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Neutralizing Iron Buildup in Tank

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Bigsmoke, Oct 8, 2003.

  1. Bigsmoke

    Bigsmoke LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    I use iron in most of my amine applications to offset any possible harm to sensitive turf. As everyone probably knows, iron breaks down very quickly, and can reak havoc on spray tanks, diaphragms, and hoses. I use Iron Out to clean my equipment, but I was wondering if there may be any way to beat it to the punch without making it lose it's effectiveness.

    Maybe I'm looking for Utopia, as usual.

  2. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,956

    Add 5 lbs Citrus Acid per 100 gallons tank mix.
  3. Bigsmoke

    Bigsmoke LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12


    Thanks for the tip. Iron is a great additive when applying in high temps. I was surprised more folks didn't use it, until I started having problems with it. Do you use the citrus acid yourself? Definitely worth a try if it doesn't harm the tank mixture or target.

    Thanks again.
  4. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,956

    Citrus acid will hep lower the pH of the water. Lower pH water is better for the Chemical haft life of chemicals in the tank. Citrus Acid also helps as far as staining of Iron overspray. Iron locks up in the soil at high pH.

    Of course I use it.

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