While spray season may be the farthest thing from your mind with winter weather in high gear, now is the time to get prepared. Focusing your attention on your spray equipment during the off-season could save you time and money when the season heats up.
We put together 7 Tips to Prepare for Spray Season in an effort to help you create your checklist and well, be prepared. Let’s take a look at a few of the top priorities here. Then, keep scrolling to download the complete guide and checklist at the end of the post.
Now is the time to check your inventory and restock parts that you know will wear out during the season. With lower demand and savings all around you’re likely to get a better deal on these items now, than you will when the spray season is in full swing. Sprayer parts that tend to wear out often involve the spray pump, so having a pump repair kit on hand could mean you’re only delayed a few hours to repair the part, versus the time it would take for you to purchase the product when you need it most. Other parts may include regulators, spray guns, hoses and fittings. Spray tips can also be a cause for delay, as are worn o-rings, to name a few. Of course, by now the wheels are likely turning and you’re on your way to making that list of parts you typically need in a season. Having these items on hand before it kicks into gear can save you time and money in the long run. After all, you can’t afford to be down in season waiting for parts!
I may sound like a nag, but we can’t say it enough – calibrate. It seems like we’re always telling you to calibrate your sprayer and then recalibrate your sprayer, but it’s important to check the gallon-per-acre (GPA) application rate, and well, that can only be done by – you guessed it – calibration. Just make sure you’re using clean water to reduce the risk of contact with chemicals and wear safety equipment. Check out one of the many calibration apps to make the process run more smoothly too.
Ok, ok. That’s a funny word, but we’re going with a repetitive theme here. Make sure all of your legal documents and licenses are in order. Some of you are required to meet certain continuing education (CE) hours or take exams, etc. Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your information and ensure your license is sparkling (i.e. in good standing).
For the complete list of tips to prepare you for spray season, download the 7 Tips to Prepare for Spray Season by clicking the button below.