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backpack or push sprayer?

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by gcbailey, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. aaronmg

    aaronmg LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 357

    100 gal. skid sprayer mix urea and selective weed control
  2. aaronmg

    aaronmg LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 357

    Sorry, just looked at the first post and saw looking to spend under a 1,000.. Disregard the last post....
  3. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Posts: 2,552

    I've decided to go the route of making a custom boom similar to Greendoctor's and going with the gas powered back pack. I think at this point in time with the amount of clients we've took on this fall (18), and that our largest lawn to be treated is just over 1/2 acre, I believe the backpack route will be the best. Granted if I had picked up or pick up some of our larger clients, I would have to consider something else. But right now, I think this will be the best to "grow into".
  4. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,802

    An engine drive backpack will cover 7,000 sq ft on one filling. Of course, you may re nozzle it so it will cover 14,000. I like 1 gallon per 1000 for my weed treatments. Less drift problems and coverage of hard to control weeds is assured. I am still not comfortable with the idea of a spray system dispensing a few larger drops of mixed solution per weed rather than completely covering without run off. Likewise, applying 2-10 gallons per 1000 as coarse drops is how I would handle products that must reach the soil such as fertilizers, preemergents, or insect controls, but not for foliar herbicides. Then again, there are a number of products I routinely spray that have a water volume and spray droplet quality instruction.
  5. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
    Posts: 3,324

    How much water for foliar fungicides?
  6. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,802

    1 gallon will cover. However, nozzle type and spraying pressure changes. I am no longer as paranoid about drift, so the AI tips come off, hollow cone nozzles go on and pressure goes up to 100 PSI.

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