicides, insecticides, herbicides, weedkillers, algae and mass killers. They come in many sizes, from small 500ml hand-held misters to large 16-litre knapsacks. The large sprayers are particularly good for applying weedkillers to big areas.
Ready-to-use chemicals are very popular with gardeners and there is a wide range of products available in many sizes from all sorts of retailers. The advantages of ready-to-use products are that they are easy to use and are ready to go whenever you need them; there’s no need to make up a solution. The disadvantage is the cost. It is far cheaper to make up a 3 litre (¾ gallon) solution of weedkiller from a concentrate than to buy the equivalent as a ready-to-use product. But, if you never use this much at one time, the ready-to-use option is the best one.
Remember to use separate sprayers for weedkillers, and for other purposes – if not, cross-contamination could be a problem unless scrupulous washing between materials is carried out.
Check that the sprayer is functioning correctly by filling with water and testing it, before using the sprayer to apply pesticides.
Choose a concentrate
You will need to obtain your chosen garden chemical as a concentrate for dilution inside the sprayer. Concentrates come in liquid or solid form, solids being either powders, crystals or granules.
Liquid concentrates usually have a measuring cup in the lid, but solids may need to be weighed out with an old set of household scales set aside for this purpose.
Some solids come in convenient sachet packs, one sachet being the correct amount for dilution in a specified volume of water (usually 4 litres/1 gallons).
- Measure out a specified volume of liquid concentrate, following the instructions on the product label, and then add the concentrate to a small amount of water already in the bottom of the sprayer
- The sprayer should then be shaken or swirled gently to disperse the liquid concentrate (or dissolve a similar solid product)
- Next, fill up the sprayer to the correct volume of water, as per the instructions on the label
- Screw on the lid and shake or, better still, swirl the contents to mix them
- Finally, pressurise the sprayer by releasing the central pump-action mechanism in the handle, and pump it up and down until the pressure valve hisses
- You are now ready to start spraying, using the small lever on the handle to start or stop the flow of spray
Getting the right spray
Correct angle: Keep the nozzle pointing downwards, and keep it quite close to ground level, to avoid spray drifting onto unwanted areas. The spray pattern widens with distance from the nozzle.
Spray quality and width: For most home garden sprayers this can be adjusted by twisting the terminal nozzle to select a suitable droplet size and width of the overall spray pattern.
Coarse spray: This is less likely to drift onto nearby plants, and while a wide spray pattern allows quick coverage of a large area, a narrow spray pattern allows safer spraying in small areas.
Blockages: Using a coarse spray for a few seconds can dislodge accumulated residues that may be blocking the nozzle. Blockages usually become evident by a coarsening or dribbling of spray. The screw on the handle allows ‘bleeding’ of the system above the terminal nozzle. This may be useful for shifting residues that may be blocking the lance or valve above the terminal nozzle.
Tips for effective use of sprayers
- Although chemicals sold to amateur gardeners are safe to use without any protective clothing, the RHS recommends wearing protective gloves and footwear, especially when handling concentrates, and to avoid getting the spray on your skin or clothing
- Be aware that breezy conditions cause spray to drift, contaminating areas not intended for spraying. Adjusting the nozzle to produce a coarse spray will reduce the risk of drift. Avoid spraying in very windy or gusty weather
- Keep the nozzle close to the ground, and make sure it is pointing down, not up, to avoid spray drift and the risk of facial or body contact
- A dry day is best, as rain can wash away the spray before it is effective. Avoiding rainy days also avoids the risk of run-off onto precious plants, compost heaps, or lawn areas
- Avoid very hot, sunny days, as plants are less active and therefore less efficient at absorbing the chemical. Leaf scorch can be problematic when spraying any chemicals in the heat of the day, and the chemical solution may evaporate, giving off fumes that are potentially harmful to other plants. Dry, overcast days are ideal for spraying.
- To clean the sprayer, fill it three times with approximately 250ml (½ pint) of water, disposing of the washings by spraying them back onto areas suitable to treat
- Do not pour excess solution or washings down the drain – this is illegal and may pollute water supplies and groundwater. Prepare only as much solution as you need, and use up any excess, plus the rinses, by spraying onto other areas of your land in need of treatment. See our advice in chemicals: storing and disposing of safely for further information
“I’ve had cheaper ones but this is strong and solid. Had tons of bamboo to get rid of and this did the job – still going strong”
“I purchased this to spray some nettles at the back of our garden. It is a little late for the growing season but with the mild winter hopefully the “Roundup” I put in the sprayer will do the job. The sprayer has a capacity for 5L which suits our large garden, no more runing back t house to refil. I found the sprayer easy fill and easy to use, the long spraying arm saving bending over to ensure the spray in on the weeds I want rid off. The only slightly negative is the trigger which after prolong use was starting to hurt my thunb, Overall I am very pleased with the sprayer and would recommend to anyone.”
“Absolutely fantastic, I thought it would be a little flimsy as it was cheaper than other brands but it is far more superior than any other on the market!”
From the HydroGarden website:
“HydroGarden is a company that is dedicated to challenging conventional thinking by using its available resources and developing new technologies to help drive positive change within the hydroponics industry. We want to help educate our consumers and provide a range of innovative products that meet the needs and requirements of the hydroponics market. Our goal is to be innovative, positive and commercial.”
HydroGarden has been supplying specialist Hydroponic equipment to the trade since February 1996. We have become a leader in the market and regularly supply products and services to retailers within the UK and abroad, as well as to an ever-increasing number of commercial growers and research organisations. As we do not supply direct to the public we are able to focus on providing the reseller with a service and product range unequalled in the market. We are a customer orientated company with a mission to bring innovative and high-quality products to the market.
HydroGarden not only distributes world leading brands but we also manufacture our own range of products, giving you the greatest opportunity to source the best hydroponic and horticultural products in the world. Our range of added value services and marketing initiatives give our clients the edge in an expanding and increasingly competitive market.