Am on the fence about cancelling my Rachio Gen 3 order. When I first placed it, I loved the fact that the Rachio - based on reviews - was extremely simple to setup for people who didn’t have experience, nor particular interest in, gardening. What I would be looking for in a smart controller is:
- Allow the controller to determine ideal watering cycle for 2 zones, without any manual calculations
- Allow the controller to adjust cycle times and duration based on seasonal regulations and weather
- User friendly UI and monitoring
I live in Las Vegas and don’t have a big area to maintain. There are two zones setup, one for the front yard and one for the back. They both have drip nozzles for all plants currently, and they both consist of a mixture of trees and plants / shrubs. Attaching some images from the front on this link, with a similar but smaller setup at the back. No real grass, just artificial.
My question is really, would the Rachio allow me to accomplish the above? If it still requires me to use a fixed schedule and do manual calculations to compensate for the plant mixture and nozzles, then I don’t feel the investment would benefit my setup (I can do all that now).
The other irrigation controller I wa slooking at was the Netro Sprite - perhaps that may be a better fit due to the sensor / whisperer it comes with?
Thanks for your advice!