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When it comes to underground irrigation products, Orbit Irrigation is recognized as the leader in the Do-It-Yourself industry. Customers look for the "Orbit" name.

Jun 22
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Shrub and Flowerbed Watering Solved

There are so many different parts of a yard, and many different ways to get the watering needs met.  For lawns, the best is pop up sprinklers, with their great coverage, while for gardens drip can be best option, with pinpoint precision and water savings.

Shrubs and flowerbeds tend to sit somewhere in the middle and can cause a tricky problem of balancing water conservation with getting all the plants the water they need, all while keeping everything looking great.  Orbit offers a wide variety of options for shrub sprinklers and … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
Jun 11
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Keeping Sprinkler Valves Healthy for Better Irrigation Health

The heart of any underground irrigation system is the valves.  And just like the human heart, if your valves have problems, the rest of the system can suffer.  Luckily there are a handful of simple tips you can follow to make sure your valves stay in top shape.

Perhaps the most important thing you can do is ensure your system is winterized properly.  We see more valves broken because the water was not cleared and froze during the winter, than any other problem.  Valves are built to withstand immense water pressures, … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
Jun 05
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The Right Drip Manifold for the Job

We’ve discussed picking the right drip tubing and the right drip sprinkler in previous posts.  Now, to tie it all together, we’ll discuss how to find the right drip manifold.  Orbit makes numerous manifolds for you to choose from, and each has its advantages, based on the criteria you want to meet.

At the top of the range is the Apollo 8 manifold.  This manifold can be placed on any ½-inch riser, contains 8 individually adjustable ports and removable filter with pressure compensation.  When the job requires a lot of different … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
May 29
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The Drip Tubing Puzzle Solved

Drip irrigation is an amazing innovation.  In a world where we are trying to save as much of our precious water as possible, drip allows us to get the biggest bang for the buck.

But drip can also be confusing because of the many options and configuration pattern possibilities.  One area that often raises more questions than answers is drip tubing.  But we’ll break it down for you so you can choose which tubing is right for your situation.

Drip tubing can be broken down into three categories: distribution, soaker and emitter, … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
May 19
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Orbit’s Race for the Cure

“On a rainy, cold Saturday morning, Orbit associates showed up to the Salt Lake City Public Library to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The Race for the Cure, which happens in each state across the country, is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. It has been an Orbit tradition for years to participate and raise money for this great cause. Orbit’s team this year, captained by Farah Mohammed, had 16 members and was able to raise … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
May 14
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Get More Drip Savings with the Right Nozzle

So you’ve decided to install drip to conserve more water.  But where do you go from there?  If you’re browsing Orbit’s selection of drip products, you see there are dozens of options and it can quickly get confusing.  But picking the right sprinklers doesn’t have to be difficult.

Depending on the area you want to water, you’ll likely be picking between micro-spray, bubblers or drippers.

Micro-spray sprinklers act just like mini spray head sprinklers, only with a smaller, gentler stream.  They come in full, half, and quarter parterns, as well as strip … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
May 11
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Orbit Max Nozzle Perfect for Countless Jobs

Like many of you, I was recently starting up my sprinkler system and getting serious about fixing up my yard for summer. While I was trimming, tilling, and planting, I noticed that my yard required a lot of cleanup that I hadn’t paid attention to before. Particularly, cleaning the windows and walls of my house, hand watering some potted plants before I put them in the ground and even washing my car. All of these required me to use my hose, but each one needed a different nozzle.

The problem was … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
Apr 30
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The Perfect Time for Improvment

We were recently talking with a visitor here at Orbit about how droughts are a good avenue for education and improvement. They require people to think about irrigation in ways they never have before.  We know many of our customers have sprinkler systems which are decades old, and besides the occasional repair, they haven’t given much thought to what advancements have been made in the world of irrigation.  Over the years, new developments make sprinklers more efficient, saving money, water and time.

For the remainder of the home irrigation season, we’ll … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
Apr 09
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Save Water & Money with WateringSchedule.com

If you’re one of the millions who’s getting ready to start up your sprinklers, make sure to check out wateringschedule.com, Orbit’s free sprinkler system optimization tool.

What is watering schedule?  Designed to run in tandem with Orbit’s catch cups, wateringschedule.com is internet’s best way to make sure you’re getting enough water—but not too much—to your lawn.  Why would you want to do this?  All of us want to save water and money.  In fact, you may live in an area that has imposed watering restrictions.  But when your system is optimized, … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
Mar 26
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The Challenge of Beating the Drought

There you are.  Spring is just around the corner.  You can already feel it in the air and see it in the trees and flowers.  It’s exciting and you can’t wait to get your yard up and running again.  But there’s a problem.  One that’s been going on for a long time.  Drought.

The biggest market for any home and garden company is California.  Unfortunately, the Golden State is entering its fourth year of low water levels, and that has forced the government to implement even further watering restrictions, some of … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0