I’m starting up on my Rachio for the first time. Initial impressions are great–easy to hook up and we’re watering as expected right away.
I wanted to sanity check my initial settings with this audience since I’m not at all experienced with the advanced lingo in the zone setups. I’m sure over time and with some more reading I’ll be getting a little more informed on my own.
I was hoping to use the Flex Daily schedule with the assumption that would get me the greatest water savings while not killing my plants. After choosing the right vegetation (warm season grass and annuals), soil (loam), exposure, nozzle and slope (everything but the advanced settings), I was surprised to see that the Flex Daily initially suggested schedule was over 3.5 hours of watering for my 8 zones. By comparison, with my “dumb timer” I was watering 75 minutes every other day for those same 8 zones during warm/dry weather. Less frequently during cooler weather.
It was easy to override the Flex Daily schedule to match my previous zone schedule by setting new time ranges for each of the zones, so that’s what I’ve done so far. Today, it watered per normal and the spaced out waterings for this month that I’m seeing on the schedule look sensible as the weather cools down.
Is this a reasonable process I’ve used? Or by cutting down the watering times by 70% or so, have I masked an incorrect configuration and I’ll experience problems down the line?
Thanks in advance for any help.