The Dustin Mizer
is a durable lightweight, hand-cranked blower perfect for spreading powders such as fertilizer or diatomaceous earth on gardens, plants, trees, or shrubs.
The number one selling lightweight duster on the market today
Fertilizing with dry powders can be a tricky business. Even coverage can be hard to achieve, and measuring out individual scoops to apply can be time consuming for treating large gardens or plant rows.
With the Dustin Mizer lightweight hand-cranked blower, you can apply diatomaceous earth, fertilizers, and pesticides evenly and efficiently over gardens and infested insect/pest areas all with the power of a 72 rpm blower. Turning the hand-crank applies an even surface coating to plants, vegetables, fruits, lawns, and trees.
The Dustin Mizer can also be used to dust large animals e.g. horses and cattle.
The Dustin Mizer hand blower is
- Economically priced
- Weather resistant
- Contains few moving parts providing added reliability
- Lightweight yet durable plastic construction will stand up to year after year of use
- Easy to clean, just rinse with water
- Sifts powders with a built in stainless-steel screen
- No batteries or electrical cords, so it’s portable and easy to use anywhere
- Environmentally friendly: uses hand power instead of an engine, wasting no gas and causing no pollution
- Can apply fertilizers and other applicants directly under the leaf with the deflector extension (included)
More information about dry dusting
Nearly everyone agrees that fertilizer is a necessary component to a healthy lawn or garden. There is some debate however on what type of application method is best. Here are some of the pros and cons of each:
Wet fertilizers can:
- Be applied directly in a soluble form and have the ability to soak into the soil and be absorbed more quickly
- Be applied to the leaves and stem with the use of a sprayer
- Be the most efficient method of delivery for large scale growing operations
Disadvantages of wet fertilizers:
- Evaporation can affect the strength and coverage of the mixture
- Liquids are more likely to cause accidental run off, contaminating nearby water sources
- Liquids can be less concentrated than powders and less potent
- Liquid fertilizers can be more expensive than dry powdered fertilizers
Advantages of dry fertilizers:
- Higher concentrations mean stronger dosages can be achieved with smaller amounts of product
- Powder works over time allowing the plant to access the supplements when needed
- Powders can usually be bought in bulk which can make them more economical
Dry powder drawbacks include:
- Powders can be more time consuming to apply to plants than liquids
- Over applied powdered fertilizers can seriously damage plants and are harder to flush than liquids
- Powders are harder to apply evenly
- Powders can require moisture to fully activate, requiring an additional watering step over liquid methods
The Dustin Mizer hand duster can help you eliminate these drawbacks of traditional dry powder applications. It works fast, allowing you to control the amount applied. The Dustin Mizer disperses powdered materials consistently and smoothly. And with the additional extension, you can easily apply fertilizers and powders to the underside of leaves and top growth without ever having to kneel or pull up on the vegetation.
The Dustin Mizer hand duster is a fantastic tool for any gardener serious about efficient dry powder distribution.
Dusting principles still used today
Crop Dusting, or “Aerial Application” as it is known today, has been used for almost 90 years as a means of widespread pest control. The first known instance occurred in 1921 near Dayton, Ohio. Using a surplus World War I fighter plane and a makeshift hopper of powdered lead arsenate, Lt. John A. Macready treated an orchard that was heavily infested by the catalpa sphinx moth. The plan worked and a new method of insect control was born.
As the application process became more refined, farmers found they could rely on crop dusting to help fertilize their ever increasing fields. Methodologies were improved, and companies formed to fulfill the needs of the growers. For example, a crop dusting company founded in Louisiana became known as the “Delta Dusters”, and became so successful they ventured into commercial aviation. You may now know them by their more popular name; Delta Airlines.
Modern air shows can attribute much of their success to crop dusting as well, as many of aviation’s first daredevil pilots learned their craft while flying crop dusters. Famous for flying dangerously low and extremely fast, today’s showman often use bi-planes similar in appearance to old crop dusting aircrafts. They even “spray” smoke, and perform acts and maneuvers that are commonly referred to as “barnstorming”.
Today modern crop dusting planes are designed for maximum efficiency in the shortest amount of flight time. Instead of field spotters with flags, they use GPS and satellite imagery. Helicopters have also joined the ranks, with the ability to hover over a crop allowing for longer sprays and a more direct application. And while the days of strapping 50 gallon drums to the bottoms of plane wings are long gone, the principles behind that first idea are still alive and well. Dusting crops will also be an effective counter measure in the growing process.
Carefully fill the Dustin Mizer dry powder reservoir with the application material of your choice. For best results, use only clean, bagged dry powders to prevent the blower from clogging. Point the spray tube downwind and towards the plant you wish to treat and moderately turn the hand crank. Evenly dust the plant until you have reached the desired treatment. Application amounts vary with materials used. For under leaf dusting, attach the deflector extension with the curvature facing up. Place underneath the leaves and turn handle as normal.