I just want rachio to be simpler.
I don’t want to tell it all about my soil, size of the zones, etc.
I know how much runtime each of my zones needs to run to deliver 1" of rainfall.
I want to tell rachio exactly that, and I want it to run the zone for less time accounting for recent rainfall amounts.
If zone 1 needs 3.5 hours of runtime to reach 1" of precipitation, I know that the zone delivers roughly .285" of water per hour. If it rained .35" yesterday, I know I need 2.28 hours of runtime instead of 3.5.
My goal is always to apply the 1" of rainfall as close to one duration as possible.
When I build the schedule, I’ll tell it “the ground is dry”. rachio knows I need 1" of rain in a single duration per zone, per week. Look at the forecast - if rain is forecasted for Thursday, don’t wanter on Monday. Wait until Thursday, if no rain, then go ahead and irrigate.
Maybe some of the current schedules are capable in some regards, but it just is too much work to setup, and never seems to do what I am looking for.
There needs to be simpler integration with a rain gauge or personal weather station, and or soil moisture sensors. My closest weather station even at 10 miles away receives completely different and irrelevant precipitation amounts compared to my house.