Apologies if this has been posted before, but after reading a number of posts I gather this issue hasn't been addressed with Rachio yet.
It seems there are probably more than a few of us in arid parts of the country on xeroscape using drip systems. At the moment, I have two zones in my system with one untapped. My yard isn't very big, and I have fewer than 20 plants that need watering...maybe increasing to 30 in the future but we'll tap that other zone if we need to.
My system is currently set up to water each zone at it's own interval, start time and duration - pretty basic and I don't think I'll have trouble setting this up with Rachio's interface.
What would be great for those of us with xeroscaping is to be able to "set it and forget it," but this looks to be incredibly cumbersome with the current algorithms - which seem like they work best for grassy yards with some known area, sprinklers that water a certain amount of that area, etc.
What I'm imagining is something like this: we know how much our drippers are dripping, we've bought specific heads for them and can intelligently put them at specific locations to water specific plants with very precise amounts - but we've got a number of them on a single zone. I want the software to be able to watch the weather and adjust. On average, let's water X amount at X interval. Is it an incredibly hot summer? Change that to X+1 amount at 2X interval - the demand from the plants should still work out since we've got bigger plants on a higher flow rate and smaller plants or less water-dependent plants on a lower flow rate. Is it a cooler fall, with an unseasonable amount of rain reported? Shut it down. Is it a mild winter, with typical rainfall? Keep the status quo.
Is this beyond the capabilities of the programming or an unreasonable expectation? Maybe I just need some help sorting out how I'd do this under the current paradigm.
What it may fit best under is a new type of watering schedule - user defined. If the software can't do it, perhaps we can do it on our own? Have something like watering schedules for "Normal," or "Hot and Dry" or "Cool," that you can toggle through and select based on conditions?
Appreciate your thoughts and your help!