Tomorrow I get to hook this bad boy up and really looking forward to it. Figured I’d get ahead of the game a bit and ask some questions and get some guidance for best install.
My current system, 16 zones, mostly rotors (some zones 360, some 180), 3 non rotor popup zones, and 3 zones that water trees only, no grass. I live in HOT southern NM with a clay type sandy soil, still trying to figure out for sure what type I have. I found that link that people post here and it said I have sandy loam. And I don’t recall what the number was called, but I wrote down .14. Drainage maybe?
I am on an un-metered well so over watering is not a concern. Currently, my schedule is as follows. 45 mins 360 rotors, 30 mins 180 rotors, and 15 minutes regular popup sprinklers. Monday thru Friday on grass. The trees get water once a week for 2-3 hours per zone. I know people say watering more less often is better for grass, but I have proven that wrong where I live. We hang around 100 degrees most of the summer and until I started watering daily my grass always looked rough. It needs constant water. Theres no shade, its hot, and the soil is probably not the greatest. I’m also growing tall fescue and I’m in the wrong climate for it. But with enough water it looks amazing.
So on to some questions…
Would you suggest the flex daily schedule or should I just manually put it what I know works for me? Another question I have about the flex schedule is this, my well is shared by my father who lives next door. He’s very old school when it comes to tech, but he paid for the well so I’m at his mercy. When it rains (which is very rare, we’ve had 4" this year is all) his method of turning off the sprinklers for a couple days is turning off the circuit breaker to the pump which shuts us both down. So my Rachio is not gonna know it didn’t actually run unless I install a flow meter which I really don’t wanna do. Will this throw everything out of whack? I’m guessing yes.
So if anyone has any input on how I might start I would appreciate it. I understand it will take some tweaking to get it all right and I am fully prepared for that. Thanks in advance.