Sorry to revisit my original thread but figured it will provide some context.
In three days i am finally getting a local installer to put irrigation in my yard and i was pleasantly surprised to hear he has installed a rachio gen 2 to 2 other houses nearby so he certainly has the experience.
I got three quotes - one of them was wild so was discounted. The other one was about $2,000 more than the one i went for but it it included boring under sidewalk and spray heads for the sidewalk. However the installer had never heard of Rachio.
The contractor that got my business was a very reasonable and practical guy who came in $2,000 less than the other guy and he mentioned during the quote that boring under sidewalk would probably add another $1800. So an honest guy who has actually been very good in his general lawn advice and coordinated with my builder so bonus points. His solution for the sidewalk lawn strip is simply additional sprinklers at the edge of the yard.
I am back here to ask on advice on how to set up the controller. The installer has done it before but i want to understand it better.
There is some slope in my yard (so much so that i am thinking of getting one of those robotic mowers), and on the side yard the builder had to redo the grading and re-install the sod as the water was pooling pretty badly. The new sod is not in yet but i suspect his “remediation” is not that great and i will have some water retention issues there.
All that leads me to believe that:
- I may need to adjust watering at the slope to allow for retention
- Reduce watering to the side yard for the opposite reason - allow for drainage/absorption
- Maybe opt for a fixed schedule as Bermuda does not need terribly much water
There is a wireless rain sensor installed as well. I am also planning to integrate my personal Samsung Smartthings hub with the rachio just because i can…cant think of any use for it though other than firing up all zones in the case of fire.
Anything else i need to consider for my new install?