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.
A few years ago, I noticed some of my valves weren’t turning on. All these valves were in one sprinkler box and I could soon tell the problem was with the wiring. The wire for this particular valve box started at the valves, snaked its way through a rock retaining wall and under a deck (filled with creep-crawlies) and then under a rock walkway before being buried in a few inches of dirt and entering the garage where it was joined with timer. Needless to say, repairing it wasn’t a … Read More
It’s Earth Day! Any day is a good day to start conserving energy, water, and natural resources, but Earth Day serves as a reminder that we only have a certain amount of all the good things our planet provides and we should be careful with it all. At Orbit, we’re especially concerned about using water. The Earth may seem like it has plenty of water, but in reality only about one percent of it is available to humans for things like bathing, watering our lawns, and doing the dishes—oh, and … Read More
Want to water your fruits and vegetables with drip irrigation? Drip irrigation has many advantages for the home gardener, starting with water conservation. 90 to 95 percent of the water goes into the soil, so less water is needed to wet the root zone. Walkways stay dry, so you can work whenever you want without having to worry about muddy shoes. And by keeping moisture off the plant leaves, you keep funguses and plant disease from developing. Drip irrigation can be easily tailored to the specific type of plant, and … Read More
As we enter the spring and summer months, that means lots of people are turning their attention to their gardens. The deep freeze is (for most) thawing and revealing all the projects and cleanup that needs doing.
But even though it’s been a rough winter with record snowfall for many parts of the country, there are still large parts that are going to be facing water shortages this year. In fact, the situation is so serious that many municipalities are already planning on watering restrictions. So how can you still enjoy … Read More
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
“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
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
Now that you are officially an expert in connecting to the water source with backflow protection and pipe placement, we’ll cover the rest of the installation process. We’ll go over how to connect the mainline, install your manifolds, connect each zone, install risers and heads, and connect sprinkler wire. Sounds like a lot, but it really will be easy once you get started.
How to Install the Valve Manifold
The first step to installing your valve manifold is to install a valve box. Select a location that complies with … Read More
Last week we discussed the different types of pipe used commonly used in sprinkler systems. We discussed how to lay out the pipes for your system and how to dig the trenches. Finally we discussed timers and their placement. This week we’re going to go further in the process by connecting to the municipal water source, installing any necessary backflow prevention and putting pipes in the ground.
Connect Water to Main
Where your water comes from will determine how you connect into it. … Read More
How to plan your underground irrigation system. We discuss everything from picking out the right sprinkler heads, valves & manifolds and zones.