It may seem hard to believe it, but an air compressor should be on your list of essential gardening tools. Powerful and versatile, this piece of equipment can be used in many ways, as it can help you work faster and do a better job.
One thing you can use an air compressor for is blowing your garden hose. You need a special air adapter tool to connect the hose to the compressor, and you’re good to go. Within a couple of minutes, your hose it going to be all dry, with no more stale water on the inside. This solution can be used to winterize water pipes, as well as for doing various cleaning jobs. Compressed air can easily remove debris accumulations in your barnyard areas.
Spray painting is another job you can do with an air compressor. You can give your old garden shed a new look much faster than you’d ever be able to do with a brush. Besides, spray painting produces a more uniform coat of paint or varnish, so the result is going to be more appealing.
The air compressor can successfully replace your good old hammer. Use it with a nail gun and you’ll never want to revert back to your old way of shooting nails into wood. As a matter of fact, you can use your air compressor with a wide range of pneumatic tools. Holding your wire mesh fence in place, for instance, can be done much easier if you use a pneumatic staple gun.
Weeding, Fungicides and Pesticides
Weeding is yet another job you can complete much faster by using an air compressor. Spraying a coarse powder made from natural things onto the weeds in your garden is going to kill them. This is a fairly new technique, but all testing done so far shows promising results. If you’re into organic farming, you could try this method with corn gluten meal, as it is an effective weed killer many farmers use to strip weeds from a field.
If you have trees in your garden, you may use your air compressor together with a professional spraying unit. This works much faster than manual sprayers. In addition, you’ll find it easier to reach the top of the trees. It’s also a good idea to use such air powered sprayers for spreading fungicides or fertilizers onto your crops.
Last but not least, you can use an air compressor to power special water pumps. This technique is known as “the air lift method” and it can be an effective alternative to electrically-driven pumps that may fail during storms or in case of major power outage.
As you can see, there are many ways you can use an air compressor in your garden, so you should definitely get one if you haven’t already. Before making your purchase, make sure you also get the adequate accessories, as well as protection goggles and other safety equipment you’ll have to wear while performing various tasks that involve using nail guns or other power tools.