I’ve been reading up on smart irrigation after getting on the smart thermostat bandwagon recently. I’ve never paid much attention to my sprinklers in the past, I’ve only been living in my current house for a year now, and I don’t really know the answers to the types of questions you are asking people when they have problems in this forum. I figured out today that I have 4 zones in the front yard and 8 in the back (separate controllers, unfortunately), but I couldn’t tell you how many sprinklers are on each zone, the flow rate or type for any of those sprinklers, which ones feed which types of plants, etc. etc… heck, I don’t really even know what type of soil I have.
So, my question is this: do I need to go learn about all that stuff before I bother installing a Rachio, or should I assume that even my uninformed guesses during setup will be better than the current program on my “dumb” irrigation controllers? Is there a user guide or FAQ somewhere that guides you through the setup questions if you don’t know much about your own lawn?
Thanks! FYI, this community forum is the reason I’ve pretty much chosen to go with Rachio. Your willingness to answer questions, and your commitment to innovation and open APIs are great. Way ahead of your competition as far as I can tell.