Fruit trees must be sprayed with pesticides (in the growing season) to protect them from disease as well as insect infestation. In some instances insects will lay their eggs inside of the fruit.
Two sprayers exist, the handheld tank sprayer, or attachable hose sprayer (sprayer attaches to the end of a garden hose). Each has its pros and cons.
A handheld tank sprayer will not reach the top of the fruit tree. A hose sprayer will reach the top of the tree.
When spraying any pesticides it is important to protect yourself. Wear gloves, goggles and a respirator.
It is easier to precisely mix the pesticides in a handheld tank sprayer. Mixing the pesticides in an attachable hose sprayer is difficult due to differences in water pressure.
It is important to follow the manufacturer's directions when spraying. Apply enough pesticide to coat the surfaces, but do not let the pesticide drip off the tree.
Run water through your sprayer, and use soap to remove all remnants of the pesticide. Wash your protective equipment, and wash the clothes that you wore while spraying (in hot water) -- do not wash them with other laundry.
- University of Wisconsin Urban Horticulture: Spraying Techniques for Fruit Trees
- About Fruit Trees: Spraying Fruit Trees
spraying home fruit trees, pesticide manufacturer's directions, clean protective goggles gloves
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