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Oct 23
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Fall Prep Part 3: Inside the Home

Now that the weather is starting to change, there are a lot of changes you should make as a homeowner as well.  Most of your time will probably be outside your home, but there are plenty of items inside your home that should be adjusted as well.

First thing is switching from cold to hot.  Now that it’s cooler outside, you’ll want to ensure your furnace is turned on and working properly.  This is especially important because of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.  There are likely many companies that can … Read More

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Oct 16
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Fall Prep Part 2: Cleanup Outside Your Home

The winter is a harsh time for your home, but by spending a few hours in preparation you can prevent expensive damage and make sure winter storms don’t cause damage.  Here are some tips on getting the outside of your home and outdoor yard tools ready for the season.

Getting your summer tools stored properly is key.  A power tool that will be sitting all winter has a specific way it needs to be prepped for the long rest.  Make sure all power tools are either drained of gasoline or have long term … Read More

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Oct 09
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Fall Prep Series, Part 1: Around the Yard

Getting your yard ready for winter takes more than just shutting off the sprinklers.  If you live in an area that typically gets snow or below freezing, there are a number of things you’ll want to do to make sure your yard is prepped for the harsh season ahead.  And that all starts in the fall before any of the really bad weather comes.

All around the yard there’s some general, end-of-season clean up you’ll want to perform.  Starting with the lawn, aeration is recommended in the spring and the fall … Read More

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Aug 24
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Secrets of an Efficient Sprinkler Timer

At Orbit we’re always trying to develop and integrate new technologies into our timers. This assures you get the most versatile control over your sprinkler system.
But we find that many of our customers are unaware of the immense potential their timers posses, and thus rely only on simple watering schedules that waste water and don’t provide the greenest lawn or prettiest flower beds possible.

One of the key features almost all our timers provide is the ability to schedule interval watering. Interval watering is when a timer waters for multiple cycles, … Read More

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Aug 07
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DIY Shout-Out

We here at Orbit love getting feedback. We love when customers share their good experiences and well as their poor experiences and where we can improve. It’s great to see people using our products and helping others maximum their efficiency.

Here’s a great video from the Sparky Channel, who has many great DIY videos. This one covers installing a new Orbit Easy Set Logic outdoor timer:

Another great product is our preassembled manifolds. Here’s and installation video by AdamDIY:

What about our hose end timers? … Read More

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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

A … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
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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