hose end sprayer

How to Use a Hose End Sprayer

I need you to do me a favor. I want you to go outside, take your hose and spray it on the ground. Now imagine if there was water coming out of that hose at full blast for just about 15 minutes straight without stopping or taking breaks. It would be quite an interesting sight, right? What would happen to the ground where all that water was sprayed? Well, after about 3-5 days of continuous spraying with enough force and pressure from the nozzle, the earth will become saturated with moisture and will start turning into mud! That's what happens when you use a hose end sprayer incorrectly. But don't worry - I'm here now to walk you through how this nifty little device works!

What is a hose end sprayer?

A hose-end sprayer is a container/sprayer nozzle combination tool that allows liquid products to be mixed with water right at the end of a hose. This tool provides a fast and easy way for homeowners to apply liquid gardening products. Though there are some hose-end sprayers that can be used for powdered products, for now we are only going to talk about those meant for liquids only.

How to Use a Hose End Sprayer

A hose-end sprayer is simply a tool that  siphons  out products from a bottle and mixes the product with water for easy spraying . All hose-end sprayers designed for use with  liquid  products (not powders or granules) work in a similar fashion.

 When you turn the sprayer on, water passes through the spray head on top of the bottle and shoots out the other end.  As the water moves  through the top of the spray head, it creates a suction or vacuum that siphons the liquid product up the tube to the top of the spray head.  There, and not in the bottle, it mixes with the hose water and gets sprayed out. Most hose-end sprayers have a knob or button that allows you to close off the hole on the siphon tube so you can spray water only if desired. 

 The size of the hole underneath the spray head will determine how many ounces (or teaspoons) of liquid product will be siphoned up for every gallon of water that you spraySprayers will have either just one hole underneath, or they will have multiple holes (or settings) that you can choose from.

How to Calibrate a Hose End Sprayer

Hose End Sprayer Instructions

To use the sprayer, connect the male end of your garden hose to the female accessory inlet on the side of your black tank solution pump. Run water through the pump until it is filled with clean water before you start spraying. Connect your garden hose to the threaded adapter on top of the tank solution pump. Turn off all valves after you are finished spraying and disconnect hoses from the pump.

Wash any tools or surfaces that have come in contact with raw sewage immediately. Use bleach mixed with water (1 ounce bleach to 1 gallon water) to disinfect these tools or surfaces. Spray down any surfaces that sewage may have splashed onto, including wheel wells and undercarriage, then rinse well with a strong stream of water. Do not allow bleach to dry on any surface or it can eat away at paint and metal. Dispose of the old solution in your grey tank by using a sewer hookup or dumping station.

How to Use an Ortho Hose End Sprayer

Simply pour the product into the jar, choose your desired setting and spray pattern, connect the hose and you're off! It has 14 built-in dilution settings to automatically mix the product with water so you can trust that you are providing the precise amount of treatment every time. There are also three spray patterns so you can deliver the product in the most efficient and effective way possible. Use the Broadcast pattern for large, open areas; the Jet spray for high, hard-to-reach places (up to 25 ft. away); and the Shower setting to provide a gentle shower that's perfect for flowers and vegetation.

Ortho Hose End Sprayer

How to Use Chapin Hose End Sprayer

Remove the lid and make sure the straw is on the nipple on the bottom of the sprayer.

  • First select the number of liters/gallons of product for the area you want to spray:
    • 11 liters/3 gals.
    • 23 liters/6 gals
    • 57 liters/15 gals.
    • 80 liters/21 gals.
    • This means when you are out of product in the jar, you have sprayed the total liters/gallons of mixed product you have selected.
  • After determining your needed liters/gallons quantity, multiply the number of liters/gallons desired times the quantity per liters/gallons recommended by the manufacturer. Pour it directly into the jar.
  • Fill the jar with water to the line that represents the total liters/gallons you want to spray.
  • Turn the selection knob to the desired liters/gallons of spray setting. Do not turn water on while adjusting the nozzle.
  • Select desired spray pattern
  • Spray until empty.
Chapin hose end sprayer

How to Use Chameleon Hose End Sprayer

  1. Unscrew cap or pull out spray handle assembly from plastic bottle. Fill bottle with water by turning bottle upside down until bottom of filler tube in neck of bottle reaches desired level on outside of container (mountain on side of container). DO NOT OVERFILL.
  2. Replace cap/spray handle assembly on top of filled bottle - remove any excess air in trigger mechanism by depressing repeatedly while pushing up and down on plunger over nozzle opening (discard this solution) - pressurize the chameleon unit at this time by pumping plunger multiple times (10+ pushes) while depressing the trigger mechanism - this will ensure proper spring action in sprayer and facilitate easy pumping/spraying operation.
Chameleon hose end sprayer

Chameleon Pump Sprayers and other types of hose end sprayers do not need to be primed before use, although if you want to test your unit after filling it is advisable.

Last But Not Least!

The article has provided us with some great insights on how to use a hose end sprayer and what it is. We now know that we can calibrate the nozzle so that our water comes out in a fine mist instead of just spraying everywhere, which saves time and money!  This may seem like common sense to many people but if you're someone who's never used one before then this blog post was for you. As always, please let us know if there are any other topics or subjects you’d like covered since we want your experience here at Hose End Sprayers Blog to be as informative as possible.