If you think an air compressor is useful only to inflate vehicle tires, you are mistaken. Air compressors release pressurized air and there are many different ones which can be helpful in many ways. For now, let’s see how it can help you in gardening. Sounds crazy, right? Not really when you get to know how an air compressor can replace some costly garden tools.
Weed picking can injure your fingers. A weed remover makes it easier but do you know that an air compressor can be used for the same? Use air pressure to shoot coarse powder (you can make this by powdering nut shells and fruit seeds together) on weeds to kill weeds completely. Walnut shells are proven to be more effective in this process when sprayed by a high-pressure air compressor.
Pneumatic Nail Gun
Well, the name of this machine pretty much explains it. ‘Pneumatic’ means the machine is operated by gas or air under pressure. In farming and gardening, small wooden structures (sheds) are often built. A pneumatic nail gun drives nails into wood (and even into concrete) with air pressure and fixes the nail in place in one go. Thanks to pneumatic nail guns, you don’t have to get hurt by accidental hammer hits.
If vineyards are part of your garden, you must have thought about making your own wine. For several winery processes, compressed air is known to be more productive. Yeast needs sufficient aeration to successfully help in the fermentation of wine. An oil-free air compressor will supply clean air to quicken this step. An air compressor is also used in centrifuges for clarifying the finished wine.
An important part of gardening includes beautifying it. This is why many gardeners love to paint garden walls, flower pots etc. But unless you are a professional painter, this task is not-so-easy and will end up not-so-neat. Attaching an air compressor to your spray brush will double the speed of painting and bring a better finish to your work. Check it for yourself and you’ll not forget to include an air compressor in your tools when you want to paint next time.
Nowadays, greenhouses are common to grow exclusive plants. A greenhouse is made of glass (occasionally plastic) and the interiors are usually hot. Plants in a greenhouse need to breathe for healthy growth. Installation of air compressors throughout the greenhouse will ensure your greenhouse plants are getting adequate ventilation.
Gardening tools get dirty real quick. Dirty and smelly equipment is not good for your plants. So, you need to clean these tools thoroughly. But, that sounds tiresome. Using compressed air at high pressure, you can clean anything ranging from saws to wheelbarrows quickly. However, be careful not to bring your skin into direct contact with the pressurized air.
It is obvious for a big garden to have a utility vehicle to drive around for yourself. The tires of garden utility vehicles are no way different from car tires. You can use an air compressor to inflate its wheels when needed. But the procedure of inflation may vary a little depending on the rim structure of the wheel.
This one’s for you if dairy farming is a part of your gardening or if you have a couple of cows. Milking your cattle is hard. Few innovative farmers came up with the method of using vacuum pumps and air compressors to milk cows or sheep easily. This led to the invention of pulsators and other similar machines that utilize air compression to improve the efficiency of milking.
Cleaning After Harvesting
Air compressors are excellent cleaners without needing any wetness. You can exploit this benefit by using compressed air to filter the grains harvested from your garden. The results are no less than machine cleaning. Due to no interaction with water, the product can be stored long after the filtration.
Try these ideas and let us know about any other interesting uses of an air compressor you’ve found.