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Aug 04
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How to Repair a Hose with a Hose Mender

Weeks ago, while at the local big-box hardware store, I was in the gardening aisle picking up some insect killer and overheard a conversation between a clerk and customer over hoses. I stood and listened for a moment. Apparently the gentleman had broken his hose pulling it through his yard, getting it caught on something, causing it to tear somewhere in the middle. Garden hoses in the store ranged from $20-$60, and he was asking about the ‘highest quality’ hose, thinking a stronger hose was the answer.

“Did you know you … Read More

By Ty Kilgore Comments: 0
Jul 15
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Become A Sprinkler Nozzle Expert

So it’s July, for many the hottest month of the year, and you’ve got a broken spray nozzle.  You go into the local hardware store to get a new one and you’re greeted with dozens of options.    We understand that all these choices can be confusing, so let’s run down the different types of nozzles you’re likely to see and make you a nozzle expert!

There are really three things you need to know when going in to purchase a new spray nozzle: 1) spray distance, 2) pattern and 3) threading.  … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
Jul 10
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Great time at the Bees’ game!

Monday night Orbit sponsored “Water Conservation” night at the Salt Lake Bees baseball game. Not only  did we share water conservation pointers, but we had some fun while we were at it. We had raffles to give away products, threw out the first pitch and gave out rubber baseballs to those in attendance

By Matt S Comments: 0
Jun 27
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Conquering Wind in the Garden

The best laid plans of Mice and Men, often go awry. 

So often we hear from customers who are having performance issues with their sprinkler systems.  Everything looks great on paper.  They layout, installation, and operation are all top notch.  But they find their lawns and gardens are not getting a consistent flow of water because of one enemy; one that is unavoidable and impossible to predict: Mother Nature.

For example, I recently spoke with a customer from southern California, who, for most of year, doesn’t have many problems.  He recently … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
Jun 20
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Orbit Sprinkler System in Parade of Homes

Orbit has sponsored the sprinkler system, landscape lighting, and temperature control (thermostats) of a home in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes.

Remember back on May 21 of this year, we added a post about a hands-on installation that our team performed?? Well, this is it. The sprinkler system went in with ease (thanks to PVC-Lock and Eco-Lock), the landscape lighting is beautiful, and the thermostat isn’t just a box that controls temperature, it’s masterpiece in style and function.

The house is ready for touring.  The yard is landscaped with sod and beautiful … Read More

By Matt S Comments: 0
Jun 18
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Adventures in Lawn Maintenance

This last weekend, my family and I visited our beautiful lakeside cabin to do a little maintenance and get some R&R.  Because the cabin is located in mountainous valley of higher elevation, summer tends to break a bit later there.  Even in mid-June we were still getting night-time temperatures in the high 40’s and the days were in the low 70’s.  So while this may not translate perfectly into what much of the rest of the country is experiencing, we still did have to do some lawn maintenance and thought … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 1
Jun 10
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10 Orbit Products You Didn’t Know You Wanted

We’re constantly getting ideas for new products.  Each comes from a specific problem a customer is having and, when we can’t solve with our existing product line, we go to the drawing board.  Here are ten Orbit products you didn’t know you wanted.

 

The Orbit Emergency Tool is smart to have around in case of a earthquake, fire, water main break or other natural disasters.  When precious seconds count, you want a tool that will stand out, day or night.  This tool is made in high visibility yellow plastic that is … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 3
Jun 05
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Summer Lawn Maintenance

School is ending, the forecast is clearing and insanely hot weather is right around the corner. Here are a few ideas to keep your lawn healthy during the scorching summer months.

Adjust your mower. A general rule of thumb is to keep your blade at three inches (or slightly higher). This allows the grass to develop deeper roots and maintain moisture.

Limit lawn treatments. Fertilizing, seeding and thatch removal are best done during the fall or spring. Instead, focus on keeping foot and vehicle traffic off your lawn during the hot months.

Watch … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 1
Jun 04
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Managing Vegetable Gardens

About this time of year most people have their vegetables planted, whether they be in beds or grow boxes.  Now comes the task of managing these plants so they yield the crops you want.  Taking care of a vegetable garden isn’t too difficult.  A few simple steps will allow you to have healthy plants with as little effort as possible.

Since we’ve already set up the drip or spray irrigation system for the plants, they watering should be taken care of.  However, as the season changes and weather gets warmer—and sometimes … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
May 29
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Pumpkin Season Starts Now

Pumpkin pie, jack-o-lanterns, changing leaves and frost on the ground—these are the sort of things we many typically associate with fall. Right now, with the summer creeping in, it’s probably the last thing on your mind. But if you want jack-o-lanterns for Halloween or pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, now is the time to start planting.

You’ll choose the type of pumpkin you grow depending on what you want your pumpkins for (eating or carving). There are dozens of varieties of pumpkins (here’s a good site for learning more about each), but … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0