So, after a season of tinkering last year, I finally got the swing of my flex daily and the yard is looking fantastic. We’ve been in a ridiculous heat wave for Montana and almost all the lawns are super stressed, except mine. I’m giving deeper, more infrequent watering and the root health is showing up top. Win win!
However, we just got slapped with the first water restrictions in our city history. So now I’m limited to watering on even numbered days. Boo.
Here’s my question. The lawn has been doing great with watering 2-3x weekly with deep watering based on the intelligent schedule letting it run when it needs it. Now it seems the fixed daily will run 3-4x per week which doesn’t promote as good of root depth. It’s in effect for the next two months.
Also, the time periods for the 3-4x it’s suggesting seem much longer than the flex. Ex: the flex daily seemed to do 2-3x per week in backyard for about 1 hr 15 min (.4” flow rate MP Rotators). Setting up a fixed schedule for even days suggests 1 hr 45 min every other day!!! The first day of it resulted in water puddling at one slope for almost 2 hours after (ground soaked).
My question is, for a fixed schedule do I ignore the suggested run times and just keep altering the times through experimentation? I have done catch cup testing for each zone so I have an idea of precip rate. I really hate that I just got the love in my flex daily schedule to only have to shock my grass again back into a fixed schedule, but that’s life.