You’ll definitely want a quality hose end sprayer if you’re going to be applying liquid organic fertilizers and inoculants.
This is the metal trigger Hudson hose end sprayer, probably the best hose end sprayer on the market for home gardeners as long as your garden isn’t too big.
I used to carry the Gilmour hose end sprayer 362, but Gilmour has now stopped making hose end sprayers.
Luckily, I found this Hudson sprayer that as far as I can tell is exactly the same as the Gilmour – perhaps even made by the same manufacturer, but I’m not sure about that.
This is a professional hose end sprayer.
It’s very sturdy, made with brass fittings, a comfy metal handle and a quality 1/2 quart plastic container, so it will last a long time.
If you have enough water pressure, this hose end sprayer does a great job reaching up into trees and out into the middle of your garden.
The dial is physically a bit difficult to turn, so you’ll need a strong hand, but it does produce an accurate dilution ratio.
How To Use It
|1||1:252||EM or SCD|
|5||1:50||My organic fertilizers|
My goal is to spray both the top and bottom of the leaves of my plants with spray that isn’t too coarse and isn’t too fine.
Too fine and I know I’d be harming some beneficial microbes in the spray. Too coarse and the spray doesn’t stick as well to the leaves. This sprayer creates the right water drop size.
If you’re combining products that all have different dilution rates, just use the highest dilution rate.
For example, if you’re combining EM (1:250 dilution) with seaweed (1:50) and molasses, make sure you get your 1:250 ratio for your EM (which is to set the sprayer dial to 1 Tbsp) and the others will be fine even if they’re more diluted, i.e. it’s always okay to dilute more with water, just not less.
So if I was going to spray a 1000 square foot garden, I’d add 1/2 cup of seaweed, 1/2 cup of sugar or molasses and 1/2 cup EM, then set the dial to 1 (a 1:250 dilution) and spray the whole thing.
Actually, I’d dissolve the sugar or molasses in 1/2 cup of warm water first and add that to the bottle. That changes my dilution rate, which means I can set my dial to 2, which means the sprayer will have better luck pulling up the solution.
I often fill the container up with water, especially if I’m spraying a solution with molasses or fish, as they’re a bit thicker and the sprayers can sometimes have a bit of difficulty sucking them up, especially if water pressure is low.
The one downside of the sprayer is that the bottle is a little bit small. If it were bigger, I’d use 1 cup of liquid fish in there, too.
That’s the one thing – if you have a big garden, you may need to fill the sprayer up a couple of times in order to get everything covered.
If you’re using these sprayers to apply mycorrhizal fungi powder, dissolve the fungi in some warm (not too hot) water first and then fill up the sprayer with that.
The last part is cleaning. With any sprayer, always clean it right after use. It just takes a minute.
I rinse out the container, fill it with water and then spray some of that water to get all of the gunk out of the internal parts. Do that and these things will last a lot longer!
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