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How to Overcome the Top 3 Problems of Tall Tree Spraying

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, May 03, 2017

Spraying tall trees can be tricky business. The need to reach extreme heights can present challenges for spray applicators. At Sprayer Depot, we're always touting the importance of having the right equipment for the job, and this is especially true in tall tree spraying. The "one size fits all" approach does not apply!

tree-spraying.jpgFor example, we get calls from customers who want to use their existing sprayer and simply purchase a new spray gun to spray to further heights.  Unfortunately, this is not how it works: the whole system needs to be adequate.  If you don’t use the right tank, pump, spray hose or spray gun you won’t hit the desired distance.  

Here are 3 important things to consider when spraying tall trees: 

  1. Pick the right tank size - It's necessary for the tank capacity to be 5 - 6 times the max flow rate of the pump. We recommend the largest tank possible while still fitting space requirements. One of the main issues with using a tank that's too small is that the high flow rate of most pumps will empty a small tank quickly and create cavitation in the lines which leads to decreased performance. 
  2. Pick the right pump, spray hose, and spray gun - In order to proper height when spraying tall trees, both flow and pressure are required. So a spray hose with with a diameter large enough that it does not restrict  the flow of the liquid is essential. High pressure will atomize the droplets and allow them to reach increased heights. 
  3. Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) - PPE protects the body from  hazardous chemicals. To reduce the risk of harm or injury, professional spray applicators should wear face, eye, skin, and hand protection.

Use this helpful guide when determining what equipment to use for tall tree spraying:

Height Pump Engine Spray Hose Spray Gun
Spray 40'

Hypro D30GRGI 

Udor KAPPA43GR

 5.5 HP Honda Engine 1/2” ID Spray Hose

JD9C Replacement 

JD9-C 

Udor Turbine Spray Gun

Spray 50'

Hypro D50GRGI8

Udor KAPPA55GR8

9 HP Honda Engine  1/2” ID Spray Hose 

JD9-C with XL Tip

Udor Turbine Spray Gun

Spray 60'

Hypro D813GRGI

Udor KAPPA75GR

 13 HP Engine 1/2” ID Spray Hose
Udor Turbine Spray Gun
Spray 70'

Hypro D1064GRGI

Udor KAPPA100GR

 20 HP Engine 3/4” ID Spray Hose Long Range Spray Gun 
Spray 80'-90' KAPPA120GR 20 HP Honda Engine 3/4” ID Spray Hose

Long Range Spray Gun 

FMC 785 Spray Gun

To read more about tall tree spray guns, take a look at this prior blog post

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Topics: spray equipment, JD9 Spray Gun, Tall Tree Guns, spraying trees

If You Liked “Tall Tree Spray Guns” Then You’ll Love This

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Aug 24, 2016

One of Our Most Popular Blog Posts

"Tall Tree Spray Guns" is one of our most popular blog posts, with more than 4,000 views. We know that selecting the right spray gun for this particular task can be confusing, so in this post we'll highlight a few best practices when spraying tall trees, and focus on a few key features to consider when picking the best spray gun for the job.

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First things first: be prepared. Here's of list of what you'll need:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including goggles
  • Chemical application required to treat tree
  • High-pressure sprayer 
  • Tall tree spray gun
  • 3/4-inch diameter hose that withstands 800 psi

Remember your choice of chemical treatment will vary depending upon the issue you are addressing such as pest infestations or disease. Place the chemical treatment into the tank of the high-pressure sprayer, following manufacturer directions.

Best Practices

When spraying trees, it's best practice to place the sprayer in an area that allows you to spray toward the tree limbs at an angle, making sure the chemical is not likely to fall on you. Aiming at an angle also offers the advanctage of allowing the chemical to go between tree branches instead of being blocked by lower branches.

The goal is to adjust the spray so that it sends a focused stream to the height of the tree limbs. In order to avoid tearing the tree's leaves, the sprayer must get the chemical fluid to the proper height, so that the spray stream converts to a fine mist that can coat the branches and leaves.

Cornell University Cooperative Extension published this helpful Tree Spraying fact sheet from The Pennsylvania State University College of Agriculture, Extension Service. While it's intended for a professional pest control audience, the information is useful for all tree spraying applications. It offers helpful guides on sprayer selection, hose diameter, nozzle pressure (PSI), along with sprayer maintenance tips.

 Selecting the Right Spray Gun

When choosing a tall tree spray gun, make sure it's capable of outputting the necessary pressure to ensure uniform coverage. There are many high quality spray guns available, and here are a few of our most popular:

FMC John Bean 785 Spray GunFMC 785 Tall Tree Gun

Max Flow: 48 gpm

Max Pressure: 800 psi

This spray gun is adjustable from a fine spray mist to a solid stream by a mere twist of the wrist.

 

Udor Turbine Spray Gun

Max Flow: 25 gpmUdor turbine spray gun.jpeg

Max Pressure: 850 psi

This tall tree spray gun features a 17" barrel, 10 mm internal tubing & adjustable spray pattern from straight stream to cone mist.

 

Udor Long Range Spray GunUdor long range spray gun.jpg

Max Flow:30 gpm

Max Pressure: 850 psi

 

This UDOR high performance spray gun with a 21" barrel features a 12 mm internal tubing with stream straightener & adjustable spray pattern from straight stream to cone mist.

Need help choosing a tall tree spray gun? Let us help. Our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians can help you find the best spray gun for your job. Call 800-228-0905.

Topics: sprayers, Tall Tree Guns

Time for Dormant Oil Application to Fruit Trees

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Apr 04, 2016

Do you currently manage an orchard, vineyard, or a nursery? Now is the perfect time to spray Spraying_trees.jpgdormant oil to protect your trees from pests. Timing, spray solution and spray equipment all have an impact on the effectiveness of your application.

Don't forget to take a look at our tall tree spray guns that can output high pressures to ensure proper coverage even on the highest fruit trees. A sprayer such as the Kings Sprayers 50 Gallon 4-Wheel Sprayer, can be pulled by hand and offers great maneuverability making it easy for you to use in tight spaces. Ready to learn more?

Read the article below for tips on applying dormant oil effectively this spring. 

Reprinted from University of Missouri Extension

For home fruit growers the time is here to make annual dormant oil application on selected fruit trees and small fruit species. Dormant oil is a refined petroleum product formulated for orchard tree use. It has been in use for well over a century in commercial orchards, and is still regularly used today. It is classified as an insecticide, and acts by coating over-wintering insects hiding in the tree trunk and limb bark with a suffocating layer of oil. A second type of dormant spray material is liquid lime-sulfur. It is considered a natural product, and is used mainly on small fruit (grapes, blueberries, blackberries), to sanitize stems and kill overwintering fungus.

The two most important insect species suppressed by dormant oil sprays are red mites and scale. Both are common pest problems in fruit trees. Important to remember is that oil sprays will suppress, but do not always totally control these insects. Additional sprays of insecticides will likely be necessary to control these and other insects during the growing season. However, dormant oil decreases the insect populations by killing overwintering adults and eggs, and thus slows seasonal build-ups. This makes it well worth the extra time and cost.

Dormant oil is regularly used on apple, pear, plum, quince and crabapples. It is also recommended for use on currant and gooseberry bushes. As the word "dormant" implies, this spray should be applied before the buds swell or before new growth starts in the spring. If applied after growth starts, the new tissue can be damaged. Application should be done when temperatures are above freezing (35-45F), and when the weather forecast calls for non- freezing temperatures for at least 24 hours after application. It is important to make thorough coverage when you spray, taking care to spray bark crevices and cracks where insects may be overwintering. Dormant oil can be purchased at any garden center, and is relatively inexpensive.

Peaches, nectarines, apricots and to an extent plums, do not often require an oil spray. However if mites have been a problem in the past, then a dormant oil spray is suggested. More important for peaches and nectarines is a dormant spray containing lime-sulfur, or a copper based fungicide for control of peach leaf curl disease. For plum pocket disease in plums, apply chlorothalonil (sold as Daconil). Apply these sprays at any time during the winter, but before the buds swell for the new season.

Grapes, blueberries, gooseberries and brambles (blackberries, raspberries) should be sprayed with liquid lime-sulfur to reduce anthracnose and other disease on the canes. An important note: for all fruit crops, liquid lime-sulfur should not be sprayed with, or in close timing (1 week) with an oil spray as tissue damage can result. Remember, always read and follow label directions for proper use of any pesticide.

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Topics: 4-Wheel Sprayer, Sprayer Depot, Kings Sprayers, Tall Tree Guns, Pesticide spraying, spraying trees, dormant oil, fruit tree sprayers

Tall Tree Spray Guns

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Feb 26, 2016

When you have to spray tall trees, it is advisable to use professional spray equipment. However, not just any spray equipment will do. You need something capable of outputting the necessary pressure to ensure uniform coverage. Today there are many high quality professional spray guns designed specifically for spraying tall trees. These guns enable you to prevent or combat pests and disease without leaving the ground.

Let's take a look at three of our most popular tall tree spray guns:

FMC John Bean 785 Spray GunFMC 785 Tall Tree Gun

Max Flow: 48 gpm

Max Pressure: 800 psi

This spray gun is adjustable from a fine spray mist to a solid stream by a mere twist of the wrist!

 

Udor Long Range Spray GunUdor long range spray gun.jpg

Max Flow:30 gpm

Max Pressure: 850 psi

This UDOR high performance spray gun with a 21" barrel features a 12 mm internal tubing with stream straightener & adjustable spray pattern from straight stream to cone mist.

 

Udor Turbine Spray Gun

Max Flow: 25 gpmUdor turbine spray gun.jpeg

Max Pressure: 850 psi

This tall tree spray gun features a 17" barrel, 10 mm internal tubing & adjustable spray pattern from straight stream to cone mist

 

Your choice of chemical treatment will vary depending upon the issue you are addressing such as pest infestations or disease. Place the chemical treatment into the container of the high-pressure sprayer, following manufacturer directions.

Spray guns give you control and flexibility so you have a wide range of motion. Hold your spray gun in such a way that you can spray the tree at an angle and avoid spraying chemical on yourself. Don't forget your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), whenever you use chemicals. It is also advisable to cover lower vegetation with plastic sheeting to protect it from any damage from the chemical treatment.

When you start the sprayer, you will be able to control the flow of the spray with your sprayer gun. Position the gun and adjust the speed so that you can send a focused stream into the tree branches to coat leaves and branches with a fine mist of the sprayed chemical. As you spray the tree, walk around so that you can reach branches and leaves from all angles for proper coverage.

Let us help you make your application as effective as possible. Let us know the type of tall tree you are spraying and what chemicals you are using and we can help you get the best equipment for the job!

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Topics: Udor, Spray Guns, Tall Tree Guns, Tree Spray Gun, FMC 785, Udor Turbine, Udor Tree Gun

Fun Facts From the Sprayer Depot Marketing Department

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Oct 26, 2015

On our previous post, Spray Equipment: We've Got What You Need, we gave you some insight on what makes us different from our competitors. Not only do we aim to WOW customers by exceeding expectations, we strive to be a major source for spray equipment industry news and fun spraying facts.

We take pride in being fun and easy to do business with, so we make sure our blog posts reflect this by providing you informative, educational and fun content. Thanks to our marketing team, today we are featuring some cool tidbits on what's popular with our customers.

Interested in learning more about what makes us stand out? Read below for our 5 fun "Did you Know?" facts about Sprayer Depot.

treeguns

1. Our "Tall Tree Spray Guns" blog post tops the list of our most popular blog posts with almost 2,000 views. On this post, we give a quick run-through on how to use a professional spray gun like the FMC 785 Spray Gun, Udor Long Range Spray Gun and the Udor Turbine Spray Gun for spraying trees. Want to check it out for yourself? Click here 

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2. Sprayer Depot has more than 2,400 Facebook Fans and our fan base keeps growing fast! We like to stay connected to our customers by providing useful and fun content in social media. We frequently run contests and giveaways, like the recent "Customer Highlight Contest". Make sure to stay tuned to future promotions, product features, and industry news by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

3. Year-to-date, the number of customers who made a purchase from a mobile 135mobilegphone increased 135% from the same period in 2014. This is one of our favorite facts because it means that many of you are reaching us through your mobile device. 

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4. Sprayer Depot's most-watched YouTube video of all time is Replacing a Shurflo Pressure Switch with nearly 20,000 views. Why is this such a popular video you may ask? Well, the 8000 Series diaphragm pump is SHURflo's most widely used agriculture pump and a faulty pressure switch is one of the most common (and easy!) repairs. Our video features step-by-step instructions on how to replace this pressure switch.

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5. So far in 2015, we’ve engaged in more than 950 chat sessions with customers via our online chat feature. Contacting us through chat is easy and convenient! Live chat is available for both English and Spanish speakers so whether you just want to place an order, or have questions about our products, hop online and look for the chat icons to start chatting.

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Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, Udor, Tall Tree Guns, Tree Spray Gun, FMC 785, Udor Turbine, Udor Tree Gun, SHURflo pumps, pressure switch, facebook, social media, chat online, marketing, Youtube

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