Thank you Chris for the instruction. I’ll use this to set up my single zone. I’ve noted your valid cautions.
I’m going to purchase and install a Rain Bird SMRT-Y Soil Moisture Sensor Kit for the zone removed from Rachio G2 autoscheduling.
It’s easy to see that the Rachio G2, theoretically, is trying to model the same results as a moisture sensor would produce. All in s/w taking into account a bazillion factors.
I want to see where sprinkler control via soil moisture measuring technology is at today. I want to see if a h/w solution is ready for ‘prime time’ yet.
My detailed question include:
- Can I use it to turn off the zone once enough water is applied, or, will the zone’s moisture level over shoot badly?
- Will it turn on reliably when soil moisture gets low?
- How will rain affect the zone’s operation?
- Will the zone use less, same or more than a Rachio G2 auto-everything-on zone use?
- How long will the sensor last in the soil?