REQUEST: Enable a table for users to enter crop coefficents as monthly values and have the program grab the Kc for the current month from said table.
Rachio currently auto-adjusts on a magical basis I’m not looking up right now. . It also defaults to a Crop Coefficient (Kc) of 80 at my location (California central valley south). The result for my Fescue is a superb winter lawn and a stressed summer lawn. Like maybe no-one-else I am a lazy guy, so I’ll put a lot of effort into something once hoping to never touch it again.
Enter UC’s Kc data set: University of California Turfgrass Kc
If the user is sufficiently inclined to use the “Advanced” settings and willing to go to the effort, allowing them to use this table to guide the Rachio could be a real help.
For example, my Rachio has been adjusting for climate, advising me, etc. But I see my turf is stressed. Hmm? Checking out the Kc table I see my turf, transitioning out of winter cold toward summer heat, actually needs a Kc significantly higher then .80 to keep it happy in April, then in May, even though the weather is warmer, the turf has adjusted to it’s environment and the Kc can drop back some.
Now being the “lazy guy” mentioned above, I’d really rather not have to remember to make these changes to my Rachio programming every month to keep my turf really happy, but using an annual average just doesn’t cut it at 110°F.