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.
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
“Water Shortages Conserve Water!” is not a phrase I wanted to hear as this Summer season began. Sure, I enjoy conserving water just as much as the next person, but it has been really depressing watching my once lush, green lawn begin to yellow and die under the rays of triple digit heat.
Due to low water yielding winter and spring seasons, many residents in northern Davis County, Utah are under mandatory and voluntary water restrictions. As Spring transitioned to Summer, these signs began to populate the local landscape. Residents are … Read More
Smart irrigation month is about more than just saving water. It’s about saving money and time as well. One product that we’re particularly proud of is our Eco-lock and PVC-lock fittings. This ingenious product saves so much time. Fittings no longer require primer and glue. Just press the pipe into the fitting and it locks into place. Don’t worry, it’s very durable, able to withstand over 1200 pounds of pressure. Considering the average yard has 50-100 PSI, you’re good.
This is great whether you’re doing a new … Read More
For smart irrigation month we decided to put together a small planter to grow herbs (they’re the legal kind, don’t worry). Herbs are a great plant to grow. We’re growing ours outdoors, but they also do well indoors. They smell good, grow fast, and are great for cooking.
To speed up watering, we decided to install some soaker hosing. Ours hooks to a hose and is expandable, but these could easily be linked to an existing sprinkler system and other drip lines.
Here are the supplies we’ll use.
We’ve got 18 inches of … Read More
If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you’ve noticed we’re talking a lot about wateringschedule.com. This is our newest development here at Orbit and is a free website that we hope will help people cut back on water usage and make their lawns look better. What’s not to love about that?
Catch cups and sprinkler audits have been around a long time and are nothing revolutionary. But in the past they required expensive and inaccurate devices. After a sample was taken the user had to shuffle through confusing … Read More
Recently, a customer asked one of our representatives why they should perform a sprinkler system audit, like the ones available through wateringschedule.com, when water wasn’t an issue for them. This customer lived in an area that wasn’t affected by drought conditions, so there were no municipal restrictions being placed on their water. In fact, for a small flat fee ($100/year in this case) they could use as much water as they wanted. So why not just water every day?
Well, the answer isn’t what the customer expected. We all know … Read More
A sprinkler audit may be all your system needs to realize big savings
Did you know the average American home uses 3,000 gallons of water per lawn watering? Irrigation is far and away the highest single activity in the consumption of water. We’ve heard reports of local homes using 300,000 (yeah, you read that right) gallon of water in a month. That means they’re watering using an average of 10,000 gallons a day, every single day! So we’re highlighting a few tips and tools to prevent wasted water. Today we’ll briefly discuss timers.
Maximize Your Timer’s Performance
Most modern timers allow for interval watering. … Read More
Orbit is excited to announce a product designed to greatly improve watering efficiency and conservation: Orbit Catch Cups. These nifty little cups are used to perform water audits on your lawn. When used in tandem with our website wateringschedule.com, the perfect watering schedule is just minutes away.
The process is simple. Just place the cups around your yard and run your sprinklers for a short amount of time. Record the findings and enter them in to wateringschedule.com, along with your zip code and soil type, and you’ll get a schedule … Read More
Now that you are officially an expert in connecting to the water source with backflow protection and pipe placement, we’ll cover the rest of the installation process. We’ll go over how to connect the mainline, install your manifolds, connect each zone, install risers and heads, and connect sprinkler wire. Sounds like a lot, but it really will be easy once you get started.
How to Install the Valve Manifold
The first step to installing your valve manifold is to install a valve box. Select a location that complies with … Read More