Gardens are wonderful to have for sure. There is nothing like the taste of fresh vegetables in a salad or having them served on the dinner table as a side dish. It is even more satisfying because you know that those vegetables come as a result of your hard work.
It would be even more enjoyable if you did not have to work so hard keeping your vegetables safe as they ripen. Having the right garden sprayer can sure make this chore much easier.
In this article, we will review several top notch garden sprayers. We will also discuss what key characteristics make a garden sprayer an excellent model to purchase and use.
Here are the key features of garden sprayers that you want to focus on when looking to buy a new one to use in your garden:
Garden sprayers come in all different price ranges. Start your shopping by setting a budget range in which to look for your new garden sprayer.
Once that is done then factor in the next key characteristics to enable you to get the best garden sprayer for your needs.
You will first have to determine what you want the capacity of your new garden sprayer to be. That will all depend on what you use it for. Small gardens may not require more than a simple hand sprayer.
Anything more than a few gallons and you will have to have a cart or tractor to move that garden sprayer.
#3. Ease of Movement
There is a huge variety in the type of garden sprayers available in the marketplace. You will see a few different types of sprayers on our review list.
Most of the liquids sprayed out of these will be heavy to carry and there are several ways that sprayers are designed to do that.
For smaller amounts of liquid to be sprayed, you can purchase a handheld sprayer (only useful for very small gardens), a pressured hand carry tank sprayer or a backpack sprayer.
If you are not able to lift even a small amount of weight you will want your sprayer mounted on a cart or to be wheeled. For even bigger amounts of liquid to be sprayed, you will probably need to have a model that mounts on a lawn tractor or can be pulled in a cart by one.
Here is an informative video that talks a little bit more about garden sprayers
How to Use a Garden Sprayer
These devices are pretty simple to set up and use but you still have to know what you’re doing. You also have to keep safety in mind at all times because fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides can be caustic and/or poisonous.
Make sure you handle these three liquids that are used most often in sprayers very carefully. Here is how you use a typical hand pumped sprayer:
1. Fill it up with the liquid you will be applying to your yard or plants.
2. Screw back on the cap to make the tank air tight.
3. Pump the pressurizing handle up and down several times until it gets hard to do more pumps.
4. Go to the area that you want to use the garden sprayer.
5. Apply the liquid mix where it is needed by depressing the lever on the spray wand.
6. As you hold this lever down it will continue to spray as long as there is pressure in the tank.
7. If it stops just repeat the hand pumping process to pressurize the tank again.
Here is a video that explains how to use a garden sprayer in a little more detail. In this video, they are using the garden sprayer to dispense a herbicide to kill vegetation that is coming up through the stones in a gravel pathway.
Garden Sprayers Are a More Versatile Tool Than People Give Them Credit For
You know that garden sprayers can be used to dispense herbicides, pesticides and liquid fertilizer around gardens but they have many more uses than that. Many people will use them even for the simple chore of watering their plants once they have been rinsed out good beforehand.
You saw in the video they can be used in other places in your yard too. They are great for total vegetation killing along driveways and pathways, fertilizing and protecting the trees in your yard and spot spraying your grass for such pests as dandelions.
Here is a video that demonstrates how a garden sprayer can be used on fruit trees:
One other use for garden sprayers that is very popular is to use them to help you stain wood. Many people do not realize it but if you thin an oil based stain enough a garden sprayer does an excellent job of applying it.
So don’t limit the use of your garden sprayer to just protecting your vegetables. They are handy to use in so many ways around your home.
Reviews of the Top Garden Sprayer Models
Here are a few different garden sprayers that we feel are very worthwhile purchases to help you maintain your garden and to use elsewhere around your yard:
There is simply a lot to like about this Smith Performance high quality sprayer. It is a good enough sprayer that it is often the choice of professionals to use. All the parts on it are very high quality including the unique stainless steel spray wand.
Among the nice features this model garden sprayer has is a built-in large sized spray chamber filter to help prevent line clogging. It is a garden sprayer that also builds up pressure quickly and that makes it very easy to apply pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides with it.
One of its other unique features is that it does not require the use of tools to do routine maintenance on it. That makes such things as changing the seals super easy to do.
Here is a very good sized garden sprayer for handling small to medium sized spraying tasks. It holds 1.3 gallons of liquid in its solid plastic chamber and it’s great for spraying all different types of liquids. There are not any cheap parts used in its construction either.
One of its best features is the amount of brass used in the construction of the spray wand. They even include an upgraded brass nozzle as a gift. This model garden sprayer builds up excellent pressure so its contents can be dispensed very easily too.
It’s a risk free purchase too because the manufacturer offers a very generous no hassle money back guarantee.
Roundup is a big name in the industry when it comes to herbicidal products. So you better believe they will not make sprayers to dispense those products that are not built to high quality standards. This efficient model garden sprayer is excellent for tackling small to medium size yard spraying tasks.
It features a 2 gallon liquid holding tank and the pressure inside it build up 25% faster with the hand pump system that roundup has built into this model garden sprayer. It has a durable and corrosion resistant stainless steel wand too.
One of the better things about this model garden sprayer is that its wand handle has a locking feature so you can spray continuously without getting hand fatigue.
If you only have the need to use a garden sprayer on an occasional basis then you most likely don’t want to spend a lot of money on one. That is why this nice budget friendly model sprayer might be just what you are looking for.
It is great for those occasional times you have some small plant or tree spraying tasks to do. Just because it’s inexpensive don’t be tricked into thinking it’s a poor quality sprayer either.
It comes with a sturdy 12 inch spray wand that is attached to a durable reinforced hose. It pumps up nicely with enough pressure to easily dispense the up to one gallon of liquid herbicide or pesticide it can hold too.
Here is a garden sprayer that is very easy on your body. It has its own wheels built into it and has a battery operated pump to build up pressure. This garden sprayer is perfect for those people that have limited mobility, lack strength or have other health related issues where they should not be lifting heavy objects.
It has other great features besides being easy to move and pump too. The spray nozzle is easy to operate and the hose is made of durable reinforced rubber. It also comes with a built in storage compartment to keep the charger for the battery operated pump in.
This model sprayer even comes with a nice one year warranty from the manufacturer.
Things We Liked
Built-in oversized wheels for mobility
Rechargeable battery operated pump
Sprays up to 10’ vertically – great for spraying trees
9’ application hose
5 gallon tank
Things We Didn't Like
A little bottom heavy when pulling it
Tires could be a little wider so it rolls even easier
There is just so much to like about it. Some of the other sprayers use seals and parts that are not nearly as high a quality as those found on this well-built garden sprayer. It is a good enough quality sprayer that it’s the choice of many professionals.
Its pump function works really great too. It builds up the pressure in a hurry and most users feel it takes less pumps to do it. There is a built in filter on the spraying system which is larger sized to help prevent clogs. We were really impressed with the fact it had a stainless steel wand and we feel more garden sprayer models would last longer if they followed suit.
Another unique feature with this Smith Performance garden sprayer is that all of the routine maintenance that needs to be done on it can be accomplished without using tools.
Without a doubt, the Smith Performance Sprayers R200 2-Gallon Compression Spray one of the best garden sprayer models you can buy. It is definitely a model sprayer you want to look into a little further before making your final garden sprayer purchasing decision.
Hello, I’m Laura Bennett. I love nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. I started a very small garden behind my house and I named it Humid Garden. So, I created this blog to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden.