Do My Own Lawn Care – Episode 4 – Lawn Equipment


Winter is creeping out which means spring
is around the corner. Which means our first pre-emergent application is coming up. According
to the calendar, we’re still in the middle winter but you can’t really tell, because
it’s seventy two degrees today and I’m wearing shorts. From a technical standpoint, here’s
what I should have done, going into fall I should have put down an application of pre-emergent.
But I missed that boat, maybe you did too and that’s okay we’ll just have to work a
little bit harder in the spring and summer to keep our lawn beautiful and green. Before I make my first pre-emergent application,
I wanted to go over one important topic equipment. Spreader and Sprayer, the two most important
pieces of equipment you need to take care of your yard. There’s a few other things you’re
going to need but let’s talk about these. First up sprayer, just a quick note, we’re
not getting paid nor endorsed by Chapin to promote their products. It just so happens
to be the ones that I like, there are a very good price point for your average homeowner.
So that’s what I go with. Okay, on to this.
The backpack sprayer I’m using is the Chapin pro commercial backpack sprayer. It’s four
gallons or 15.1 liters. The reason I’m going to go with the four gallon backpack, I want
to get a really good even coverage. If I’m using my one gallon hand cannon right here,
stopping and starting, having to refill mix up another gallon. I risk not getting a really
good even coverage, having to leave the area I’m spraying to go mix up come back spray
again. With this one, I only have to fill it up essentially
twice to cover my 6400 square feet. It is a manual pump, there are other ones out there
that are battery operated that you just flip a switch and it’ll pump it out for you.
This one however I have to manually pump it which I’m okay with that, it is built onto
a steel frame so it’s going to be nice and durable. But the one thing that I really like
about this one which you find this on a lot of other sprayers as well, pressure gauge
right here on the handle. So this will help me maintain a constant pressure,
the reason I want to constant pressure, again I want to try and get a really nice good even
coverage and this is going to help me do that. This isn’t critical to have on a backpack
sprayer, but it’s kind of nice that it’s here. I’ve got a full back pad so it’s going to
be nice and comfortable on my back as I’m carrying it. The shoulder straps are padded
and they do lock together right here, as you can see those clip together so that they can
keep it in place it also has a waist strap that I can wrap around my waist in clip in
as well to just help give support. The wand it comes with, it’s made of brass.
It’ll come with a cone nozzle and a plastic fan tip nozzle, I will probably switch out
while I will switch out this cone nozzle for the fan tip nozzle so that it gives a nice
wide spread on my lawn as I’m spraying. Again this is another one of those things that isn’t
critical but it’s just nice. I have a nice large opening to fill up my sprayer, put my
product in and water mix it up. It has a removable filter so, you know, this will help catch
debris that I don’t want into the tank if you know I’m mixing up with my water hose
and something just gets blown in here or whatever, this will catch that and stop it from getting
into the actual tank and the insides, you can remove all this and clean it out and it
just allows for you to have access to replace parts if something breaks down and doesn’t
function properly. What’s cool about this, is you can just pull
up this pin here and switch this to the other side, so that you can use either your left
or right hand to manually pump and spray with the other. So that’s kind of nice. With my backpack sprayer just like my hand
cannon down here, I’m going to clean it out or rinse it after every use. I’ll triple
rinse it as a matter of fact, we’ve made a video on that I’ll link it in the description
below on how to properly clean out your spray tank. But the reason we want to clean it out, we
don’t want to build up, we don’t want to let product build up on the inside or in the hose
line or in the wand. We want to get all that out as much as possible because if we let
it sit in there and build up, it could break down the components of the sprayer, the gaskets,
the washers all that kind of stuff. We don’t want that, we want to try and make our sprayer
last as long as possible. So by cleaning it, triple rinsing it out. We make sure to you
know prolong the life of our sprayer and that’s what we want. We’ve touched on our sprayer, Now let’s
talk about our spreader. It’s a very sad sight, but soon you will be
green and once again my friend. So this is the Chapin stainless all season
sure spread professional spreader. Try saying that three times fas. It’s a mouthful. Let’s
go over some of the features. The spreader is a little bit pricy than the
other ones that we offer, but I would recommend to go ahead and forking out the dough to get
a really nice spreader like this for a couple of reasons. A higher end spreader like this one is going
to come with these air filled tires instead of the plastic ones that you see on a lot
of lower end spreaders the reason that’s important is because air filled rubber tires like this
are going to give you a solid grip on the lawn surface and drive the spreader at a consistent
speed. The slick hard plastic wheels that you find on the lower end spreaders, those
are going to slide and skid all over the all over the surface of the yard. That’s going
to cause the spinner to rotate at different speeds and that’s going to give you an an
even balance spread pattern of your fertilizers, or your granules that you’re trying to get
in your yard. Just like my sprayer, I want to reduce the
amount of times I’ve got to stop and refill. The hopper on this spreader is 100 pound capacity.
Now I know what you’re thinking, you’re probably saying well that’s going to be overkill
right? I don’t need that much. Well think about this, the whole idea again behind a
walk behind spreader, is applying materials evenly and more efficiently. So if I have
to stop and refill my spreader, I risk not getting a nice even pattern or application
on my yard. Just like the sprayer it’s important to keep
your spreader nice and clean so that it functions properly. So if there’s a product left over
in the hopper, dump it back into the bag if you can’t do that, find a separate container
and put in there. Keep your paddles nice and clean, if there’s an auger keep that clean,
try and unclog anything that might be built up in there, that way it just lasts as long
as it possibly can. And again you get a nice even spread patterns when you go to put out
your products, fertilizers, herbicides, granules whatever you’re using. Something else to consider, most low end spreaders
have a little trigger system up here by the handle that you have to grip and hold down
to keep the gate open to get your product into the yard. With this one we have a nice
metal linkage system that we just simply open up and close to allow the fertilizer or granules
to get down into the yard. What’s really going to set spreaders apart is the build or the
construction of that spreader. Your cheaper plastic ones, those are going
to wear out and break down a lot faster than something like this, this spreader is built
onto a metal frame. It’s going to last a lot longer, it’s durable, it’s strong, the metal
frame is going to allow for you to fill up 100 pound capacity hopper like this, easily
with no problem. With most spreaders, you’re going to have a rate dial like this. This
is going to control the amount of product that comes out the bottom of the hopper. Now
with mine, I have a nice little chart right over here that helps me set the calibration,
also whatever products you’re going to use it should have a calibration on the label
as well. So just look at the label see what it says and then set your spreader accordingly. Some people have suggested taking sand and
filling up your hopper, marking off 1000 square feet and calibrating your spreader that way.
You know adjust this and then walk that 1000 square feet and see how long it takes for
all that sand to empty out. Now I’ve even thought about this myself, but talking with
our customer service, that it’s probably not recommended to do that and you want to calibrate
your spreader, once you have your product in there. The reason is using sand, it’s
a lot finer and some fertilizers or granules are going to be a lot thicker, they’re going
to be a lot smaller or longer. It’s all going to vary so you want to wait
until you have your actual product in your hopper, read the label on the product and
then read the instructions on your spreader and match them accordingly. Another thing
that higher end spreaders like this are going to have, is an edge control system like this.
So an edge control is going to help you direct product where you want it to go. So if I’m
walking up alongside of a garden bed, or my sidewalk or my driveway, the last thing I
want to do is waste a lot of product throwing out on to the driver side walk. So if I throw this down, my granules, fertilizer
whatever’s going to come down into my hopper hit my plate throw out against this edge control
and just drop straight down, that way I’m not wasting my product and maximizing it as
much as possible. As far as equipment is concerned there’s one more thing we need to talk about
and it consists of three letters that you’ve probably heard before, P P E personal protection
equipment. These are professional grade products, so we want to make sure that we’re dressed
appropriately to handle them. A lot of the product labels are going to state
specifically what you need in order to use them, mix them, apply them and so forth. Remember
label is law, here are some of the things that you don’t want to wear when using these
products, short sleeved shirt, not a good idea, shorts, definitely a bad idea. Here
are the things that you do want, long pants, boots good idea. Long sleeves, check. Gloves,
preferably rubber. Check. Eye protection and lastly a mask; especially when you’re mixing
up your products, you don’t want to be breathing that in. Ready to go! In summary, sprayer or spreader, two most
crucial things you’re going to need and also make sure you have personal protection equipment.
There’s a wide range of sprayers and spreaders out there. We even offer a lot, at the end
of the day when it comes down to it, personal preference, what you need it for and price
point. Let’s be honest. I would recommend doing your research put in the legwork, read
up on all these different sprayers and spreaders and see how they stack up against each other. And as always you can reach out to our customer
service staff, shoot them an email, give them a call. Explain to them what you need it for
and they can help narrow the field for you as well. The next video in this series is
going to be the whopper, my first weed control application. We’re going to talk about sprayer
calibration and we’re going to talk about the product and I’m going to use. We’re going
to talk about a timetable of when to treat for weeds, all that good stuff, we’re going
to cover in the next video. Which leads me to ask you this question, are
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