Month: July 2012

The Very Top of Summer

Pro Flo 7-Pattern Watering Wand With Thumb Control

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.”

Natalie Babbitt’s classic book Tuck Everlasting represents discovering life and the wonders of the world.

Often, our tendency is to bury ourselves with tasks, projects, and good intentions until we are so busy we rush right past life.

And life, “like all magnificent things . . . [is] very simple.”

No matter what you have (or have not) accomplished this summer, there is still time to enjoy what’s left.

“Life’s got to be lived, no matter how long or short. You got to take what comes.”

So take a moment to enjoy the day. Consider something that you have wanted to do for a while and make plans to do it. You could:

  • Read a book
  • Go on a hike
  • Build that tree house
  • Enjoy your outdoor living space
  • Plant a garden
  • Stargaze
  • Roast Marshmallows

Sometimes, it is easy to forget that Orbit is more than just an irrigation company. We are a company built around making life easier and more enjoyable.

So let your sprinklers keep the grass green for those family barbeques and starry nights. Let your mist system create a comfortable outdoor living space.

As Tuck says: “Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”

Let us help you create a happy yard and a happy home.

*All quotes taken from Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

Keeping it Cool

pro flo 7 pattern watering wand with thumb control

Some of my best childhood memories are of rounding up a bunch of friends and running carefree around the backyard being drenched by the sprinklers.  Who didn’t love the spraying frenzy?  After about fifteen minutes of sprinkler time I would race for the hose and start squirting everyone!  Sooner or later they would get the courage to chase me down to try to pry it from my hands.  Finding myself outnumbered I would make a quick retreat to the most convenient place, the roof.  That’s right, the roof (good thing mom didn’t know…) Waiting for me here was a pile of water balloons and water guns.  I had the perfect place to continue my water war.  That’s how I kept it cool during those fun & hot summer days.

Sadly, my rooftop water warring days are over now, but here are some new water efficient, safe ideas for keeping cool.  The ArizonaMist kits and a Chilly Mate are two of Orbit’s best misting products.  Did you know that patio misting kits can drop the temperature by up to 20 degrees?  It’s been triple-digits four days in a row here.  A mist system keeps temps in the comfy low 80’s.  Also, if you are planning any kind of outdoor activity, don’t forget to grab a  Chilly Mate.  They are a perfect way to keep yourself cool!

Click here for 15 great tips for staying cool this Summer.  My favorite is tip #7 so let me know what you think.  If you are planning a trip you will want to look at this site: National Weather Service.  You will learn how to keep cool with some awesome heat safety tips and some instruction for treating heat disorders (sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke).

Thanks for reading and have fun keeping cool!

Jeff

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 great addition to your sprinkler system or, in some cases, can act as an independent watering system.

How does it work?

It’s pretty simple:

  • Attach the timer to your faucet
  • Connect your hose to your timer.
  • Set your watering preferences.
  • Go do everything else on that long to-do list you have.

Want to see for yourself? Just check out this video.

What are your options?

There are plenty of options, from a timer with one outlet for basic needs, to a timer with four outlets to create a whole watering system. So visit our website or your local home improvement store to learn more!