IFTTT options for new seeding


#1

Its starting to approach lawn maintenance time and one of the reasons I purchased my Rachio controller was the ability to keep my new seed wet using short interval watering. However, I setup an IFTTT account this morning and was sorely disappointed. I had envisioned being able to water on a short interval based on multiple conditions obtained from my PWS such as:

Water every hour for 3 mins between 7A-8P if temperature is >85F and rain rate <0.10 for 1hr.

I had no idea IFTTT was so simple and lacked nested functionality. I did stumble across a project called Conjure that extends IFTTT functionality, but its in beta and I have not heard back after signing up. Am I missing something obvious? Has anyone found a solution that will work well for seeding?


#2

I need help on this too. After mid September it will time to reseed my fescue/bluegrass seed. We will need to water for 3 or four minutes about 4 times a day. The seed will be up within 10 days. Obviously I can turn on manually. Someone please help!


#3

@franz, I will be needing this come over seeding time here in Arizona. Is there a way to work multiple watering times throughout the day for seeding purposes other than setting up a number of temporary schedule?


#4

@tmcgahey

It depends how many you need. We support up to 16 programs on the gen 2 controller.

Next year we are putting much, much more sophisticated scheduling in place that will include multiple start times, before/after, etc, etc.

Hope this helps.

:cheers:


#5

Oh yeah I’ve gotta start planning for this too with the rye


#6

I just need to have this capability on one rotor zone (9 rotors) and one spray zone. How can I separate these zones from my flex schedule.


#7

So for now, I’m just going to write a simple script that uses the Weather Underground API to pull current conditions from my PWS and then hit the Rachio public API to run a disabled schedule on my Rachio. If others are interested, I could make it parameterized so you could use it too (maybe via an IFTTT time trigger and Maker http call).


#8

So for now, the only workaround would be to make the current flex schedule inactive, and create 4 fixed schedules to run when I want/need them to?

I’d LOVE for you to integrate a seeding feature into flex daily that could use the voodoo magic in flex to keep the ground just moist enough for seeding. Typically I end up over-watering with a fixed schedule running 3-4 times per day during over seeding.