Thanks for everyone’s help so far. The soil type is most likely sandy loam based on a Mason jar test, but it doesn’t go much deeper that a foot before I hit the hard stuff.
I managed to get everything installed this morning in less than an hour, didn’t even have to run to home depot for supplies to finish the install!
I did visit this afternoon to pick up replacement drip nozzles so I’d know exactly how much was being emitted at each plant. We also picked up a bunch of new ornamentals for the front yard which will be incorporated into the small plant zone.
I know I’ll be able to get this sorted out, but I still think there are some pretty significant problems with the way the software and app work today. I’m a pretty smart person, so I can’t be the only one that doesn’t get this.
For example: why can you only put one emitter per zone? I can’t be the only one who has these things stacked up in series - either in the desert or anywhere really. Without doing a bunch of non-intuitive math, it’s a pain for the layperson to sort out easily. Even for an advanced lawn care expert this is non-intuitive… Instead I think the algorithms are something only a soil scientist or a turf manager could digest - not your everyday homeowner.
This brings up the more important point I think: how can you be certain how much water you’re using and therefore saving? We’ve got almost a dozen drips in our front yard - some 2gph, most 1gph, some 0.5gph. How can the software ever take all of those into account and accurately determine how much water was used without knowing each and every drip connected in series on the zone?
Again, I love the system, it was a breeze to install and I’d recommend it to anyone, but I think these missing pieces are a serious flaw in the app/user interface. Hopefully it’s something they address in a future overhaul…