I just bought a rachio and started configured it yesterday. I live in Boulder, CO and they have a service where someone from the city comes out and analyzes everything about my lawn. Below is the key info from that consultation:
- Soil type: Clay
- Precipitation Rate: 1.78 inch/hr in spray zones; .65 inch/hr in rotor zones
- Distribution uniformity: 63% in spray zones; 65% in rotor zones
- Water pressure: 40 psi in each spray and rotor zones
- Root depth: approx 5"
- Evapotranspiration: City of Boulder recommends “Our recommended watering schedule is based on an average historical ET for the Front Range of Colorado of 27 inches of water per year. If the weather is significantly hotter and drier or cooler and wetter than average, you may need to adjust your watering schedule.”
- Their notes about my lawn: Your landscape has approximately 2845 square feet of turf and 1423 square feet of non-turf areas. Turf uses an average of 27 inches of water per year in the Front Range of Colorado, and the average shrub bed in Colorado uses roughly 18 inches of water per year. With an efficient irrigation system, it should take roughly 63847 gallons of water each year to water your landscape.
- Their recommended watering schedule (which seems to not be enough an result in a burnt lawn). Rachio suggested more watering than this when I set it up on Flex Climate schedule.
Days of week: Mon, Thu
Time of day: AM
Zone 1 - 7 minutes (previously 12 minutes)
Zone 2 - 6 minutes (previously 7 minutes)
Zone 3 - 10 minutes (previously 12 minutes)
Zone 4 - 10 minutes (previously 12 minutes)
Zone 5 - 10 minutes (previously 12 minutes)
Zone 6 - 10 minutes (previously 12 minutes)
I have 6 zones. 5 of which are grass and 1 is front shrubs. All grass zones are rotor heads (most the type that click as they move, a couple are the spray rotor heads shown in the picture for rotor heads).
Do you all think I’m good enough with just the standard configuration of flat or slight slope, grass type cool climate, soil type clay, rotor heads?.. or should I go into the advanced configuration and update the root depth, 80% default uniformity, etc?
Is there any other info I could provide that helps?