Author: Matt S

Great time at the Bees’ game!

Monday night Orbit sponsored “Water Conservation” night at the Salt Lake Bees baseball game. Not only  did we share water conservation pointers, but we had some fun while we were at it. We had raffles to give away products, threw out the first pitch and gave out rubber baseballs to those in attendance

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Orbit Sprinkler System in Parade of Homes

Orbit has sponsored the sprinkler system, landscape lighting, and temperature control (thermostats) of a home in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes.

Orbit-Parade-of-Homes-SprinklersRemember back on May 21 of this year, we added a post about a hands-on installation that our team performed?? Well, this is it. The sprinkler system went in with ease (thanks to PVC-Lock and Eco-Lock), the landscape lighting is beautiful, and the thermostat isn’t just a box that controls temperature, it’s masterpiece in style and function.

The house is ready for touring.  The yard is landscaped with sod and beautiful plants and trees and the house is furnished attractively.

You better hurry, tomorrow is the last day of the Parade. Come check out the house and see what Orbit has done and what our products can do for your home!

The home we sponsored is home number 17:

1639 S 900 E
Lehi, UT 84043

To purchase tickets and get more info, go to http://www.uvparade.com/.

Salt Lake Bees “Green Team” Night and Orbit

Orbit_Bees_Field_WorkerOrbit is sponsoring “Green Team” night during the Salt Lake Bees game at Smith’s Ballpark on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Orbit encourages you to use water wisely this season. Visit orbitonline.com to find tips and tools for conserving water by optimizing your sprinkler system, installing water efficient drip zones, and using hose faucet timers to monitor and automate hose watering.

Be sure to visit us at our booth in the plaza between 5:00 pm and 6:35  pm before the game for water savings tips and free giveaways. The game starts at 6:35 pm.

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Garden Watering: So Many Options!

Watering your garden can be fun. It can also be confusing based on the amount of options available. From spray nozzles on risers to impact heads, and from pop-up sprinklers to drip emitters, it’s tough to go wrong as long as you get the necessary amounts of water to your plants.

I have experience watering multiple gardens a lot of different ways. When I was young, I often visited my grandpa and helped him irrigate his plants and vegetables. He lived in a farm area with a canal as the main source of water. On his watering days, when we opened the gates, water would fill the furrows of his two-acre vegetable garden. My dad set up a quarter-acre area on his property to plant pumpkins for me and my siblings to sell each fall. We watered that area with impact sprinklers on two- to three-foot risers. As an adult with a family of my own, I still have gardening in my blood. While I don’t have the time or land for a garden the size of my dad’s or grandpa’s, I have created a 20-foot-by-12-foot vegetable garden in my yard that I water with drip and spray heads on risers. At times, I have supplemented my watering with a garden hose.

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The way you choose to water depends on things such as the size of your garden, the plants you want to grow, the amount of time you have to tend to the garden, and the source or availability of water in your area.

Of all the watering options available, my favorite by far is drip. Drip watering (often referred to as drip irrigation) is great for almost any garden application, independent of size, water source, or plants. A drip system can be hooked to a hose faucet or underground valve—you simply need to verify that you have some kind of pressure regulator. You can also retrofit a riser with a variety of manifold options to suit your need. Drip is perfect, because with easy-to-use tubing and emitters or micro sprinklers, you can get precisely the correct amount of water right to the roots, avoiding leaf rot and eliminating the watering and proliferation of weeds. For more information on drip watering, check out our other blog posts and videos.

Letting Your Plants Go to Pot: Planting Potted Plants

Having potted plants is a nice way to enjoy nature on your own terms. It lets you tend a wide variety of flowers and vegetation to be grown where space is limited and allows people in cool-weather climates to grow plants all year round. I love the way they add color and interest to my otherwise boring porch. Here is the basic process you should undergo to nurture your potted plants:

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Choose the right pots. Make sure each pot has one or more holes in the bottom to allow water to flow freely. If there’s not enough drainage, the roots can drown and kill the plant. Don’t think you need a special type of pot. Just about anything can be used as a container. Mix it up- use different size, styles, and kinds of containers. If you’re on a budget, don’t spring for a heavy, expensive pot—you can find plastic, resin, or fiberglass around the house.

Next, choose the mix. Don’t use soil from the yard or garden; these might have weed seeds, bugs, or fungus. Buy some soil from your local garden center, where you’ll find a loose, light mixture of materials like peat moss and decomposing organic matter. Potting mix with time-release fertilizer and moisture-retaining polymer crystals can reduce plant maintenance.

Choose the plants. What are the conditions of your space? Determine which plants can live in your available space. Take into account temperature and availability of sunlight. Pay attention to plant tags, which will give you helpful information. One kind of plant per pot should be sufficient. To create a really great look, consider using a mix of tall upright plants with mounding broad plants and trailing plants. Use plants that create high contrast and be bold with color!

Get the pots ready. If your containers are heavy, place them at their destination before filling them with soil. Put a basket-type coffee filter or a shard or broken pot over the hole to keep potting mix from spilling out. Then fill the container with soil. Put it enough potting mix so the place on the plant where the stem sprouts from the soil’s surface is about an inch from the top of the pot. Before planting, pat the soil down with your fingers to eliminate air pockets.

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Lastly, place the plants. Take them out of its nursery container. Support the top of each root ball by putting a finger on each side of the stem. Carefully pour the soil around it. If you’re planting multiple plants in one container, leave at least an inch of soil between root balls. Don’t pile soil on top of the plant—spread it around the roots. There should be about an inch from the top of the soil to the rim of the container. Then water the plant.

Good work! You now have a potted plant. Stay tuned for future posts to learn how to care for your plants.

Watering Restrictions in California

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No one likes drought conditions. However, it’s fairly difficult to control Mother Nature.

California is faced with drought and record-dry conditions this year and it can be difficult to learn what specific measures and restrictions are in place with so many different water agencies.

Thanks to a digital map put together by the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), a coalition of public water agencies in California, you can easily find out what actions have been implemented in your area.

Check out the link (http://www.acwa.com/content/drought-map) for more details and to find your community.

For water saving tips, see our blog posts on sprinkler audits, drip irrigation, water conservation and how to deal with water shortages.