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Sprayer Depot Recognizes National Water Quality Month

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Aug 14, 2015

As one of the leaders in the spray equipment industry, we make an effort to inform customers of initiatives that are not only eco-friendly, but will also help your business save time and money. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated August as the National Water Quality Month and in an effort to create awareness on the importance of preserving water quality, we have 3 great tips you can implement as part of your spraying routine:

  • Wait for dry weather. It’s good business practice to check the forecast before you spray pesticides, herbicides or other chemicals. Spraying before a rainy or windy day will not only result in a less effective application but also in wasted chemicals and a higher chance of chemical run-off that affects the soil and bodies of water nearby.

  • Harvest rainwater. Using rainwater lowers your water consumption and helps recycle a free resource. Poly tanks make great containers to collect and store rainwater to be used for spraying. And we stock them in many shapes and sizes.

  • Check your sprayer. Perform routine maintenance on your sprayer and check for leaks or malfunctioning parts that may increase the potential for accidental spills.

Check out our past blog post 3 Tips to Eco-Friendly Spraying for more tips on spraying smarter. Do you have advice on conserving water and maintaining water quality? We would love to hear how your dedicated conservation efforts are paying off, so share your advice below.


Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Sprayer Depot, sprayer, water conservation tips, spray smarter, poly tanks, eco-friendly, sustainability, Spray maintenance, water consumption, quality water

July is Smart Irrigation Month

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jul 24, 2015


Let’s be honest, how many of us really implement a water conservation strategy into our spraying program? Chances are, not that many. Fresh water is a precious commodity we are lucky to enjoy. Unfortunately, recent numbers show a severe increase in drought levels around the U.S.

Research from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) also shows that “45% of freshwater use is by industry, 42% by agriculture and 13% for domestic purposes.” Without getting too deep into the topic, we want to help spread the word that July is Smart Irrigation Month. This is an initiative launched in 2005 by the Irrigation Association (IA) to highlight the importance of water-use efficiency.

We think this is a great time to also remind you that small changes in your spraying habits can help conserve water and will help improve some of that bad reputation our industry sometimes gets. 

3 easy suggestions to help you reduce water consumption:

  • Make sure you are using the appropriate nozzle size for the type of application. This can decrease your water consumption by making sure that the drop size is appropriate and you are not overmisting, overspraying or overwetting. You also want to check that the nozzles are positioned correctly to ensure good coverage.
  • Check the hose, switch and tank of your sprayer for leaks. Believe or not, leaks are not always obvious and can go undetected for a while. Even if you haven’t noticed a performance change that would indicate a leak, it’s worth making sure that everything is working properly.
  • Establish a plan that helps you keep track of your spray equipment’s maintenance and remember to perform timely tune-ups to all sprayer parts. We recently featured a Sprayer Maintenance FAQs blog post that can help you get started with servicing your sprayer.

Head to the Irrigation Association's official website for the latest tools and resources to learn more about efficient water use. 

Join the initiative and tell us how you conserve water and reduce waste. If you have some helpful tips, share them in the comments below!


Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, sprayer, Spray Hose, smart irrigation, water conservation tips, Smart Irrigation Month, spray smarter, sustainability, Spray maintenance, nozzles

3 Tips to Eco-Friendly Spraying

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jun 03, 2015

3tipsecoWe often talk about tips to get the most out of our sprayer but how about tips to minimize our ecological footprint? Today we’ll talk about ways to reduce our impact by spraying responsibly. These 3 tips are easy to implement and will have a positive impact on our environment.


1. Maintaining your Sprayer 

Spraying season is here, this means your trusted sprayer needs to be serviced more often than usual to minimize waste. Replacing worn-out spray nozzles, calibrating your system, changing the oil, and inspecting the hose are just a few of the things you need to do to make sure your sprayer is working as efficiently as possible. Routine maintenance of your equipment will help keep water and chemical waste down and productivity up. 

2. Choosing the right equipment for the job 

Would you use a saw to cut paper? Didn’t think so! It is important to choose the right sprayer for the size of the project. When selecting your sprayer, consider the type of project and the coverage area to determine the right pressure and droplet size to maximize efficiency. You want to make sure you are not overdosing and causing unnecessary pollution and contamination. 

3. Timing truly is everything 

Our last tip is to remind you of the importance of good timing. Decide when and how often you should spray. Take into consideration the weather and how the temperature can affect your spraying efforts. Good timing will not only provide cost-saving results but will also reduce the amount of chemicals used. 

Whether your project is big or small, these tips can help your business become more eco-friendly. Spray safely and responsibly! 

Topics: Maintenance, Sprayer Depot, sprayers, spray tips, eco-friendly, sustainability

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