Monthly Archives: August 2010

Get The Best Lawn Possible By Spraying

Spraying can achieve a beatiful green lawn

Everyone wants a lush, green lawn and why shouldn’t you! It makes our homes look wonderful and more appealing and makes any homeowner feel better about their property.  So if you have a lawn we’re sure you’ll want to do whatever you can to make sure that you have beautiful grass year after year.

There are a few things that need to be done to maintain that perfect, green, lush lawn that anyone who walks past your house will look at your lawn with envy and admiration.

What will you need:

  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Rake (plastic or metal)
  • Spray of your choice
  • Sprayer
  • Grass seed
  • Lawn mower without a bag attachment
  1. Make sure your lawn is cut as short as it can be without being unhealthy. Remove any debris such as old leaves and grass but make sure you do not expose the soil by cutting your lawn too short.
  2. Spray your lawn with the spray you choose but please do ensure that you follow instructions on the label. If you’re not sure which sprayer to use then please feel free to contacts us at sales@agratech.co.uk Then wait 24 hours.
  3. Make openings throughout your lawn which will allow your grass to be able to take up all the water that it can.
  4. Next spread your grass seed as appropriate following the given advice. It is suggested that you use plenty of seed so that you get even coverage and lush growth.
  5. Spread your chosen fertilizer on your newly seeded lawn.
  6. Water the lawn for 20 minutes, three times a week. This will help especially in the summer when water is more scarce but make sure you’re not wasting any!
  7. Cut your lawn at least once a week, but no more than twice a week. This will help the lawn to look healthy and not overgrown. If you do not have a bag attachment for your mower, then you could use a rake to rake up the grass cuttings. This helps with appearance and not smother the grass growing below it.  

How To Choose A Back Pack Garden Sprayer

We found this information courtesy of E-how and thought you’d enjoy reading it. For full details of the original article simply click here. At Agratech

we have a huge range of quality sprayers available and would be delighted to help you select the perfect sprayer for the job. You’d be amazed what we get asked for!

A backpack sprayer is a convenient way for you to apply chemicals to your lawn and garden. You can hold up to six gallons on your backpack, making it easier than lugging around a 30-lb. tank. Backpack sprayers come in many different forms. Some will support any chemical you put in it, and some will require more work than others. Do a little research to find the backpack sprayer that fits your needs perfectly.

Instructions

  1. Choose between a manual backpack sprayer or a motorized sprayer. A manual one will require you to pump with one hand and spray with the other. A motorized sprayer will keep your hand free and require less effort.
  2. Decide what type of pump you want if you want a motorized sprayer. Piston pumps are inexpensive and provide a great spraying pressure. Diaphragm pumps are more durable and support many spray formulas. Some spray formulas, like wettable powders, can wear out piston pumps rather quickly.
  3. Determine how much formula you want to hold in your tank. Most tanks hold four gallons, but five and six gallon tanks are also available.
  4. Know what type of formulas you want to spray in your garden. Most backpack sprayers are resistant to pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals, but you still have to make sure the sprayer can support the chemicals you intend to use.
  5. Spend the extra money to buy high-quality hoses, spray nozzles, strainers, pump seals and gaskets. These parts are most likely to fail if they are cheap. Top-of-the-line parts will benefit you in the long run.
  6. Look for adjustable and comfortable shoulder straps and a waist belt. Backpack sprayers can get rather heavy, so proper support is necessary.

So whatever you need – we’re sure to have the perfect sprayer for you at Agratech!

Top Tips For August Gardening

Sloe Berries

If you’re spending lots of time in your garden during August, or maybe you’re having a ‘staycation’ this year, we hope our handy list of tips will help you get the most out of your garden!

1. Look After The Lawn – At this time of year the lawn can look rather used and hard done to, so rake out the old grass and keep it watered. Mow the lawn lightly to avoid stressing it too much and  apply treatments according to expert advice!

2. Sow Green Manure – Bare patches of soil or finished beds can be sown with cost-effective and eco-friendly summer green manure to preserve nutrients and to keep the weeds down such as clover and fenugreek.

3. Dry Herbs – Cut back herbs to encourage a second flush and keep an eye on rocket, basil and parsley which can be prone to bolting at this time of year. If you have oregano and marjoram in the garden and it’s flowering, now is the best time for drying – cut the stems, tie with string, and hang upside down somewhere dry, well ventilated and dark for about a week, then store in jars for winter. You can do a similar thing with flowers such as lavender to make draw scent bags or potpourri.

4. Dead Heading – It’s really vital to keep up with the dead-heading to prevent your blooms from running to seed. Dispose of the dead-heads in the compost bin or the garden recycling rather than leaving them on the ground where they might encourage and spread disease.

5. Prune Away – If you prune now then your plants won’t grow too much before the winter saving you going out later in the year when it’s all a bit worse for wear.

6. Think Fruity! – In August our hedgerows are teeming with wild fruits from blackberries and plums to crab apples and sloes – perfect for making all sorts of desserts, jams and liqueurs for Christmas. If you have fruit bushes in your garden then make sure that they kept clear of any pests that could harm your crop.

7. Get planting those winter vegetables – Now is the time to plant out some winter veg favourites try cavelo nero, Swiss chard, oriental vegetables, turnips and spring cabbage for a rainbow platter of vegetables – enough to brighten up any long winter evening and keep the family fed with healthy delights!

We hope you enjoy our handy hints and tips and if we can be of any assistance with supporting you choose the perfect sprayer for this important gardening jobs, we’d love to help you at www.agratech.co.uk

Matabi Polmax Vineyard Duster Sprayer Now Available!

The Matabi Polmax 10Ltr Vineyard Duster Sprayer

This 10 litre Knapsack Style Duster Unit is designed for the application of powder and dust products.

One of the best features of this sprayer is that it’s particularly useful for the application of Sulfur Dust on Vines and Fruit trees, tomatoes, vegetables and roses; and also for ant and insect powder application.

Simple operation of the handle produces and air flow from the rear mounted bellows into which the product is metered. It then travels down the hand held tube onto the target.

The On/Off control also acts as a dosage regulator and the built in agitation device ensures an even flow.

This duster is supplied with a flexible outlet pipe and fan type spreader and two supplementary rigid tubes, giving total reach of 1.5m.

So if you’re looking for a sprayer that’s perfect for applying a product to vines, tomatoes, vegetables, roses or ants, to name but a few things, the Matabi Polmax Duster Sprayer is the perfect solution and is available for immediate FREE delivery from Agratech for only £84.83 exc VAT.

Last chance to nominate your choice for BBC Food & Farming Awards

This is the eleventh year of searching for the best in food and farming and these Awards have never been more relevant. Many people are looking for new ways to make money in the food business and we need models to inspire us to do that in the best way.

Alongside categories such as  ‘Best Market’, ‘Best Takeaway’ and ‘Best Local Food Retailer’ there will be much coveted awards for ‘Best Dinner Lady / public caterer’ and the ‘BBC Farmer of the Year’ won last year by Andrew Dennis of Woodlands  Farm Organics  http://bit.ly/9iBs9e

Nominations close 15 August, and you can vote via the BBC Radio4 website http://bit.ly/d54wHb

Agratech Announced As Official Matabi Distributors

Here at Agratech we are absolutley delighted to have been appointed as one of only four UK distributors for the Matabi and Goizper IK Sprayer range.

Goizper IK9 (6 Ltr) Compression Sprayer

This therefore means that our customers will have access to a wide range of sprayers and spares, many of which are perfect for unusual or specific difficult tasks that are not normally easily available.

With a full range of sprayer spares also available, this menas that Agratech can act as a complete one stop shop for all your sprayer needs, meaning you only ever need make one phone call and we can sort it all!

Agratech are also able to offer trade pricing options for volume purchasers so if you require sprayers for your business, no matter what industry you may be in, we’d love to speak to you.

For further information, sales or pricing queries, please contact us at sales@agratech.co.uk