This is not a complaint at all. I love this device and all it brings to the table.
Where I am struggling is with the flex scheduling. I am not happy with the results of the lawn at this time. The lawn is drying out big time in the front and in the back yard. My flower beds and sides of the house are fine. I have all rotor heads and a few fixed spray heads as well. One zone has a flower bed in it along with some grass area to be covered (can't do much about it now except live with it) until I have funds to separate that zone out.
Now, me being the tech guy I am, I just turned it on, left all the defaults and let it fly. Why not, who reads the directions right?!?!?!?
Well before just turning it on and letting it fly……@franz is right. Do one zone at a time and dial it in. Get that zone where you want it and then move on to another zone.
I get the concept and love the concept, I need to figure out how to get what I want out of the flex schedule. Not the other way around. And in a month or so I am reseeding the yard for the fall.
My thoughts to help newbies and anyone else that may be struggling…
1 Read the information on the website, then read it again
2 Understand how this information is applied to your lawn
3 Implement one zone at a time and dial it in
4 Understand your landscape, soil type, root depth, grade, type of grass, head type, everything that may or may not impact watering
5 Watch your yard and see how it reacts
6 Ask questions on the website
7 Talk to your landscaper
I have gone back to every other day on a fixed schedule for now, I need to learn more and do some research into what the Flex Schedule will do and when it will do something based on my information. If there is anyone in the South Jersey area, let me know. I would love to get together with someone in my area to review my setup and get their feedback on it. That type of one on one is just as valuable as the forum. And I have a bar in my basement if that helps…..seriously though, I'd love to pick someone's brain about the device and how they may have implemented it versus my setup.
I am leaving for Ireland for a week of soccer with my boys. I plan on doing a lot of reading on the plane and between games to try and figure this out. We are really getting some hot weather here again in the South Jersey area and I don't want to lose the lawn while I am away.
Again, I am very happy with the device. I am struggling with the Flex and all the information that it has and how it can change from one day to the next based on multiple factors
You know what was really nice. I turned off the Flex schedule with a click or two and created a fixed schedule in about 2 minutes. I wish buying a car was that fast…..spent 3 plus hours at a dealership yesterday!
I'll be monitoring the board while I am away so if anyone has thoughts or suggestions, please post them or pm me.