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Jul 02
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Hose Faucet Timers

Joke:

Three plants are talking to each other just after being watered. One says: “Tell me, how did he know we were thirsty? Who told him?”

Another answers: “I think one of us must be a plant.”

Okay, lame jokes aside, how do you know your plants are being consistently watered whether you are at home or away? One great solution is a hose faucet timer.

What is a hose faucet timer?

A hose faucet timer is a simple device that attaches to your faucet and automates hose watering. It is a … Read More

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Jun 08
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Teaching Kids Water Conservation

Are you looking for activities to do with the kids this summer that are both fun and educational? Why not teach them about water conservation?

Why teach your kids about conservation?

There are many benefits to becoming a water-wise family, including saving money, but there’s more to it than that. Conservation is a community effort and learning begins in the home. By teaching your kids about conservation you teach them to look beyond themselves—to see the beauty and wonder in the world.

Did you know?

Each time you water your lawn you can be … Read More

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Jun 04
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Square Foot Gardening

With processed foods increasingly prevalent, many people are seeking natural and organic options for their diet.  But a trip to your local grocery store will reveal that although going green may be healthier for your diet, it does little for your budget.

To combat these high prices many people are growing their own produce and square foot gardening is making it easy.

What is Square Foot Gardening?

Square foot gardening is an innovative approach to traditional single-row gardening.  At its basic level, square foot gardening consists of a 4′ x 4″ raised planter … Read More

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May 23
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Orbit Sprinkler System Designer

The Orbit Sprinkler System Designer™ is a unique combination of technology and Orbit’s high-quality irrigation products and service.  It is the world’s first and only online, real-time, free sprinkler system design tool.

What does it do?

In a few easy steps the Orbit Sprinkler System Designer™ allows you to design a personalized sprinkler system based on your own property.  When your design is complete you will have a visual plan to follow in addition to a parts list, price estimate, and instillation instructions.  The parts list is compatible with all hardware/home improvement stores, … Read More

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May 04
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Water Conservation – Save Water and Money

Are you interested in water conservation?  Do you want to save money?  Just interested in having a beautiful yard?

You can save water and money.  Here’s how:

Start your sprinkler system right—inspect, repair, and adjust
Set your sprinkler timer schedule—aim to apply about 1”-1.5” of water per week during cooler months
Adjust your watering frequency—depending on the time of year, soil type, and plant needs

How much water am I using?

Sprinkler heads release water at the rate of about 1.5 to 3 Gallons per Minute (GPM).  So let’s say that you have 50 sprinkler heads … Read More

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Apr 28
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How Much do Automatic Sprinkler Systems Cost? Part V

Do you need drip irrigation or garden valves in certain areas?

Drip irrigation is a very cost effective to install a system and it also happens to be a very cost effective way to water, as well. The valve, filter, and pressure regulator combination that is required for a drip zone will cost more than a control valve for a spray head or rotor zone, but the overall cost of the zone is much lower, especially if you are using emitter tubing.  Drip zones require careful planning, but are well worth … Read More

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Apr 27
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How Much do Automatic Sprinkler Systems Cost? Part IV

Do you need anti-siphon valves?

There are two basic types of valves: inline and anti-siphon. An inline valve is the most common type of valve and when it is used on a municipal water supply you must install some type of backflow prevention further up the line from it. Anti-siphon valves serve the function of a backflow prevention device and, although an anti-siphon valve typically costs more than an inline valve, it saves money on the installation by eliminating the need for a system backflow prevention device and a valve box … Read More

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Apr 26
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How Much do Automatic Sprinkler Systems Cost? Part III

Do you need certified backflow prevention to protect the municipal water supply?

Depending on your part of the company and the rules of your local water district, backflow prevention can a significant part of your system cost. Because protection of the municipal water supply from possible contamination through sprinkler systems is so important, the general trend is for communities to adopt codes that require a $300 or more in equipment, professional installation, and independent certification of the backflow device.  This can put backflow prevention out of the realm of the do-it-yourselfer … Read More

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Apr 15
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How Much do Automatic Sprinkler Systems cost? Part II

Do you live in an area with high labor and overhead costs?

Different cost of living from region to region is the main reason why there is no hard “average” cost for installing a sprinkler system. If you live in the suburbs of Detroit where there are plenty of sprinkler contractors and business overhead is moderate, all else equal you will find a lower average bid than you will in Long Island where overhead is high. If you live in a high cost part of the country you could end … Read More

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Feb 24
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Getting Your Automatic Sprinkler System Ready for the Season

With spring just around the corner, it is almost time to get your automatic sprinkler system up and running.  Still pulling hoses around the yard?  Try using our free sprinkler system designer to help you layout a system for your yard.  Don’t want to dig?  There are many hose faucet watering options to choose from to provide automated watering without the digging.

It is a good idea to test your sprinkler system each spring to ensure that everything is working properly.  Here are some things you will want to look for as you … Read More

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