Lawn and Garden Sprayers Buying Guide

Below you’ll find AM Leonard’s quick guide to choosing the best sprayer for the job at hand. We outline the features and benefits of handheld, backpack, wheeled, and powered designs to help you narrow down your choice. Read below and get started!

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AM Leonard’ guide to finding the best garden sprayer for the job. Learn more about sprayer types, benefits, features, pump styles and more.

Are you wearing yourself out by hauling around and constantly pumping a handheld? Need a sprayer that works great for light use, but doesn't break the bank? Or could it be time to replace the old, cracked and leaky sprayer from years ago? Though sprayers can look very similar, they work differently; having different benefits. Below is a guide to help you choose the right sprayer for you; saving you time and money!

Handheld Sprayers

Handheld garden sprayers pressurize the air that is left in the tank once you fill it with liquid. As the sprayer empties, the amount of air increases, meaning you will have to stop to pump more often. The less liquid in the tank means the more air you need to pressurize.

Handheld sprayers are:

  • Economical
  • Great for occasional use
  • Smaller capacity for easier portability

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Backpack Sprayers

A backpack sprayer has a small inner tank where pressurization takes place. Most have a pocket of air inside the small inner tank that will compress which then helps push the liquid out when you pull the trigger.

Backpack sprayer benefits include:

  • Ideal for weekly/daily use and when spraying more than 30 minutes at a time
  • Can carry a greater amount of liquid
  • Easy pressure control

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Wheeled Sprayers

Wheeled garden sprayers are ideal for non-selective spraying of large areas like yards, gravel drives, or small fields. These sprayers can also be used to deice large areas in winter.

Wheeled sprayer benefits include:

  • Ideal for spraying large areas
  • Can carry a greater amount of liquid
  • Consistent application rate
  • Not good for spot spraying

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Powered Sprayers

Powered sprayers can be fitted with many options including hoses, booms, nozzles, spray guns and hose reels. Customize these sprayers to fit your needs!

Powered sprayers benefits include:

  • Ideal for spot spraying and large area applications
  • Can carry a greater amount of liquid
  • Handheld applicator with optional booms
  • Battery or gasoline powered

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Pro tip: It's important when choosing a garden sprayer to take into consideration the application you will be using it for. Example: you may want to own more than one sprayer if you will be applying multiple chemicals to avoid contamination. Some chemicals, notably broadleaf herbicides, can be difficult to fully rinse away from spray tanks. Owning a separate sprayer for herbicides and another for insecticides will help ensure you don't accidentally apply herbicide residue while your intent was to only spray insecticide.

Pump Style: Diaphragm Pump

A more durable pump, the diaphragm style can be used for many spray formulas, including wettable powders (WP). A WP stays suspended in water instead of dissolving and can wear down a piston pump very quickly.

Pump Style: Piston Pump

A piston pump is more economical and provides greater pressure than diaphragm styles. This is generally the style pump on a handheld sprayer. Ideal for use with water soluble products.