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Yearly Archives: 2013

Winter Testing Ground

Written on December 10, 2013 at 10:45 am, by

The other day, we had a big snow storm here at Orbit.  Based in northern Utah, we get them quite often, so it wasn’t the end of the world, but it certainly does affect the commute.  Luckily, it gave a us a chance to test out Orbit’s new line of snow shovels.

You’re thinking what’s so special about a snow shovel, right?  Well, Orbit does have something a bit different to offer.  From first look our snow shovels may look like all the others, but the truth is we’ve manufactured the … Read More

Summer’s Winding Down, But it’s Time to Prepare for Next Year

Written on September 18, 2013 at 9:49 am, by

Now’s the perfect time to plant bulbs for next year.  Tulips (in all their varieties), Hyacinth, Daffodils and Iris’ are all popular species to plant this fall.  And in much of the country we’re just entering the window for perfect planting.

Expert opinion varies, but most suggest you try to plant your bulbs anywhere from 2-6 weeks before the first frost.  Look for evening temperatures of high 40’s to high 50’s.

Planting bulbs can be a fun family activity.  It allows for creativity and surprise.  Most bulbs can be purchased by color, … Read More

Mist on the Move

Written on August 20, 2013 at 7:59 am, by

We’ve been posting about Orbit’s fantastic misting systems, Arizona Mist, all month. There’s no doubt that if you’re the type of person who spends a lot of times outdoors during the hot summer months, a nice misting system can be a refreshing retreat. If you have a covered patio, porch, or gazebo the perfect solution is a permanent misting system, but so much of our lives are on the go without a roof overhead. Not to worry, Orbit has plenty of ways for you to be active and on the … Read More

Eliminate the Frustrations of Mist

Written on August 16, 2013 at 8:01 am, by

Anyone who’s ever owned a misting system has probably experienced the frustrations associated with upkeep.  The cleaning and gunk, the finger-crossing every time you start your misting system up, hoping it will work, parts being clogged, broken or lost.  All the irritation can lead many to wonder if mist is even worth owning.  Thankfully, maintenance has become much easier over the years and Orbit’s misting systems are nearly trouble free if you apply some simple preventative care.

Perhaps the biggest complaint we hear is that of clogging.  Misting nozzles have the … Read More

Mist: Not Just Cool, Easy Too

Written on August 12, 2013 at 10:05 am, by

Installing mist is easy.  It’s actually quite fun as you think about the different cooling options.  Orbit sells misting kits and individual parts for expansion. 

The first step to any mist system is to pick where you want to put it.  Consider areas where you spend (or would like to spend) a lot of time.  Common areas are patios, porches, decks, and balconies.  But it could really be anywhere.  Once you know where you want mist, you need to measure how much mist tubing you’ll need.  Orbit’s Arizona Mist can expand … Read More

Don’t Just Survive Summer, Live It

Written on August 7, 2013 at 2:37 pm, by

Many parts of the world are experiencing hot summers.  Not just typically hot, but really hot summers.  But being out in the sun is one of the best parts of summer.  Barbecues, picnics, having fun with family and friends.  And our backyards and porches are usually the epicenter of these activities.  Orbit’s Arizona Mist is the perfect way to stay cool.

Many people have experienced mist while at a theme park or sporting event.  But this same technology is possible in the average home.  It works by driving water out of … Read More

Smart Irrigation Through A Few Simple Steps

Written on July 26, 2013 at 3:12 pm, by

If you’ve been following our blog posts this month (or Facebook or Twitter), you’d know that July is Smart Irrigation Month.  And for us at Orbit, smart irrigation is anything that saves you time, money, or water.  Timers do all three.  We wanted to share some simple tips that can help you optimize your timer.

Adjusting the time your sprinklers come on is probably the biggest thing you can change.  Did you know that you could lose up to a third of your water to evaporation if you’re watering during the … Read More

How to Deal with Water Shortages!

Written on July 19, 2013 at 11:48 am, by

“Water Shortages Conserve Water!” is not a phrase I wanted to hear as this Summer season began.  Sure, I enjoy conserving water just as much as the next person, but it has been really depressing watching my once lush, green lawn begin to yellow and die under the rays of triple digit heat.

Due to low water yielding winter and spring seasons, many residents in northern Davis County, Utah are under mandatory and voluntary water restrictions. As Spring transitioned to Summer, these signs began to populate the local landscape.  Residents are … Read More

Smart Irrigation is About More Than Saving Water

Written on July 15, 2013 at 10:08 am, by

Smart irrigation month is about more than just saving water.  It’s about saving money and time as well.  One product that we’re particularly proud of is our Eco-lock and PVC-lock fittings.  This ingenious product saves so much time.  Fittings no longer require primer and glue.  Just press the pipe into the fitting and it locks into place.  Don’t worry, it’s very durable, able to withstand over 1200 pounds of pressure.  Considering the average yard has 50-100 PSI, you’re good.

Eco-Lock Fitting

PVC-Lock Fitting

This is great whether you’re doing a new … Read More

Windowsill Herb Garden is Easy and Fun

Written on July 11, 2013 at 9:41 am, by

For smart irrigation month we decided to put together a small planter to grow herbs (they’re the legal kind, don’t worry).  Herbs are a great plant to grow.  We’re growing ours outdoors, but they also do well indoors.  They smell good, grow fast, and are great for cooking.

To speed up watering, we decided to install some soaker hosing.  Ours hooks to a hose and is expandable, but these could easily be linked to an existing sprinkler system and other drip lines.

Here are the supplies we’ll use.

We’ve got 18 inches of … Read More