Tools play an essential part in a healthy garden. It’s almost impossible to have a healthy garden without tools. When we talk of healthy plants, naturally, the first thing we think of is spraying and dusting to kill insects and diseases. But there are other things which must be done. There is fertilizing, killing weeds, and pruning.
Insecticides and fungicides are either applied as sprays or dust, as we all know. The two most common tools for using sprays and dust are pictured on this page.
The pressure sprayer, generally with a 3-gallon capacity, is a sprayer that should be adequate for most gardens.
A smaller pressure sprayer is now available with a 1-gallon capacity suitable for many gardeners. One of the slightest pressure sprayers is a quart capacity and is operated with one hand.
In addition to the plunger-type hand duster, other styles do an excellent job on the small garden.
It is called a rotary type because it has a fan mechanism rather than a plunger, which blows the dust-out.
There was once when power sprayers were only for the florists and nurserymen. That’s not so today. For a large garden, a power sprayer is a welcome tool—that is, if you want to keep a healthy garden.
Power sprayers range in capacity from 8 up to 25 gallons or more. They are powered either with gasoline or electricity.
Getting back to the small garden, you may find that a hose sprayer will fit your needs. These are attached to the end of a hose, like an over-size nozzle, and as the water goes through, it is mixed with the insecticide or fertilizer, whichever the case may be.
One of the old time things in the hose-application of insecticides was the HYDROMIX. This was been completely redesigned and the mixer attaches to the faucet, and the hose, in turn, is attached to it.
The spray material goes through the hose and is applied through a special nozzle which is supplied with the mixer. The spray, or fertilizer, can also be used through a sprinkler. Last fall, I was in on a preview of this device at the granules won’t stick to the blades of grass; they roll off and fall onto the soil.
Watering the Garden
To be healthy, plants have to be growing well. That means they should be watered. Every gardener should have a sprinkler of some sort. Walking through any garden supply store, you’ll see that there is any number manufactured at almost any price you want to pay.
Back in the 1950s, the oscillating type received much interest.
The hose-type flexible sprinklers are gaining in popularity every year. They are convenient to use and do an excellent job of sprinkling.
If your hose is always in a mess, you might be interested in a reel. One with a swivel base and non-disconnect feature which means you never have to disconnect the hose from the faucet.
One of the most incredible things to be introduced to modern gardening is the liquid fertilizer. There are several applicators available that make fertilizing as easy as watering.
A Flow Mixer mixes the water and plant food, a unique root feeder, and a good supply of fertilizer and lime.
A healthy garden is a weed-free garden. This means that you’ll need some good cultivators. On a lawn, however, you can use a chemical weed killer. If you need to apply it with a sprayer, it would be good to have a special one just for weed killers.
Any weed killer remaining in the tank will also kill your garden plants when using the sprayer for insecticides.
There are some handy applicators for spot applications on the lawn. A single squirt of material is ejected on the weed and no place else with the point on the weed.
You can kill lawn weeds even dressed in your Sunday best with one of these.
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