This is my first post and I’m hoping for a bit of guidance. I have been a bit disappointed with my Rachio in its first year of use.
I started with my controller set on a daily flex schedule, which initially seemed fine. However, I was getting frequent short waterings, rather than the less frequent deep waterings that I was used to. Unfortunately, this lead my yard to develop what appeared to be significant fungal disease (brown patch). I live in Kansas City and we have a fair bit of humidity and I have experienced brown patch issues in the past, but the very frequent watering appears to have made the problem much worse.
I subsequently changed my controller to a flex monthly schedule, which seemed to have less frequent and longer watering times. I had always been under the impression that less frequent and longer watering is ideal in preventing lawn disease and encouraging deeper root growth, so this seemed to fit the bill.
However, the monthly flex schedule is a lot less intelligent. Several times, we’ve had 2-3" of rain and my Rachio is running 72 hours later. This week is a good example. We had record rains 3 days ago with area flooding and another 0.5" of rain predicted over the next several days. There has been no rain for the last 2 days and none today, but the overall rain totals have been more than adequate. However, my Rachio was running this morning and I manually stopped it.
Does anyone have advice? I like the idea of the flex daily schedule, as that level of automation and personalization is the entire reason I put in the Rachio. However, having slightly damp blades of grass on a very regular basis harbors fungal disease. The flex monthly solves this issue, but seems to only use predictive rain values for the current day (doesn’t skip for rain over the last week or predicted for the following week).