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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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Sep 18
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Summer’s Winding Down, But it’s Time to Prepare for Next Year

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

By Orbit Comments: 0
Aug 20
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Mist on the Move

We’ve been posting about Orbit’s fantastic misting systems, Arizona Mist, all month. There’s no doubt that if you’re the type of person who spends a lot of times outdoors during the hot summer months, a nice misting system can be a refreshing retreat. If you have a covered patio, porch, or gazebo the perfect solution is a permanent misting system, but so much of our lives are on the go without a roof overhead. Not to worry, Orbit has plenty of ways for you to be active and on the … Read More

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Aug 16
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Eliminate the Frustrations of Mist

Anyone who’s ever owned a misting system has probably experienced the frustrations associated with upkeep.  The cleaning and gunk, the finger-crossing every time you start your misting system up, hoping it will work, parts being clogged, broken or lost.  All the irritation can lead many to wonder if mist is even worth owning.  Thankfully, maintenance has become much easier over the years and Orbit’s misting systems are nearly trouble free if you apply some simple preventative care.

Perhaps the biggest complaint we hear is that of clogging.  Misting nozzles have the … Read More

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Aug 12
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Mist: Not Just Cool, Easy Too

Installing mist is easy.  It’s actually quite fun as you think about the different cooling options.  Orbit sells misting kits and individual parts for expansion. 

The first step to any mist system is to pick where you want to put it.  Consider areas where you spend (or would like to spend) a lot of time.  Common areas are patios, porches, decks, and balconies.  But it could really be anywhere.  Once you know where you want mist, you need to measure how much mist tubing you’ll need.  Orbit’s Arizona Mist can expand … Read More

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Aug 07
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Don’t Just Survive Summer, Live It

Many parts of the world are experiencing hot summers.  Not just typically hot, but really hot summers.  But being out in the sun is one of the best parts of summer.  Barbecues, picnics, having fun with family and friends.  And our backyards and porches are usually the epicenter of these activities.  Orbit’s Arizona Mist is the perfect way to stay cool.

Many people have experienced mist while at a theme park or sporting event.  But this same technology is possible in the average home.  It works by driving water out of … Read More

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Jul 26
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Smart Irrigation Through A Few Simple Steps

If you’ve been following our blog posts this month (or Facebook or Twitter), you’d know that July is Smart Irrigation Month.  And for us at Orbit, smart irrigation is anything that saves you time, money, or water.  Timers do all three.  We wanted to share some simple tips that can help you optimize your timer.

Adjusting the time your sprinklers come on is probably the biggest thing you can change.  Did you know that you could lose up to a third of your water to evaporation if you’re watering during the … Read More

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