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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
Mar 28
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Get Started on Your Sprinkler Design With Orbit’s Online Sprinkler System Designer

Spring is here and for many home owners designing a sprinkler system is on their to-do list. If that describes you, don’t do a thing until you’ve tried Orbit’s free online sprinkler designer. This innovative program will let you accurately diagram your yard and garden and create an efficient sprinkler system, showing you exactly how many zones you’ll have and giving you a full part list. And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll get a comprehensive installation guide showing you every step of the process from beginning to end. Designing and … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 2
Mar 20
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How To Achieve A Beautiful Yard Even With Watering Restrictions

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

By Justin S. Comments: 0
Dec 10
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Winter Testing Ground

The other day, we had a big snow storm here at Orbit.  Based in northern Utah, we get them quite often, so it wasn’t the end of the world, but it certainly does affect the commute.  Luckily, it gave a us a chance to test out Orbit’s new line of snow shovels.

You’re thinking what’s so special about a snow shovel, right?  Well, Orbit does have something a bit different to offer.  From first look our snow shovels may look like all the others, but the truth is we’ve manufactured the … Read More

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