@itchybrowneye - can you post some before and after pictures of the wiring? Do you have a pump start relay or master valve in the setup? If so, there is a setting that needs to be activated in the application for that feature to work which will prevent the system from watering.
Can a valve be manually activated at the solenoid?
What is the light pattern on the Rachio?
So many questions, so few answers.
The support folks at Rachio are also very good. Give them a call or post answers here.