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4 of the Best Apps for Landscapers

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Apr 21, 2017

Landscaping is hard work - there are so many aspects to the job that center on the ability to create someone else's perfect greenery. TurfPath-App.jpgHere are four of the best apps that landscapers can use to "work smarter, not harder". 

  • Landscaper's Companion App - user friendly, this app contains a massive database of local plants, consisting of over 26,000 plants in their database. 21,000 photos of plants will help you identify on the go with the mobile app. Possesses neat tools for landscapers to make plant lists and share with clients in just minutes.
  • TurfPath App - a mobile app designed to help landscapers and enthusiasts alike determine turfgrass pests with visual identification. A necessity for any landscaper to get the job done right, with a constantly expanding database and an open network - communicate with other experts for advice and opinions. No pests, no problem.
  • PRO Landscape Companion App - the first of its kind, this app is designed specifically for iPads and tablets. Create and design your landscaping ideas within minutes to give clients a visual and a quote. With the ability to move your designs to your computer and over 12,000 images to use in the expansive image library, this is a definite must have for landscapers.
  • Weather Underground App - any landscaper worth their weight in salt knows how important the weather can be when trying to work. This app gives current microclimate conditions around the globe from over 200,000 weather stations around the world. Features also include crowd reports and webcams concerning weather - don't ever sweat the weather again.

Topics: landscaper, pest control, landscapping

Product Highlight: Shurflo Pumps

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Apr 18, 2017

At Sprayer Depot, we carry all the brands you know and trust, including pump brands Hypro, Banjo, Udor, Comet, Myers, CDS-John Blue, Ace, Delavan, Du-All and more.  In this post, we'll go beyond the basics with SHURFLO® pumps. For all your spraying needs, big jobs or small, SHURFLO® has a pump that will get the task done. 

SHURFLO® 2088 Series diaphragm pumps deliver reliable performance in high flow, moderate pressure applications. These pumps are great for some of your more heavy duty jobs like agricultural spraying or transfer of vast amounts of fluid. Shurflo-2088-Pump.jpgThe great part is that they are designed for lots of use and are easy to maintain. They are designed with a corrosion-resistant framework and made with chemical-resistant materials so you can reliably pump the fluids you need to without worrying about damage to your equipment. They can be mounted in any position and come with a pump body that is fully repairable. What happens if you accidentally leave it running until the fluid runs dry? Nothing! These have been tested to run dry without damage to the integrity of the pump! 

The 8000 Series diaphragm pump is SHURFLO®'s most widely used industrial pump. It is widely used in the agricultural and landscaping industries because it can deliver up to 1.8 GPM (6.8 l/min) providing maximum performance in a wide range of applications. These pumps are designed to provide consistent, dependable performance no matter what position you mount them in or how much you intend to use them. They are self-priming and maintain pressures up to 150 PSI. They come standard with an automatic demand switch and a built-in check valve. Like the 2088 series, these can also run dry without damage to the pump. 

The SLV pump offers tremendous value for low-volume spraying needs. It is extremely cost-effective if you have a smaller sized job to do. SLVAA40-Thumb.jpgIts compact size makes it ideal for transportation to off-site jobs and has an extremely low power consumption. Like other SHURFLO® pumps, it too, is chemically resistant to prevent corrosion and breakage of essential equipment. It is also self-priming, but at a much shorter distance than the 8000 series.  

You can learn more about these SHURFLO® pumps on our website or contact our customer service department to answer any questions you may have at 800-228-0905.

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Topics: Hypro, sprayer pumps, Shurflo, cds-john blue

Three Things That Could Make or Break Your Spray Season

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Apr 14, 2017

When the success of your business relies on your ability to provide uninterrupted service, you don't want to find yourself in a situation where you can't follow through on scheduling commitments. 

Three things that can make or break your business this season: Hypro Control Regulator.jpg

Equipment Breaking On-the-Job: Imagine just pulling in to service a large and important client. You get all set up to begin the day’s work when suddenly your sprayer loses pressure. If only you had an extra pressure regulator on hand to fix your equipment! Keeping your equipment running smoothly is an important part of running any business. By having extra parts on hand you could be preventing an otherwise disastrous day!  

Waiting for a Part to Come: Perhaps you’ve ordered the parts you need to fix your supplies, but now have to await their arrival in the mail. Ground shipping was the most affordable option but heavy spring rain storms have delayed the process. Every day you wait to fix your equipment is one more day that your client is unhappy.  Hypro-Spray-Tip.jpgTry to keep commonly used items on hand. That way you are never caught in a situation which leaves you waiting for parts to come in. For instance, you can never have too much spray hose.  You can cut down on additional wear on your hose by storing it on a reel and keeping these swivel attachments on hand. It's always better to be prepared, so that you aren't wasting valuable time.

At Sprayer Depot, it's our top priority to help reduce your downtime. That's why we offer SAME DAY SHIPPING for all orders placed by 5:00 p.m. (ET). Guaranteed!  

Delayed by the Repair Man: Another way you can lose serious business this season is in the event you have to wait for someone else to make repairs to your equipment for you. Every day that passes in which you have to sub out a repair job, you are losing money. Sometimes repairs can take days or even weeks to complete. Having some basic repair kits on hand can help you keep costly repair time at bay. 

If you're in the Orlando, FL area, you can always bring any needed repairs to our Repair Department. We've got the fastest turn-around time in the business. We'll get you up and running in in no time.

Remember, keeping your business on schedule this season is as easy as making sure you've always got a stockpile of the things you need on hand.  

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Topics: Sprayer Parts, Spray Hose, spray tip, spray season

Do These 3 Things to Get Your Sprayer Ready For Spring

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Spring brings with it a long to-do list for all of us. This is especially true for businesses involved with the spray industry because it's typically the start of the busiest season of the year. No matter if your business is lawn and landscape, 20150827_154727.jpgpest control related, or agriculturally focused, you’ll want to have your spray equipment in tip-top shape and ready to take on a busy job load. By following just a few simple tips you'll have your sprayer ready to go, and you'll reduce the chance of unfortunate equipment break-downs. It's always a good idea to be as prepared as possible in order to keep your work flow on track.

Just follow these three easy tips to ensure your sprayer is ready for action:

1. Temperature control: You should always make sure the weather is warm enough for your sprayer to function properly and avoid damage before you start running it. It doesn’t have to be a balmy, beach-worthy day, but the temperature should always be above the freezing point of water. If liquid has frozen in any of the lines and hoses it can cause damage the sprayer's ability to function. Replacing spray hose is a simple process and it comes in a variety of lengths. You can purchase new hose by the roll or by the foot

2. Flush and Lube:  After a long winter of standing idle, it's important to flush out your sprayer with clean water before you use it. Remember to drain your sprayer in a safe location, especially if you’ve had toxic materials inside. You will also want to lubricate the pump following the manufacturer’s directions.

3. Restock your extra parts: It’s generally a good idea to have a stockpile of parts on hand, including a variety of spray tips and nozzles. You should also consider buying a JD9C-Spray-Gun.jpgcommon spray gun repair kit  like one for the popular JD9-C Spray Gun. Restocking sprayer parts every spring as part of your seasonal inventory plan is a great way to make sure you aren’t forgetting anything.

 If you need any help choosing the right nozzles or other accessories for your specific sprayer please contact our knowledgeable sales team at 800-228-0905 to assist you in choosing the parts you need. Our wide selection of spray equipment, parts and accessories are in-stock and available to ship. Contact us today to get yourself ready for the spring season!

 

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Topics: JD9-C Spray Gun, Spray Hose, spring checklist, sprrayers

What You'll Need to Combat Gypsy Moths This Season

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Apr 07, 2017

With the return of spring comes the return of some of our favorite things: sunshine, daffodils, warm breezes, and blue skies. Unfortunately for the North East, it can also mean the return of the dreaded gypsy moth. Gypsy-Moth.jpgAccording to the Boston Globe, “environmental officials are predicting widespread defoliation from gypsy moths again in 2017…[and] forest health specialists are advising people to hire certified arborists or someone licensed to apply… pesticides to bring the population back down to manageable levels.”

About Gypsy Moths

It is one of the most damaging pests because it has the ability to defoliate over a million acres of trees in a single year. Gypsy moths get their name from their ability to stow away on moving objects; dispersal occurs when people transport gypsy moth eggs thousands of miles from infested areas on cars, firewood, household goods, and other personal possessions. They are also often transported on shipments of nursery stock.

It’s the caterpillars that are particularly problematic to homeowners because only the caterpillar stage of the gypsy moth feeds. The caterpillars feed on more than 500 tree species but especially like oak and other hardwoods. They eat the leaves, and can completely strip trees of greenery. This causes the trees to become more vulnerable to damage. These damages then will potentially cause death to the tree if they're harmed repeatedly over a few years.

Fighting Gypsy Moths With the Right Spray Equipment

What do you do if you find these troublesome caterpillars? Pesticides may be the most effective method of reducing the number of larvae and protecting the foliage of trees. However, managing the gypsy moth can be a difficult task if you don’t have the correct equipment because they tend to prefer trees that are taller than the typical pesticide sprayer can handle, with larva usually emerging in trees that are 45-90 feet tall.

The type of equipment needed for this range of tree height are the larger skid and trailer sprayers. For the tallest trees on the property you will need a large capacity Sprayer-for-Gypsy-Moths.jpgsprayer with a long-range. The Kings Sprayer 735 Gallon Skid Sprayer can handle spraying 75-80' in the air. It's great for tree-spraying and can be used in truck beds, utility vehicles, boats and trailers. A slightly more compact option would be a tow-behind two-wheeled sprayer like this one, but its compact size decreases its spray capacity and will only reach tree heights of about 65’. 

For smaller trees applying a pesticide using a smaller two-wheeled Kings-Sprayers-200-Gallon-Trailor-Sprayerjpg.jpgsprayer like this 200 Gallon 2-Wheel Sprayer is your best bet. This sprayer can be easily towed behind a utility vehicle and can reach trees with heights in the range of 45’-50’.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service has more information available about the impending descent of the gypsy moth upon our yards and trees, here.

 

Topics: Kings Sprayers, pest control, gypsy moths, Pest control sprayers

Shhhh... 3 Big Reasons Why You Need an Electric Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Apr 04, 2017

As spring arrives, so do those phone calls from potential clients. If you are receiving a lot of work from clients who live in communities with noise ordinances or Home Owner Associations (HOAs), Kings-Sprayers-Electric-Sprayer.jpgor you simply want to be more considerate to those who live around your job site, you should consider adding an electric sprayer to your inventory. These sprayers are significantly more quiet than many other models and will allow you to get the job done efficiently while being respectful to the neighborhood... at any time of day. Plus, you'll be able to promote this option to potential clients, making you stand out from the competition.


Electric sprayers also offer a few other added benefits:

Electric sprayers allow for a more eco-friendly company. In today’s world where clients are Kings-Sprayers-4-Wheel-Electric-Sprayer.jpgbecoming more and more concerned about environmental issues, it is important to present your company with as “green” an image as possible. Since these sprayers don’t use gasoline they are cleaner than a gas guzzling engine.  


Additionally, they often have a lower cost than many gas-powered sprayers. You can get commercial-grade quality, but still save some money if you’re looking for something that can be used in truck beds, utility vehicles, boats and trailers. A 50 gallon skid sprayer offers an economical price but doesn’t lack in efficiency.  


Similarly, electric sprayers generally take up less space in the vehicle. Kings-Sprayers-100-Gallon-Electric.jpgThe electric pump & motor is usually smaller than a gas operated sprayer which will allow you to use a smaller vehicle for transport. This 100-gallon model is only 38 inches wide which will leave more space in your truck bed for other equipment.  


Silence is golden. If neighborhood of golf course work draws your business this season electric engines will be your best bet as they make almost no noise as opposed to gas-powered sprayers. This can allow you operator to operate earlier in the day without disturbing clients and neighbors or ruining someone’s perfect golf swing. You’d want a model that can be pulled behind a utility vehicle for golf course use, which also has an electric motor to reduce disruptions. 

If you’re in need of new or quieter spray equipment this season, let us help you. Talk to one of our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians at 800-228-0905.

Topics: spray equipment, Kings Sprayers, benefits of electric sprayers

Key Facts You Need to Know About National Pest Management Month

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Mar 31, 2017

April is National Pest Management Month

April is National Pest Management Month, a public observance National-Pest-Management-Month.jpgcelebrated for nearly 40 years by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) to acknowledge the role pest professionals play in protecting public health and property from significant pest threats.

“Every day, pest professionals work to protect people and properties from the potential diseases and damage caused by pests,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs at NPMA. “This industry commitment was brought to light in 2016 when the United States was introduced to a new disease – Zika virus. This, in addition to the countless other pest-related illnesses, such as Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Dengue fever, Hantavirus and more illustrates that pests are not just an unsightly nuisance, and proper pest control is necessary to reduce and protect against pest threats.” Spring also happens to be the perfect time to for homeowners to pest-proof their homes and take proactive measures to protect their properties.

Pest Control Tips

For the second year in a row, NPMA has partnered with renowned home improvement expert, Bob Vila to offer tips and advice to homeowners on ways they can prepare their homes to defend against spring and summer pests such as termites, stinging insects, mosquitoes and ants. NPMA and Bob Vila offer the following home pest-proofing tips: 

  • Conduct an audit of the home’s perimeter, taking note of any cracks, winter damage or termite mud tubes
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    Seal outside cracks, including entry points for utilities and pipes, with a silicone-based caulk
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    Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows
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    Eliminate sources of standing water around the house and clean clogged gutters
    Remove rotted tree stumps, keep mulch at least 15 feet away from the home’s foundation and trim bushes and branches away from the home
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    In case of an infestation, work with a licensed pest professional to properly identify the problem and determine the best treatment method

 

About the National Pest Management Association

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from the diseases and dangers of common household pests. For more information, visit PestWorld.org, the official website of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

Topics: pest control, Mosquitoes, Zika virus

These Popular Handheld and Backpack Sprayers Are In-Stock & Ready to Ship

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Mar 28, 2017

With so many backpack and handheld sprayers on the market, having a grasp on the features and benefits of each type is the key to making the right purchasing decision. Solo-Handheld-Sprayer.jpgThis product category spans a wide price range, from inexpensive handheld sprayers like the Solo 1 Gallon Handheld Sprayer to more expensive models like the Hudson Porta-Pak™ Ultra Low Volume Applicator.

In this this post we’ll feature a few of our most popular products in this category. Make sure to check our website to see our complete line of backpack and handheld sprayers. And remember, you can order as late as 5:00 p.m. (ET) and still get SAME DAY shipping!

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B&G "Green" Sprayer 18" Wand

  • Promotes a "Green Image" to your customers
  • For use with all natural products, most common insecticides, and non-Repellent type products
  • Features a 9" or 18" extension and a chemical resistant hose
  • $315.91
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Solo Deluxe 4-Gallon Diaphragm Pump BackpackSprayer

  • Effectively handles disinfectants, fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides in wettable powder, liquid formulations and bleach solutions
  • Extra large carrying handle with wand retainer for easy portability
  • The rugged high-density polyethylene tank and chemical-resistant internal Viton seals in key locations ensure long life and durability
  • $132.95
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Accu-Spray Professional (4-Way Tip)

  • The compact design allows insecticide to be applied to areas where insect activity is present
  • High efficiency pump requires less than 10 strokes to pressurize
  • 16 oz. capacity
  • $174.14

 

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Hudson 1.3-Gallon Heavy Duty Acetone Sprayer

  • Designed and built specifically for use with Acetone based products -perfect for today's sealers and stains
  • Features all EPDM seals and gaskets which are resistant to Acetone
  • Adjustable cone pattern nozzle and flat fan spray tip
  • $90.51

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Topics: Backpack Sprayer, hudson sprayers, handheld sprayer, solo sprayers

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

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