New Product – Electric Backpack Sprayer with Precision Spray Technology

Green Shoots will be offering a new electric sprayer in 2017.  The sprayer will operate on ultra low pressure.  This has lots of advantages including more precision and less off-target spray.  This is especially important when spraying herbicides because off-target spray can harm desirable plants and waste expensive herbicides.  The battery will last for a full day.  The sprayer can also easily be converted into a foam dispenser.  The sprayer will have all sorts of other great features, many of which are shown in the following photos.

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The pressure can be adjusted in increments of 0.2 psi and from 1.5 psi to 12 psi.  Pressure from about 1.5 psi to 10 psi works great for dispensing foam.  Pressure from about 5 psi to 13 psi works great for spray.  Green Shoots will also offer a very comfortable backpack frame with a hip belt.

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Remember with this electric sprayer there is no pump lever, so one hand can hold the spray wand and the other can be free.  Elimination of the pump lever also makes it much easier to maneuver in thick brush.

Ultra Low Pressure Sprayer – New Prototype Being Tested

We are testing our latest innovation – an ultra-low pressure sprayer.  It can operate at under 10 psi.

Ultra Low Pressure Electric Dispenser

Ultra Low Pressure Electric Dispenser

Spray pattern shows evenly spaced droplets

Spray pattern shows evenly spaced droplets

What are the advantages of ultra-low pressure?  First, there is less drift.  That’s because the ultra-low sprayer consistently produces medium size drops, not the very fine, drift-prone drops.  Second, the drops from the ultra-low sprayer travel slower through the air.  This means that the drops are less likely to bounce off the foliage of the target weed.  Finally, the ultra-low pressure sprayer uses very little power.  This means the sprayer can be lighter and still operate for a long time on a single charge.  Here’s a video of ultra low pressure sprayer demonstrating the new dispenser.

How to kill Invasive English Ivy Vines

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Check out our newest video How to Kill Invasive English Ivy Vines: 3 Steps.  If you like PowerPoint presentations better, here it is: PowerPoint How to Kill English Ivy Vines.  We will be publishing another set of presentations on killing English ivy groundcover.  For that we recommend a foliar or wipe application. English ivy can be a real problem in many parts of the world.  It can climb tall native trees and eventually even kill native trees.  As a groundcover, it also can out-compete natives.  One thing: English ivy can be controlled in the winter when many native plants are dormant.

Concentrated Weed Killer Applied Precisely – the Best Way to Kill Tough Weeds

At Green Shoots, we sell concentrated weed killer and our foam herbicide dispenser systems help you
apply that weed killer precisely and with low drift.  Concentrated weed killer or herbicide is not just more economical.  It is also more effective.

Read this paper (link) from Bryan Young, currently a professor at Purdue about glyphosate rates.  In it he says: “The most consistent application factor that can increase glyphosate efficacy is lower carrier volumes.”  What does Professor Young mean by this?  He means that by adding less carrier (i.e., water) and increasing the amount of glyphosate herbicide (i.e., increasing the herbicide concentration) in the spray solution, the herbicide is more effective.  Moreover, this is the case even though an application may cover less of the target plant.

Take a look at the photos below and this video to see before and after images of weeds treated with low volume/high concentration applications: Video (link).  As you will see in the foliar applications, very small amounts of herbicide are applied to very small areas of foliage (probably covering less than 10% of the green foliage).  In spite of the small amount of coverage, the weeds were completely killed.

Concentrated Foam Herbicide Applied to Bull Thistle Rosette

Concentrated Foam Herbicide Applied to Bull Thistle Rosette

8 Days Later - Thistle Is Dead

8 Days Later – Thistle Is Dead

How to Kill Japanese Knotweed Using Foliar Application of Foam Herbicide – Presentation at Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference

This presentation at the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference, 2014, summarized some of our control work on invasive knotweed at Southwood Nature Preserve in

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Foam Stream Targeting Invasive Knotweed

the Twin Cities Metro area.  It also briefly discusses use of our foam herbicide system by the Northeast Iowa RC&D where they have had success treating a large infestation of greater than 25 acres.  Finally, Washington State

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Foam Herbicide Clinging to Knotweed Leaves

University did some testing this summer comparing our foam herbicide dispenser to traditional spraying techniques.  So far (and these results are very preliminary), the foam herbicide has performed better than the spray even though half as much herbicide was used on the plots where foam was applied.  The full presentation is online at: How to Kill Japanese Knotweed.

As soon as we get data from Washington State University on their testing of the foam system, we will provide a link or other information.