Just installed a new system and am very excited. Installation was no problem (for our handyman!) and so far the app and set up process have been very intuitive.
I set up our zones without getting into the advanced settings and generated a Flex schedule. I was pretty surprised at what was generated:
The initial days’ watering is scheduled for 6 and a half hours! We’re located in drought-drenched Southern California and I will be jailed for that level of watering.
A zone with a few trees in it was scheduled for 2 hours of watering.
Our small patch of grass was scheduled to be watered from 10:45 am to 11:30 am. I’m pretty sure that watering at midday in California is the last thing one should do.
I then went into advanced settings and reduced the square footage of one of the zones but that did not seem to change the duration.
After the initial “heavy-up” watering day, the ensuing days had much reduced watering duration, but I still see days with 2 hours of watering. Right now I don’t have the highest confidence in the Flex system. Perhaps Flex scheduling requires some pretty detailed (advanced) user inputs to work effectively.
I’ll follow the advice of others on the forum and perhaps test a single zone with Flex. I’m a little concerned with watering any zone more than 7 minutes since we tend to get a lot of run-off.
By the way, what parameters should I use for a zone that has running bamboo?