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Landscaper's Corner: Insights and Updates for Landscape Professionals

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Mar 24, 2017

Killer Marketing Strategies You Can Implement Now
Contributed by Guest Blogger: Martin McGuane, owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service, Enfield CT

One of the most important projects we do over the winter islandscapers corner.jpg put together our marketing strategy for the upcoming spring season. As we have mentioned in previous posts, timing in the landscaping business is very important. Many marketing projects require a fair amount of time to prepare. This winter we focused on eight marketing initiatives:

  1. Direct mail
  2. Landscaper network
  3. Our website
  4. Letters to existing customers
  5. Truck signs
  6. Leave behinds
  7. Church bulletins/Community news
  8. Social media

Direct Mail

We have using direct mail advertising as long as we have been in business. When we started, we worked with our local printer to create a nice advertising piece which we hand delivered door-to-door. It wasn't long before we realized that we could reach more households and target our potential customers with a company that specializes in direct mail. This is one of the more expensive approaches we have taken, but it is a good way to reach a large amount of potential customers that meet certain key demographics. We have been able to rely on this approach to bring in a predictable number of new customers year after year.

Landscaper Network

You can’t be in the landscaping business very long without getting to know other people in the industry. Everyone knows one company simply can’t "do it all". Some of us offer hardscaping, some chemical controls, while some businesses are strictly mowing. What we have done over the years is  build relationships with other landscapers so that we can refer clients to each other. We take advantage of the slower winter months to reach out to our network of landscapers to remind them of the services we offer and to see what they can do for us.

Website

Take the time to update your website and keep it current. You may have to update the crew page to include any new hires, and make sure all your services/products/plans are clearly explained. This is the time to consider any enhancements to your site, such as additional photos of your work or “explainer videos.”

Letters to Existing Customers

Send letters to existing customers to promote additional services that thy may need (yet have not signed up for). For example, longtime clients may not be aware of recently added or other services that may help them reach their maintenance goals.

Truck Signs

We have always made sure that all of our trucks have nice looking magnetic signs with large, easy to read print with our name and number on them. Some of our newer trucks have been professionally lettered on all four sides; they are truly rolling billboards.

Leave Behinds

Whenever we apply a treatment to our customer's property we will leave a written explanation of what was we did. This is a leave behind, a great advertising piece. When we spray Dormant Oil we remind our customers that we can also fertilize their trees. When we fertilize the lawn in the fall, our leave behind will offer aeration and slicer seeding. When we winterize the lawn we sell winter tree work. Over the years our leave behinds have generated a tremendous amount of revenue. One our recent projects involved consulting with an outside vendor to redesign all of our leave behinds.

Community Newspapers  & Church Bulletins

We do a small amount of advertising in the local community newspaper and church bulletins. Although we're not reaching large amounts of people, those that we do reach are very loyal.

Social Media

We have only recently started to build our social media presence in the last year or so. While maintaining our presence across our various social media channels like Facebook is a daily activity, we use the winter months to build out our communication plan. We use this down time to think about key communications we would like to send out next season: What services do we want to push next season and when? Do we want to attract a new type of customer? Are there certain channels (such as Instagram) that we should put a greater focus on?

Finding and building relationships is a main goal of our social media strategy. This effort expands beyond reaching potential customers to other landscaping companies and even vendors that we use and recommend, like Sprayer Depot. By creating networking opportunities with others in the landscaping industry we’re positioning ourselves as experts within our industry.

I hope that you found these eight strategies helpful and that you take away a few ideas to help you prepare for the coming season.

 

About the Author:

Martin McGuane is the owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service Inc, www.mcguanes.com which has been servicing Central Connecticut and Western Massachusetts since 1987. Martin is a 1981 graduate of the University of Connecticut's School of Agriculture. He is a Connecticut licensed arborist and has a Custom Ground Supervisor license in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. He also holds a CT Irrigation License.

 

Topics: Sprayer Depot, landscaper, Landscaper's Corner

Sprayer Depot Celebrates National Agriculture Day

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Mar 21, 2017

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Ag Day is a historic event that promotes recognition and appreciation for all those involved in American agriculture.

Celebrating Agriculture for 44 Years

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) is dedicated to increasing public awareness of agriculture's vital role in our society. Comprised of leaders in the agriculture, food and fiber communities, the Agriculture Council of America along with the National Ag Day program was started in 1973.

Every spring, producers along with agricultural associations, companies, universities, government agencies and others across the country join together in recognition—and appreciation—of agriculture in our country.

Farming and Beyond

The need for food produced in the United States is dramatic. Each American farmer feeds more than 144 people.* Agriculture is this nation's #1 export and is essential in sustaining a healthy economy.

And it's not just the farmer who makes our food possible. The entire agriculture industry, all the way to the grocery store, are vital links in a chain that brings food to every citizen - and millions of people abroad. That's really what this day is all about . . . recognizing the role of agriculture - and celebrating it.

The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:

  • Understand how food and fiber products are produced

  • Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products

  • Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy

  • Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry

At Sprayer Depot, we offer a full line of spray equipment and sprayer partsKings-Skid-Sprayer.jpg for the small and mid-sized ag markets, including skid-mounted sprayers, motorized mist blower backpack sprayers, hydraulic sprayers, spray tips and more.

For more information on National Ag Day, visit www.agday.org.

 

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* Agriculture Council of America (ACA) 

Topics: Skid Sprayers, Ag Sprayers, National Ag day

Product Highlight: High Pressure Spray Guns

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Mar 17, 2017

At Sprayer Depot, we offer various types of spray guns for the lawn & landscape, greenhouse, tree, and pest control industries.  From low-pressure, shower head pattern spray guns to high-pressure tall tree guns, our huge in-stock inventory means we can offer same day shipping on all orders placed up to 5:00 p.m (ET).  

Let's take a look at a few of our most popular spray guns:

Spray Guns 

JD9®-C High Pressure Spray Gun

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  • Green Garde JD9®-C high pressure spray gun 
  • Max 1000 psi
  • Adjustable from fine mist to long distance pencil stream by turning the barrel- Option to attach Green Garde 38919 root feeder
  • $136.75

FMC Jon Bean Model 785 Spray Gun

 

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  • FMC John Bean Model 785 spray gun
  • Heavy duty tall tree gun - 48 gpm and up to 800 psi
  • Adjustable from fine spray mist to a solid stream by mere twist of the wrist
  • $394.00

Lesco Chemlawn Spray Gun

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  • Lesco Chemlawn spray gun
  • Spray nozzles sold separately 
  • Popular for lawn care applications
  • $79.63

 

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Topics: JD9-C Spray Gun, lesco spray gun, tall tree spray gun

What Is a Chemical Eductor and Should I Have One on My Sprayer?

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Mar 14, 2017

Understanding the parts and features of your sprayer is important, and since it's common to use the same spray equipment for a variety of applications, it's important to understand the various sprayer parts and the way they work. Whether it is because your next job requires your sprayer be outfitted with certain features, or it’s because you are trying to find a replacement or an upgrade, understanding your sprayer's parts and components is the key to getting the most out of your equipment.

What is a Chemical Eductor?

Simply put, a chemical eductor is an attachment that includes a hopper and the correct connecting equipment to allow your sprayer to mix liquid and dry chemicals.Chemical-Eductor.jpg It's a mixing station for safe loading of chemicals into spray tanks. While it's typically used in agricultural applications, sprayer systems that use chemical eductors can be useful in many industries. Typically, in agricultural applications, chemical eductors allow for the mixing of multi-component pesticide sprays, the combination of water and fertilizer, and a variety of other applications.

Not only do eductors reduce environmental risks and minimize operator hazards,  they offer a self-contained mixing system that allows applicators to mix dry or liquid chemicals quickly and safely.  Any time the need for handling dangerous chemicals can be eliminated, the risk of hazardous spills is reduced. 

Choosing the Right Chemical Eductor

There are a couple of great options from Hypro that fit standard sprayer systems. The 3375P-05T5 model is the larger of the two, and it sports a 5.5 gallon hopper with a robust nozzle that rinses cleanly, so you know that your chemicals mix well and flush cleanly.  The 3375-P05T4, on the other hand, features a smaller 4.5 gallon hopper for greater maneuverability. One of our highly-trained Customer Service Technicians can help determine which one is right for your needs. Just call 800-228-0905. 

Download the Hypro Cleanload Chemical Eductor product manual by clicking HERE. Remember to always wear protective clothing when handling chemicals and pay attention to the warnings on the container labels.

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Topics: chemical eductors

Live Chat? Yes, Please.

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Mar 10, 2017

When you are buying spray equipment, you don't want to call a chat.jpgcompany to get a question answered, only to have to leave a message, then just wait and wait and wait until someone gets back to you on what device would be best to use. Here at Sprayer Depot, we understand what it means to provide exceptional customer service and we work hard to make sure our customers get it from us. We also know that when you are in the midst of making equipment-purchasing decisions, you don't want to have to spend a ton of time figuring out how to get ahold of someone in the first place.

Live Chat is Real-Time

This is why we have a Live Chat option on the Sprayer Depot website. This allows customers who have questions about a product to use their computer or phone keyboard to get real-time support from one of our knowledgeable customer service technicians. No waiting for a return email or getting put on “hold”. This quick and easy communication option is available during our normal business hours.

Customers using the Live Chat feature can simultaneously browse thousands of spray equipment products on on our website from brands like Hypro, Teejet, Kings Sprayers, Comet, CDS-John Blue and more. Browsing social media channels throughout the day?  Our customer service is equally as responsive on our social pages. Contact us via our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page and we'll respond promptly.

Ask Us Anything

This means that if you've hit Facebook to ask your friends for some product advice, you can ask our experts while you're at it. We want you to feel taken care of no matter the reason for your question. By offering so many ways for customers to get ahold of us, and committing to respond at "lightening speed", we're striving to provide the highest level of customer service in the spray equipment industry. 

Comment in the box below if you've used our Live Chat feature.

Topics: Hypro, customer service, Teejet, live chat

3 Impressive Examples of Custom Built Sprayers

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Mar 08, 2017

Spring is almost here and for many of us that means spray season is fast approaching. While sprayers are available in many configurations, with options for tank size, pump capacity, hose length and more, sometimes it makes sense to custom-build one to get exactly what you want. Our helpful Customer Service Technicians can talk you through the process and help determine if a custom-built sprayer is right for you.  

We thought it would be fun to share some of the most impressive custom-built sprayers ever to come out of Sprayer Depot.  These sprayer designs started out a "custom" models and have been requested so often that we've featured them on our website. Pretty cool.

Kings Sprayers

 

Kings Sprayers 200/100 Gallon Skid Sprayer

 

 

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  • Kings Sprayers 200/100 gallon dual tank skid sprayer with 10 gpm diaphragm pump & dual electric hose reels with 300' 1/2" ID hose
  • Great for tree-spraying and can be used in truck beds, utility vehicles, boats and trailers
  • $7,200.00

Kings Sprayers 500 Gallon Trailer Sprayer

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  • Kings Sprayers 500 gallon highway ready trailer sprayer w/ 35 gpm diaphragm pump & electric reel
  • Great for spraying trees up to 80' in the air-  high flow pump also great for drenching and transferring liquids quickly
  • $11,250.00

Kings Sprayers 535 Gallon Skid Sprayer

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  • Kings Sprayers 535 gallon skid sprayer with 15 gpm diaphragm pump and dual manual hose reels 
  • Dual manual hose reels with 300' 1/2" ID spray hose
  • $6,200.00

We're happy to help you determine which sprayer model best fits your business needs. Call, email or use the Live Chat feature on our website. However you choose to contact us, we're here to help!

 

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Topics: custom built sprayers, Kings Sprayers

Don't Miss the 2017 Kings Sprayers Buyer's Guide

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Mar 03, 2017

If you're in the market for a new sprayer, you won't want to miss the 2017 Kings Sprayers Buyer's Guide. See the entire line of Kings Sprayers, complete with sprayer dimensions, standard features, and options.  Use this Buyer's Guide to help determine which sprayer best fits your needs.

Click HERE to get the 2017 Kings Sprayers Buyer's Guide

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Let Us Help

Need help determining which sprayer best fits your needs? Our highly trained Customer Service Technicians are the best in the industry. Just check the customer reviews on our Facebook page, or take a look at this previous post about customer testimonials and it's pretty clear that our customers are extremely satisfied with the support they get from our customer service team. Not only that, our Bizrate score is a whopping 9.6 out of 10 stars. We're proud of our customer satisfaction rating and work hard to maintain it. Our knowledgeable team can answer you questions via phone, live chat, email, or even from our social media channels like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. 

QuickShip® Sprayers

There are 13 sprayers in the Kings Sprayers QuickShip® program. DawnK3PTH100B12-actual_BAN.jpgThese sprayers are in inventory and available to ship the SAME day.* No waiting required! Look for the "Ships Same Day" banner on our website. 

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*Must be ordered by 12:00 p.m. (ET)

Topics: Kings Sprayers, Quickship Sprayers, facebook

Keeping It Reel: Everything You Need to Know About Hose Reels

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Mar 01, 2017

Hose reels are an essential tool for spray applicators, no matter the industry. By allowing fluid to pass through the hose without taking all of the hose off the reel first, hose reels increase efficiency and offer ease-of-use, while keeping the hose Hannay-Hose-Reel.jpgorganized and out-of-the way. They are available in manual, spring rewind, and electric versions. But before you default to buying the least expensive or basic model, let's take a closer look at some of the features and benefits of each type of hose reel.

The Basics

There are two parts of a hose reel that influence what kind of hoses fit on it:

  1. The space between the discs 
  2. The diameter of the discs
A hose reel has two discs which keep the hose in place, and a wider space between them, along with larger discs means more hose can fit on the reel. Small reels may have only 7.5 inches between the discs, but larger ones may have discs that are two or more feet apart. In the specs of each model, you'll find information about what "ID" hose each can take, that's the inches in diameter and lets you know if the reel is appropriate for large or small hoses.

Manual & Spring Rewind Hose Reels

Hose reels can be powered by a few different sources, the most popular are manual and spring rewind. Manual hose reels require the user to physically roll the hose, using a handle or hand crank (dependent on the size and weight of the hose and reel). Spring rewind hose reels include a built-in pre-tensioned spring; once unlatched, the hose will automatically retract. 

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Electric Hose Reels

Electric hose reels are popular for jobs where the length & weight of the hose becomes much greater than a spring rewind can withstand, or in situations where reducing time between jobs is a top priority.

In deciding on a manual or electric hose reel, it's important to consider a few things. As their name implies, manual reels are cranked by hand and have many benefits including a more attractive price. However, they can be difficult to use especially if you have a very long and heavy hose. On the other hand, an electric hose reel can seem like a big investment but a key benefit is the simple click of a button will reel the hose back in an easy and convenient way.

Hose Reel Tips & Tricks

  • If you've got the space, select a reel with greater hose capacity than you require. This allows you to rewind the hose with less care and keeps the hose well protected within the disc dimension, even if the hose is not wound in uniform coils.
  • The hose reel swivel allows the drum to turn when the hose is unrolled and rolled. It contains rubber o-rings that are exposed to chemicas, weather conditions and heavy use. Regular inspection of the o-rings will prevent leaking and should be part of a regular maintenance program.
  • Keep an extra set of o-rings on hand so that repairs can be done in a timely manner

Need help? No problem. Our highly trained Customer Service Technicians can help figure out which hose reel best fits your needs, 800-228-0905.

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Topics: Hose Reels, o-rings, Electric Hose Reel, manual hose reel

Landscaper's Corner: Insights and Updates for Landscape Professionals

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Feb 24, 2017

A Complete Checklist to Get Ready for Spring

Contributed by Guest Blogger: Martin McGuane, owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service, Enfield CT

Finish Last Year’s Taxes

Many people look at landscaping as a seasonal business, which is partially true since actual field work is typically limited in many regions due to a cooler climate. Working Hard-1.jpgHowever, regardless of where you do business, there is a lot of work to do during the winter to prepare for the start of the spring season. One of the first things that we do once we finish our season in early January, is compile our tax files for the prior year. The last thing that we want when the busy season arrives is to be stuck in the accountant’s office. Complete your taxes as soon as possible: some of the numbers you come up with will be used to prepare for the spring.

Repair Trucks and Equipment

One of the more time-consuming projects you should do in the off-season is to get all trucks and equipment ready and inspected for the coming year. It’s likely that after a year of use, that both major and minor repairs will be required. Addressing these issues in the off-season ensures that once the weather cooperates, you are ready to hit the ground running.Kings-Sprayers.jpg This includes making sure that all trucks are registered and insured, with proper paperwork in all of the trucks.

Don’t forget to inspect your equipment and conduct all necessary repairs.

Our friends at Sprayer Depot published this helpful blog post with simple steps to get your spray equipment ready for spring. It also doesn’t hurt to pretty up some of the equipment with touch up paint.

“Crunch the Numbers”

Another project we do over the winter is take a long hard look at the numbers we gave the accountant in order to identify the key sources of revenue. Reviewing expenses is also important sprayer-depot.jpgbecause it helps determine which services are profitable. This is what I call “crunching the numbers”. This will help identify issues with pricing and determine whether or not specific services should be eliminated.

While “crunching the numbers”, be mindful of the fact that there is more to pricing than labor and material. It is very important to know your overhead. It can be broken down per week, day or man hour, but make sure to know your numbers.

 

Create a Marketing Strategy

Spring is EVERYTHING for most landscaping businesses. It’s the time when most homeowners make lawn and landscape decisions for the upcoming year. This is why the step of determining which services are profitable for your business is so important to do prior to developing a marketing plan. 

Timing matters. Scheduling your mailing or other advertising so that it hits potential customers at the time they are making their vendor decision is essential. For example, If you are in the tree spraying or lawn fertilizing business, homeowners typically make these decisions in April or early May. Don’t expect your advertising to work very well if they first receive information about you in June.

Meet With Vendors

Winter is a great time to meet with vendors and review pricing for the coming year. This information is necessary to determine if a new pricing schedule is needed. Most of our vendors submit their best quote early in order to secure our business, and most will honor this price for the entire season. We also use time in the off-season to take inventory and place orders for everything we need for early spring. If possible, we even try to schedule delivery dates. Preparation is the key to success! Make sure to look at your year-end numbers when ordering for the spring.

Send Reminder Letters

Reminder letters are a great opportunity to get in front of customers. Requiring a “signed contract” each year is one way to reestablish a connection with an existing customer and potentially “upsell” them additional services. For example, this year we are preparing a mailing to go out to all tree spraying customers who have not yet signed up for our lawn fertilization program. 

To summarize, here are the 6 steps to get your landscaping business ready for spring: 

  1. Finish last year’s taxes
  2. Repair trucks and equipment
  3. “Crunch your numbers”
  4. Create your marketing strategy
  5. Meet with your vendors
  6. Send out reminder letters

About the Author:

Martin McGuane is the owner and operator of McGuanes Landscaping and Tree Service Inc, www.mcguanes.com which has been servicing Central Connecticut and Western Massachusetts since 1987. Martin is a 1981 graduate of the University of Connecticut's School of Agriculture. He is a Connecticut licensed arborist and has a Custom Ground Supervisor license in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. He also holds a CT Irrigation License.

 

Topics: Landscaper's Corner

Equip Your Company With the Latest Spray Equipment for a Successful 2017

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Now that the New Year has come and gone, it’s time to stock up for your next busy season. You can set yourself up for success by updating your spray equipment inventory. Need help figuring out what parts or equipment you need? Don't stress out over it. Spray Equipment Inventory Checklist.pngCall us instead. We specialize in providing our customers with the technical and product information to fit all types of spray equipment, even if you didn't buy it from us. In this post let's take a look at some of the top products all spray applicators should have to kick off the spring season:

Commercial Sprayers

We carry the complete line of Kings Sprayers, frankly because we've found that they are among the best sprayers available on the market. Using 6061 lightweight and chemical resistant aircraft grade aluminum frame, Kings Sprayers will never rust or need painting. Whether you're looking at a Kings Sprayer 100 Gallon Skid Sprayer, or a standard Kings Sprayer 25 Gallon Standard Sprayer, we're confident you're going to love your sprayer.

Spray Guns

Looking to replace an old spray gun for something with a more powerful performance? The gold standard for heavy duty spraying is the JD9®-C High Pressure Spray Gun. If your budget won’t allow you to stock up on these top-quality spray guns, an alternative is our Replacement for Greensmaster JD9®-C Spray Gun. At almost half the price of the original model, this product is an affordable option that allows your operation to still get the same performance as the original spray gun. Since the Replacement Gun is a copy of the Greensmaster JD9®-C High-Pressure Spray Gun, it has the same pressure rating and uses the same nozzles and repair kits.

Spray Hoses and Sprayer Accessories

Of course, to reduce downtime it’s always a good idea to to keep sprayer parts and accessories on hand, like high pressure hoses, diaphragms kits and pumps. Some of our customers order a length of hose by the foot for a custom amount, or many choose a pre-selected roll, like this 400 foot roll.

For the do-it-yourselfers who want to give their spray equipment a little TLC, we offer repair kits and many instructional videos to help get your equipment back to tip-top shape. Check out this Diaphragm Pump Repair Kit as an inexpensive option vs. purchasing a new pump. 

Remember to keep on hand replacements and sprayer accessories for your fleet of sprayers, like strainers, pressure gauges, and pump oil, to name a few.

Investing in the right equipment can help make 2017 your best year yet. By ensuring your equipment is in excellent working order, your team can tackle even the toughest customers’ needs better and faster than ever so you can get started on the road for another successful and lucrative year in business.

 

Topics: sprayers, Spray Hose, spring checklist, diaphram pump

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