I’m a relatively new user to Rachio. I’m really enjoying it for the most part, but still trying to figure out all of the settings and get my specific yard dialed in to the best of my ability. That said, here’s a quick rundown of my current setup.
Flex Daily Schedule
4 zones with only rotar heads
2 zones with only fixed heads
Grass only (cool season; tall fescue)
3 front yard zones all set at some shade (1 rotar zone and 2 fixed zones) - other 3 set as lots of shade
Here’s the setup for one of my rotar head zones (other 3 are identical to this one)
Here’s the setup for one of my fixed head zones (other one is identical to this one)
Prior to making Total Watering Time adjustments (more on that later), the system was wanting to run a total of 3hr and 16min. That seemed like an AWFUL lot. I wasn’t trying to generate a $1k water bill for the month for the sake of “healthy” grass in the dog days of summer, so I made some watering time adjustments.
My Total Watering Time now sits at 2hr and 29min. This still seems a tad high, but I’m willing to give it a shot and see how it turns out. I didn’t make any changes to any of the default settings. Everything is still the same. All I did was adjust the Total Watering Time down.
My 4 rotar zones are now running for 30 min. each and the 2 fixed zones are going for 14m each. So, here are a few of my questions that I’ve been fighting with. Hopefully you guys can help me out:
What does adjusting the Total Watering Time do to the frequency of watering? I don’t see any difference in days being increased since I changed. Does the system still think I am watering for the default time?
When it comes to Soil Moisture, does the system still think I’m watering at the default total time and displaying the moisture reading? Or does it update that moisture % based off amount of time that I dropped down to?
Is it better to manually drop my Total Watering Time as I have, or to make some other changes in Advanced to compensate for this?
Is it best to keep the default Weather Intelligence Plus or go with a local PWS? I have two that are 0.29 within my home.
Are there any universal adjustments in Advanced that everyone agrees on that really helps get the best out of the Rachio experience?
Thanks to everyone for their help.