When it comes to underground irrigation products, Orbit Irrigation is recognized as the leader in the Do-It-Yourself industry. Customers look for the "Orbit" name.
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
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
The following diagram provides a simple look at the anatomy of a sprinkler system. The starting point is the source of water for the system. In this case there is an existing supply from a city meter to the house. Local codes may regulate who and how you can tap into your source. A mainline pipe carries water from the water source to a backflow prevention device which helps keep the sprinkler system from potentially contaminating or polluting the drinking water.
Except for very small yards, the water pressure from the … Read More
In drip irrigation, tiny particles of dirt are your worst adversary.
Because they clog up your drip tubes and emitters, making them ineffective. To avoid this clogging problem, a water filter of some type is recommended.
From a broad stance, filters come in two configurations: mesh and sediment filters.
Mesh filters are made from small layers of . . . well . . . mesh. The size of the mesh openings determines what size particles will be stopped and what size will pass through.
Most drip irrigation kits generally include a mesh-type filter.
The other type of … Read More
All of these are important when you want to make sure your yard, lawn, or garden is the best it can be.
The advanced and elegant drip watering systems from Orbit Irrigation Products, Inc. provide you all three of these.
How does drip irrigation work?
Drip irrigation products conserve water by slowly and accurately applying the right amount of water to plants’ root zones instead of non-growth areas. This means less water is lost to evaporation and runoff.
Also, Orbit drip irrigation systems are more convenient because they eliminate hand watering of small areas and … Read More
How do I winterize my system?
A common question for those with yard, garden, or lawn irrigation systems.
There are several things that must be done to winterize a sprinkler system.
The first step is to determine if the system uses auto-drain valves. If auto-drain valves are present, then all you need to do is turn the main water supply off, and then loosen the solenoid on each valve to let air inside. The water should flow down hill and out of each zone through the auto drain valve. You may have a … Read More
Ever walk by a house after the sprinklers are done irrigating and see the sidewalks wet with overspray?
How about seeing a small flower garden where a large area sprinkler head is not only watering its intended target, but everything around it (the fence, the rocks, the neighbor’s yard) as well?
These are just two examples of poor water conservation practices.
One way to help curb the use of water and drop it more accurately on the spots that require it is to use drip irrigation.
Drip irrigation is also known as micro-irrigation. It … Read More
The best answer to this question is that it depends on where you live, what type of equipment you plan to install, and whether you will do some of the work yourself. But the following will help you at least ballpark what you ought to be paying for an automatic sprinkler system.
Do you plan on having a professional contractor install part or all of the system?
A basic rule of thumb is that a sprinkler contractor will price things out so that he has 1/3 of the total bid price … Read More