This spring I started using a Rachio 3 for the first time.
Previously I had the State Extension service come out and do an analysis on my yard for root depth, soil type, measured sprinkler watering rate per zone, etc
In the end they gave me a suggested watering schedule of minutes/cycle per zone, number of cycles a day, and number of days between watering. Following this schedule seemed to keep most of my yard green here in Utah.
With the new “smart” controller, I set up all the zones correctly and set it to a flex monthly. I noticed that the total scheduled watering time was showing as less than 25% of the time of my previous setup. It is also showing that it is watering every day. Now my grass is showing signs of getting brown and crunchy and we’ve only just now started getting 80F days. I don’t see how this is going to work come 90-100F days in July and August.
I’m willing to try these smart features especially if it helps with saving on water, but so far its just not doing enough. I tried increasing each zone to the total recommended amount of time from the analysis, but I don’t think that’s what I want as it is just watering for a very long time now. I’d rather it break up the total time as it rotates around the yard.
What do I need to do to improve how my lawn is getting watered?