So now that I have this wonderful controller I am now on a quest to maximize its efficiency. Here is some background information:
Location - Colorado (80640)
Zones - 5 Total (1 front yard, 3 back yard, 1 shrubs/trees/gardens)
Soil - 2-3" Loam - clay underneath?
Front Yard Cool season grass, clay loam, mostly shade, rotor head, slope slight
Back Yard Cool season grass, clay loam, lots of sun. fixed spray head, slope flat
Trees/shrubs/garden Perennial, clay loam, lots of sun, drip line (1.0 cu in hr) slope flat
Every 3 days, 5am (-1% seasonal adjustment currently)
Front yard 15min / back rear 19 / back front 18min / back side 15min / shrubs 30min
Smart cycle, weather budgeting, weather intelligence - ON
Rain delay 14"
So for starters, do I have the correct soil type selected? As far as I can tell the first couple of inches is loam and beneath seems to be clay.
The grass as far as I can tell (and so I was told) is a “Contractors blend” - which appears to mostly be bluegrass and perennial ryegrass?
The root system is really good. I just planted a tree and pulled up some grass and the roots looked to be 6-8" long.
I don’t want to over water and don’t want to under water, I want to find the perfect balance. I did recently purchase the Toro soil sensor which I plan to hook up this weekend. I assume if the soil is moist it will delay the whole schedule by a day per day until it allows watering? or does it skip the day and wait another 3 days to water again?
Any tips or adjustments appreciated, I’m sure I will post more questions here as I tweak the system.