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Post  Ginger Blue on 8/22/2016, 9:23 pm

I searched the forum, but didn't see any posts on this topic; if you know of one, please point me in the right direction.

I'd like to purchase a decent, reasonably priced foliar sprayer to use in my garden next year, but don't know where to begin, so I'm looking for advice from experienced users.

Thoughts? Recommendations? Caveats?  Please tell me what I need to know to get the best return on my investment.

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Post  yolos on 8/22/2016, 9:59 pm

Are you looking for a foliar spray for disease, pests, or nutrients?

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Post  sanderson on 8/23/2016, 3:28 am

Yes, what are you wanting from the foliar spray? There are several threads but some are buried within other topics.

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 8/23/2016, 7:03 am

You should clean the bottle immediately after using it, so you don't end up with clogged parts. If you've sprayed diluted milk against mildew, don't think "oh, I'll use the rest tomorrow" and leave it. I don't think I'll ever get the smell out. No

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Post  Ginger Blue on 8/23/2016, 8:31 am

Excellent advice, Beetles; thank you!

My intent is to use the sprayer for nutrients, primarily compost tea.

A Google search results revealed a wide range of inexpensive single-hand units, to back-pack types in the hundreds of dollars.  The ideal unit for me would be <$100, decent-to-good quality, with a shoulder strap to help support the weight of it.

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Post  has55 on 8/23/2016, 8:53 am

@Ginger Blue wrote:Excellent advice, Beetles; thank you!

My intent is to use the sprayer for nutrients, primarily compost tea.

A Google search results revealed a wide range of inexpensive single-hand units, to back-pack types in the hundreds of dollars.  The ideal unit for me would be <$100, decent-to-good quality, with a shoulder strap to help support the weight of it.
I like the Smith's sprayer. They last a long time and have replacement parts. I never have repaired it, it's still going after several year. I do keep it out of sunlight when not in use. These are the new models. I got my sprayer from lowes many years ago.
R200 Compression Sprayer

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Post  Ginger Blue on 8/23/2016, 9:30 am

Thank you Has; great recommendation!  This is exactly what I have in mind... Very Happy

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Post  yolos on 8/23/2016, 10:15 am

Ah, you are looking for the actual sprayer and not the liquid spray to go in the sprayer.  Get one where the tip can turn up so that it is easy to spray on the underside of the leaves.  I used to have a back pack sprayer.  Way too big and two heavy.  Then I bought a sprayer on wheels.  Still too big but easy to roll around if you have a big area but really not needed for a veggie garden.  Then I bought about a two gallon sprayer but don't know the brand.  This is the next one I am going to buy.  I now prefer the smaller sprayer and it has a nozzle that adjusts so you can spray it under the leaves without any trouble.  I have never used this model so I can't recommend it.  But I am now looking for a smaller sprayer and one where the nozzle can spray either up or down.
https://www.amazon.com/420-2-Liter-One-Hand-Pressure-Sprayer/dp/B000AQNQ4Q/ref=sr_1_46?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1471960837&sr=1-46&keywords=garden+sprayer

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Post  sanderson on 8/23/2016, 12:12 pm

Well, I'm embarrassed. My only excuse it that it was late at night. Embarassed

I use a pump sprayer as shown above, or a jar that attaches to the hose, or even a large spray bottle for small jobs.

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Post  jimmy cee on 8/24/2016, 3:37 pm

@Ginger Blue wrote:Excellent advice, Beetles; thank you!

My intent is to use the sprayer for nutrients, primarily compost tea.

A Google search results revealed a wide range of inexpensive single-hand units, to back-pack types in the hundreds of dollars.  The ideal unit for me would be <$100, decent-to-good quality, with a shoulder strap to help support the weight of it.
Remember...some sprayers have to fine an apparatus for spraying compost tea. Cement sprayers are recommended. 
I've turned to a regular 2 1/2 gallon can with a spray nozzle. It won't filter out bacteria and fungi.
A little heavy when start spraying, get lighter quick and don't need to mess around with all that cleaning.
If weight's a factor, just use a gallon container.

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Post  sanderson on 8/24/2016, 7:52 pm

Jimmy, You are correct. If the liquid has particles, the sprayer can clog up. A good screening may be required for compost tea.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/25/2016, 1:25 pm

I was just reading up on cukes and read that urine, 1 to 4, can be used as a foliar for powdery mildew. Shocked

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Post  sanderson on 8/25/2016, 11:19 pm

Shocked I think I will stick to milk!

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Post  jimmy cee on 8/26/2016, 11:11 am

@sanderson wrote:Jimmy,  You are correct.  If the liquid has particles, the sprayer can clog up.  A good screening may be required for compost tea.
Must be careful about screening, to fine a screening will filter out wanted microbes.

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Post  sanderson on 8/26/2016, 11:58 pm

Jimmy, What do you use for screening compost tea? I use a metal mesh colander.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/27/2016, 3:04 pm

You mean like a sieve, Sanderson? If not can you post a photo of your colander please?

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Post  sanderson on 8/28/2016, 12:27 am

Well, this is embarrassing.  Here it is in the dishwasher with the rest of the dirty dishes.  Embarassed It's big enough to set across a 5-gallon bucket. Don't worry, if I have used it for straining compost tea, I pre-wash it.

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Post  jimmy cee on 8/28/2016, 9:45 am

@sanderson wrote:Jimmy,  What do you use for screening compost tea?  I use a metal mesh colander.  
I dont screen it. I started adding tea into my 2 gallon hand  nozzled bucket..then do a foliage drop. or mix tea and drench below ..I'll use every bit of what is in the bucket.

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