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2015 Sprayer Related Industry Trends

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jan 07, 2015

designed by Freepik.comAs we close the books on 2014, let’s take a look at what’s in store for sprayer-related industries in 2015. The US economy continues to rebound and so do many of the sprayer-related industries we’ll cover here. Using industry reports and news as a source, we’ve provided a top-line view of the 2015 outlook for the lawn and landscape, pest control, golf and recreation, agriculture, and horticulture industries.

Lawn & Landscape 2015 Outlook

As the industry rebounds, reports here and here show that the improving housing market, commercial construction and property occupancy rates are among positive factors that boosted the industry last year and project an even stronger 2015. Not only are landscape companies anticipating increases in installation and maintenance, but equipment dealers are also seeing solid gains. 

Pest Control 2015 Outlook

IBIS World, a market research company, reports that the pest control industry is in the growth phase of its life cycle citing rising demand for industry services due to increased number of pests and use of extermination services. It’s interesting to note that Forbes.com recently reported on a Sageworks study that lists Services to Building and Dwellings, including pest control, as a top five industry to start a business.

Golf & Recreation 2015 Outlook

Mike Zawacki, editor of the Golf Course Industry magazine, said it best in that “we’re constantly discussing the state of the industry … as we see it.” His recap shares that being good stewards of existing resources, such as water, will continue to be a focus for the industry as we all seek to create a more sustainable and environmentally responsible golf course. This is a theme not just for golf, but also for many industries in this post.

Agriculture 2015 Outlook

The Agriculture industry outlook is up and down. According to recent reports from BusinessWeek and Farm Equipment, farm machinery sales are projected to continue to slump in 2015 as a result of falling crop prices, though other factors also appear to be contributing to an overall slowdown. To that end, the Des Moines Register reported the Department of Agriculture said farmers predicted plantings of the eight major field crops – corn soybeans, wheat, cotton, sorghum, barley, oats and rice – will amount to 3.8 million acres less than 2014 calculations. It’s not all bad though; long-term industry outlooks remain unchanged from current levels and show slow, steady gains.

Horticulture 2015 Outlook

In the Horticulture Industry, the Garden Media Group 2015 Garden Trends Report shows an interesting consumer focus towards products that are environmentally friendly and safe. While there’s still debate according to Horticulture Week about the flower of the year, one thing these reports all shed light on is a focus for consumers to spend more time outdoors. That great news extends to lawn and landscape industry vendors as well.

Of course, what these reports convey can only be taken with a grain of salt as each business and region within a given sector may experience varied results than the industry projection. To that end, no one can truly project what’s in store. For the most part, the overall economy continues to rebound creating a trickle effect that bolsters each industry outlook as well.

Here’s to getting into the habit of writing 2015 on everything.

Happy Spraying!

 

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Topics: Sprayer Depot, sprayers, landscaper, pest control, golf course maintenance, golf course sprayers, lawn sprayers, Ag Sprayers, sprayer tips and tricks, horticulture, industry outlook

Water Use Peaks in July: 5 Tips to Smart Spraying

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Jul 08, 2014

July is Smart Irrigation MonthWhether you manage a farm, run Public Works or maintain a golf course, managing and conserving resources to improve water availability is key. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, of the 26 billion gallons of water consumed daily in the United States, approximately 7.8 billion gallons (30%), is devoted to outdoor expenditures with the majority used for irrigation. As you might have assumed, the amount of water used outdoors
peaks during the summer, particularly during the month of July.

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We all need to do our part to conserve and given that it is Smart Irrigation Month, an initiative dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation empowering professionals with knowledge to help save water, we at Sprayer Depot thought it was only fitting to provide a refresher with a few strategies to help you do your part to conserve this natural resource. Here’s to spraying smarter.

Off the top of your head, you might be thinking of water conservation tips like determining the amount and timing of irrigation for efficient water use. You’re right on track. Another tactic to consider is monitoring water application for crop needs and soil moisture content. Take a look at the five tips below to ensure you spray smarter during Smart Irrigation Month: 

  • Consider soil type. Type of soil determines how quickly water can be absorbed without runoff. Watering more than soil can absorb causes runoff and waste. Light sandy soils hold less water than heavy clay soils.
  • Water only when needed. Saturate root zones and let the soil dry. Watering too much and too frequently results in shallow roots, weed growth, disease and fungus. Learn your crop’s water requirements by determining how much water the crop has used, then on the next irrigation only water long enough to replace that amount of moisture.
  • Water at the best time. Watering during the heat of the day may cause losses of up to 30 percent due to evaporation. Prevent water loss by watering when the sun is low or down, winds are calm and temperatures are cool – typically between the evening and early morning.
  • Water more often for shorter periods. For example, watering for three, 5-minute intervals let soil absorb more water than watering for 15 minutes at one time, reducing runoff.
  • Adapt watering to the season. Adjust the watering schedule regularly based on seasonal weather conditions. These vary by state and region. For example, many utilities rely on stored water from winter snowpack that gradually releases water from the melting snow during spring and summer. And the monsoon season in the Southwestern United States causes flash flooding during the summer season, effecting crops and landscapes alike.

In addition to these strategies to conserve water, you should also inspect your sprayer equipment to ensure it is in proper working order, free of leaks. Read our recent post on sprayer pump repair kits and routine maintenance if you haven’t already conducted your seasonal sprayer inspection.

Smart Irrigation Month is an initiative of the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation.

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Hose Reels: Used and Abused

Posted by Matt Drndak on Wed, Jul 20, 2011

 

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Be Kind to Your Hose Reel

Hose Reels can take a lot of abuse.   Whether you’re a professional landscaper, pest control technician or golf course superintendent (or other professional that uses a hose reel on a regular basis), you’re most likely using your Hose Reel every day, all day long.  As a result of this constant use, you may find yourself replacing the Hose Reel Swivels several times during the life of the Hose Reel.

Hose Reel Swivels:  Tips and Tricks

Got a leaking Hose Reel Swivel?  The quickest and easiest repair is to simply replace the Swivel.  A less expensive option may be to repair the Swivel with a Repair Kit of seals and ball bearings.  

To replace the seals and ball bearings on the Swivel, follow these steps:Super Swivel Repair Kit

  1. Remove the grease fitting

  2. Rotate the swivel to remove the ball bearings

  3. Pull the two halves apart and clean the swivel thoroughly

  4. Install the replacement seals and ball bearings

Choose a Hose Reel that’s Right for You

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When you want a Hose Reel that just gets the job done, a Manual Hose Reel is the hose reel of choice. Its basic design is easy to use:  Simply turn the crank handle to rewind the hose, and using your other hand, guide the hose back onto the reel.

Electric Hose Reel

Fast and easy, an Electric Hose Reel can make your day a little brighter.  By coiling the hose quickly and efficiently, you not only save your arm muscles from a workout, you may even extend the life of your hose.

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Topics: Hose Reels, landscaper, pest control, golf course maintenance, hose reel swivels

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