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What rate are you spraying with your Z-spray

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by grassmasterswilson, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Posts: 4,548

    I've been spraying for about 4-5 years and building up a good app side to my business. As my clients grow I am trying to decide to go with more capacity or lower flow in order to be more efficient.

    Right now I use prodiamine as my pre at .5 gallons per 1000 and when i do weed control i increase my speed so I can go a little further. Rates depend on who you ask and some hose guys say they won't go less that 1 gal/1000 and some boom guys say they go as low as .25 gallon/1000.

    What is your flow rate on pre and/or post?

    I asked Ray at z-spray about more capacity and it turns out they have a second 18 gallon tank that is interchangable with the hopper on my jr.
  2. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Posts: 6,056

    When running Pre's run higher gallons but when posting for broadleaves run as low as you feel comfortable.

    I have been running 1/4 gallon/k since the beginning and love it! Water is your enemy and you can get a lot more done in a day when you don't have to fill all the time!
  3. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Posts: 4,548

    are you running 1/4 gallon all the time? I would assume you up your rate for pre?
  4. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Posts: 6,056

    I run a granular pre. I always run 1/4 gallon on all post apps.

    The reason you want to run more water with a pre is so you can get good coverage so you can get a good blanket coverage.

    You may want to contact your supplier on the product you are using (and look at the label) but I wouldn't think you would want to go much under .5 to 1 gallon. More water the better with liquid.

    I am actaully not a fan or liquid pre at all. Plus when I have checked it is usually cheaper to run a combo product with a fert carrier.
  5. gregory

    gregory LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,068

    i run 1/3 for herbicde and 1gal tips for other stuff....
  6. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,795

    i run 1/2 gal tips for everything, unless i have to run gal tips for like a fungicide. def go higher rate for pre than you do your post though

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,093

    I have sprayed pre at a 1/2 gal per th and it worked fine. I bet you could do it with 1/4 gal per th. it's just like all pre you have to water it in or it don't work.

    Charles Cue
  8. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Posts: 2,499

    i run 1/3 gallon, i think at 1/4 gal you might miss some of the smaller weeds.
  9. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Posts: 6,056

    You would think so but you don't.
  10. lawnrx

    lawnrx LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Posts: 140

    I run 1/3 gal and also use grandular for per. started that last year and it works great. just put in down heavy. and at full rate. .43%. i had no break throw last year with the rain that we had.

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