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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.

Jul 30
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The Amazing Cooling Power of Mist

Right now, much of the country is in the dog days of summer, where temps might hit triple digits.  But instead of retreating to the comfort of the indoors, Orbit’s misting products let you enjoy the garden, all while staying cool and saving water.

Our very own Orbit Expert, Brad Wardle, stopped by a local news station to demonstrate the real and wonderful cooling power of mist.

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Jul 22
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Find Water Savings Indoors and Out

Here at Orbit, we’re focused on saving you water in the garden.  But there are plenty of ways to save water at other places around the home.  Here’s some great tips from our friends at Serviz.

 

Wash room

After washing clothes, your water is called grey water.  Considering the average washing machine can use up to 40 gallons per load, you’d be surprised how much grey water is produced from your weekly loads of laundry.  And if you have an organic washing detergent, that water would be perfect for your plants outside.

 

Bathroom

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Jul 17
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Mist Cooling Brings Summer Relief

Sometimes it’s difficult to decide what to do with summer.  On the one hand, we want to be outside, enjoying the sunshine and nature.  We want to experience those fun summer activities with our families.  But on the other hand, it’s so hot that none of that stuff is enjoyable.

It just so happens there’s a great solution that lets you take cooling to many of these activities.  Orbit’s line of mist cooling devices work great to bring down the temperature so you can enjoy being outside.

Mist is useful in a … Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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