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May 22
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The Perennial Flavor of Summer

Perennials are valued among gardeners for their longevity. With perennials, you’re spared the extra effort of planting new ones every year and can enjoy them for years on end. Here are a few of the most popular perennials:

Astilbe is a beautiful perennial that comes in shades of pink, rose, and white. It is ideal for shady, moist spots. Astilbe flower clusters stand atop glossy, fern-like foliage and vary in size from 6 inches to two feet, and they rise to two or three feet tall. They may look delicate, but … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
May 21
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First Summer Install

This past week a group of Orbit employees got the chance to experiment with some of our products in the real world.  These were employees who don’t work in the field doing installs of sprinklers, but they volunteered for the opportunity knowing it could generate some out-of-the-box thinking and get people’s minds going in new directions.

Orbit is sponsoring the sprinkler system, landscape lighting and thermostats in a soon-to-be-featured new home in the Utah Parade of Homes.  We wanted to specifically highlight the ease of Orbit’s Eco-Lock and PVC-Lock products, to … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
May 16
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Salt Lake Bees “Green Team” Night and Orbit

Orbit is sponsoring “Green Team” night during the Salt Lake Bees game at Smith’s Ballpark on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Orbit encourages you to use water wisely this season. Visit orbitonline.com to find tips and tools for conserving water by optimizing your sprinkler system, installing water efficient drip zones, and using hose faucet timers to monitor and automate hose watering.

Be sure to visit us at our booth in the plaza between 5:00 pm and 6:35  pm before the game for water savings tips and free giveaways. The game starts at … Read More

By Matt S Comments: 0
May 15
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Garden Watering: So Many Options!

Watering your garden can be fun. It can also be confusing based on the amount of options available. From spray nozzles on risers to impact heads, and from pop-up sprinklers to drip emitters, it’s tough to go wrong as long as you get the necessary amounts of water to your plants.

I have experience watering multiple gardens a lot of different ways. When I was young, I often visited my grandpa and helped him irrigate his plants and vegetables. He lived in a farm area with a canal as the main … Read More

By Matt S Comments: 0
May 14
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Letting Your Plants Go to Pot: Planting Potted Plants

Having potted plants is a nice way to enjoy nature on your own terms. It lets you tend a wide variety of flowers and vegetation to be grown where space is limited and allows people in cool-weather climates to grow plants all year round. I love the way they add color and interest to my otherwise boring porch. Here is the basic process you should undergo to nurture your potted plants:

Choose the right pots. Make sure each pot has one or more holes in the bottom to allow water to … Read More

By Matt S Comments: 0
May 08
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Getting the Garden Ready for Vegetables

Once you’ve decided to grow vegetables in your home garden, now comes the actual implementation.  To get a garden ready really doesn’t take all that much, but a few practices greatly improve the chances of quality production from your plants.

After a long winter the soil will likely be compacted and quite tough.  Get the soil ready for planting by breaking it up using a tiller or pitchfork, perhaps working in some nutrient giving mulch or compost at the same time.  Besides adding minerals plants thrive in, it loosens the soil, … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
May 07
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Planning for a Vegetable Garden

Getting your vegetables from the supermarket is all well and good, but grocery store veggies never seem to taste as good as the ones grown in your own backyard. Even a small garden space in your yard can yield big results.

The first question you have to ask yourself when planning a vegetable garden is what to grow. If you’re just starting out, you may want to start small so you can stay on top of things with minimal investment and effort. Take a look at your family and think about … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
May 01
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Fixes the Easy Way With Orbit PVC-Lock

Sometimes your PVC pipe is in need fixing. Sometimes that’s because of freeze damage or damage from lawn equipment. It could come from ground shifting or old age. Maybe you’re changing the landscape around or adding a new line into your pipes. Whatever the cause, there’s a hard way and an easy way.

You’re probably familiar with the hard way of doing it. You have to dig several feet back from the broken PVC pipe so you can get enough flex to lift up the pipe and stick on a coupling. … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
Apr 30
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Common Question: How to Water Behind Trees?

A couple days ago I was talking with a friend who moved into a new house late last year and will be putting a sprinkler system in over the next month.  He’s gotten a landscape architect to come up with a plan and now it’s down to designing the sprinklers around that.  He raised a question that we get frequently enough that we figured a short post would be helpful.

His yard plan calls for shade trees to be planted at various spots and, for the next few years at least, … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
Apr 24
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Sprinkler Wiring Done Right

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

By Justin S. Comments: 0