I just installed the Rachio 3 yesterday and walked through the setup. There were a bunch of things that just didn’t look right and I have a bunch of questions.
- I live in AZ
- I have very few zones and many different plants/trees on same zone
- My old system worked just fine, I was looking for something that was more efficient with Rachio
- I realize ripping up my entire irrigation system and starting over with proper zones would be ideal but that isn’t an option
The 2 zones in question are my front plants and back plants.
Front Plants (set to Shrubs):
- Mostly Buses (10+)
- 2 trees
- handful of cactus
Back Plants (set to Trees):
- Mostly Trees (7)
- Few bushes
- No cactus
When I first set up the flex daily, the system was running for 6 hours at a time which seemed excessive. I have a number of questions since I finished the setup.
- Rachio Support told me the watering duration is a MONTHLY number not an individual runtime number. Well my system ran for 5.5 hours last night so it appears he was wrong with that info. Can someone confirm that watering duration is the amount of time that water runs at each point in your schedule?
- Support also told me that the cycle and soak plays into that number meaning that it may say 5 hours but 4 hours may be in the soak cycle. I thought I read an article that says the exact opposite. So 5 hour watering duration means that your water is running for 5 hours. Do I have this right?
- Everyone says CLAY here in AZ. I followed this resource (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwuNWbi9blyialJzSWxRQnRTcDQ/view) and it says very gravely sandy loam for my area. Based on the description, my soil seems more clay than sandy. So I think I put the soil type to Loam which seems like it would be the middle of the two. Should I set it to what the map says or what all the landscapers/locals say?
- I calculated the monthly for my old zones and the new projected monthly looks to be double to triple the amount of water I WAS doing with my old system. How should I go about dialing this back to get more in line with what we were doing but still take advantage of the “smart” features of the Rachio.
- Are there setup techs that will come and do the heavy lifting of the initial setup?