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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: 1
Apr 22
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Earth Day 2014: A Reminder of All Earth’s Valuable Resources

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

By Justin S. Comments: 1
Apr 17
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Watering Restrictions in California

No one likes drought conditions. However, it’s fairly difficult to control Mother Nature.

California is faced with drought and record-dry conditions this year and it can be difficult to learn what specific measures and restrictions are in place with so many different water agencies.

Thanks to a digital map put together by the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), a coalition of public water agencies in California, you can easily find out what actions have been implemented in your area.

Check out the link (http://www.acwa.com/content/drought-map) for more details and to find your community.

For … Read More

By Matt S Comments: 0
Apr 15
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How to Pick the Right Sprinkler for Your Yard

One of the most asked questions from our customers is which sprinkler is right for their situation.  The choice is easy once you know a few basic principles.

As with most decisions related to sprinklers, you need to start by knowing your water pressure.  Water pressure often determines what type of sprinklers may or may not be a reasonable option for you.  Sprinklers that spray farther or which put out more water require more pressure, and if your pressure is too little, you’ll end creating way too many zones.

Next, you need … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
Apr 10
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Hose End Watering: The Ace Up Your Sleeve

We often see and hear about lawns and gardens that turn out beautiful with the exception of a couple problem areas that end up detracting from the whole. These could be dry spots, wilting plants or flowers or trees that look unhealthy. In all these instances a great solution can be hose-end watering. But this presents a new challenge because hose watering requires homeowners to adjust their schedules to make sure watering happens. Orbit has a full lineup of great hose tap timers which, when used in conjunction with our … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 1
Apr 08
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How To Install Drip For Vegetables and Fruits

Want to water your fruits and vegetables with drip irrigation? Drip irrigation has many advantages for 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 with … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0