Just got my Rachio installed yesterday and I’m not sure how to set up one of my zones.
I moved into a new build home in central Texas about 2 years ago and being the wonderful people that builders are, gave me zero info on the plants in my front yard. I have two trees, one I think is red oak and I’m not sure about the other, but pretty sure it’s another oak, and the flower bed has a crepe myrtle, a few firecracker plants, some general shrubs, and a mix of Mexican heather and some creeping plant that I’m not entirely sure what it is. Luckily the rest of the yard is just bermuda grass.
Each of the trees, the crepe myrtle, and the area with the heather and other plant were set up with a bubbler, however I’ve next to completely turned off the heads for the smaller plants since I was told they don’t need hardly any water. I’m not necessarily a fan of the bubblers on the 3 trees since they’re adjustable and it seems like the consensus is those aren’t great since you can’t tell how much they’re putting out.
The rest of the bed is serviced by a rainbird 15RCS, 8-VAN, and an 8Q (the crepe myrtle is in there with it so the bubbler is with that as well). After looking up the flow rates it seems like they’re all over the place so I’m definitely open to suggestions for the flow rate to set or recommendations on replacement sprinkler heads.
The way I currently set the zone is flex monthly, with smart cycle and soak. I set the zone type to trees with a fixed spray head so it’d take advantage of the soak since runoff is a problem here (silty clay soil). I currently have a crop coefficient set at 65% and set the nozzle to 1.5 in. It’s currently estimating 1 hr 23 min for the next watering and I’m really not sure if that’s too much or too little.