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Yearly Archives: 2013

How to Install an Underground Irrigation System

Written on May 6, 2013 at 10:45 pm, by

Why should I install an underground irrigation system?

Increase Home Value and Cost Savings

Underground irrigation systems offer a host of benefits. For starters, the upfront effort and cost pay for themselves after just a few watering seasons. You will see a decrease in your monthly water bill almost immediately. An underground irrigation system can also enhance your home’s curb appeal, which increases marketability and home value.

When properly installed, maintained and operated, an in-ground sprinkler system can easily save hundreds (and in some cases thousands) of dollars in annual water costs. Sprinkler … Read More

Starting up your Sprinkler System

Written on April 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm, by

Did you know that starting your sprinkler system right can help you conserve water and save money?

Sounds complicated, you say.

Trust us, it simpler than you think.

Just start off with four simple steps.

When you turn you sprinkler system on for the first time this season:

1. Inspect and repair manifolds, valves, and sprinkler lines for any leaks.

2. Replace any broken sprinkler heads or nozzles.

3. Clear any debris interfering with sprinkler heads and nozzles.

4. Adjust sprinkler patterns to prevent watering sidewalks, streets, and driveways.

These steps, along with smart watering, can help you save … Read More

World Water Day 2013

Written on March 22, 2013 at 11:07 pm, by

Today marks the celebration of World Water Day, a day set apart by the United Nations to increase water awareness and promote sustainable management of freshwater resources. So, in honor of World Water Day, we’d like to share a few facts about water around the world.

World Water by Numbers

Water, energy, and food are intrinsically linked: water is needed to produce energy, energy is needed to deliver the water needed for food production [1]
In much of the world, water plays a role in gender inequality. Research in sub-Saharan Africa suggests that women … Read More

Tips for a Green Yard this Spring

Written on March 15, 2013 at 10:51 pm, by

When someone mentions green this time of year, you may think of St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns, four-leaf clover, or the green hills of Ireland. But this tradition goes beyond St. Patrick and his holiday.

The Irish Tradition of Green

Long before green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day, the ancient Celts wore green in celebration of the Vernal Equinox and the rebirth of the earth. And who could blame them? Known as the Emerald Island, Ireland’s principal color is green. Some even claim that the island boasts over 40 shades of that … Read More

Spring

Written on March 13, 2013 at 3:10 pm, by

Spring. There’s something about the re-birth of the earth that has captured the hearts of people all over the world. For centuries, poets have lauded spring in poems like this one, artists have immortalized spring scenes like this one, and musicians captured the feel of spring in music like this one.

We don’t know about you, but here at Orbit, we are starting to get Spring Fever. The snow is starting to melt in the valley, the temperature is climbing, and spirits are rising. Our spring probably feels more like this … Read More

Sow Your Seeds Indoors

Written on March 1, 2013 at 10:52 pm, by

Winter may be digging its icy claws into the world, determined not to give up its hold. But we all know Spring will come . . . eventually. You can speed up the process in your own house by starting your vegetable seeds indoors. It’s fun. It’s easy. And it helps beat the late-winter blues.

Sowing your seeds indoors will not only bring you that little burst of life that you need, it will also give your garden a kick-start. Starting your garden inside gives your plants plenty of time to … Read More

14 Ways to Love Your Home

Written on February 15, 2013 at 11:26 pm, by

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we are sharing fourteen ways to love your home.

1. Set a regular cleaning schedule

There is a quote—often attributed to Benjamin Franklin—that says, “Failure to plan is planning to fail.” Don’t let this be the case with your house. Make a schedule to clean one or two rooms each day and then stick to your schedule. By doing this, you won’t have to feel overwhelmed by a day full of cleaning and you’ll feel happier and more comfortable in your home.

2. Take care of your yard

Whether … Read More

How to Prevent Back Injuries while Shoveling

Written on February 8, 2013 at 11:55 pm, by

Just a few days ago, Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring. Whether or not that’s true, there are many of us who still have snow to deal with until Spring makes her appearance.

While the white, fluffy stuff might be beautiful, it also brings an increased risk of back injuries due to shoveling. And no one likes a sore back.

So as that snow continues to pile up outside, here are some tips to save your back.

Stretch before going out to tackle any load.
Wear the proper clothing to protect yourself from the … Read More

Orbit Snow Shovels are Tough

Written on January 25, 2013 at 11:43 pm, by

For over four decades, Orbit has been making products to assist you in creating the perfect landscape. But what happens when the last leaf drops and it’s time to store away your watering tools? Do your landscaping needs end with the close of summer?

Headquartered in Northern Utah, home of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Orbit knows that landscaping needs last year round. We are used to clearing walks, driveways, and outdoor living spaces of Utah’s renowned snow.

While clearing snow isn’t all that exciting, it is a fact of life for … Read More