I recently got a Rachio 3, and right now I am running it in simulation mode (no valve connected), to get a grip on the various settings.
While doing that, I came across some issues and suggestions below
Why with all settings being equal, do a Flex Monthly Schedule produces a watering time half as long as a Flex Daily Schedule?
With two different zones, one for perennials on drip lines with deep roots, and one for lawn on Sprinkler with shallow roots, a single Flex Monthly Schedule water them both as often (on the same exact schedule). Normally the lawn on sprinklers should water more frequently, especially in the summer. If creating two separate schedules (one for the lawn and one for the perennials, they will indeed end up with different frequency (lawn watering more frequently).
Is a single schedule unable to differentiate watering frequency by zone?
When looking at the calendar, there is no visual cues to differentiate the various schedules if they are of the same type, they all show up as the same color drop.
Given it seems to be necessary to create separate schedules to get appropriate watering frequency, it would really help if each schedule could be given a different color or even icon on the calendar, regardless of the type.
Any reason why we can’t edit the Schedule type? Right now we have to delete and recreate the schedule…
In Flex Daily, Rachio does not predict the schedule beyond the forecast. It would help a lot if it could predict all year long using historical data like it does with Flex Monthly. This would help in the initial setup phase to see the type of frequency behavior that is being calculated.
For Soil types and Exposure, we are given a set of options which are great. That said given these directly drive watering times and frequency, it would be nice to have an alternate option of a slider so we could adjust the impact more precisely than just the few existing choices.
EDIT: I realize that for fine tuning of frequency, I could use the Advanced slider for Allowed depletion. by allowing less depletion, I can increase watering frequency. To fine tune watering time, I could also use the advanced nozzle inch per hour.
The online manual seems to be out of date with the current options in the App. This should really be addressed both for users to find out all the settings meaning, but also for prospect buyers who could get the wrong impression about what the system can do.
Thank you for listening
I also posted my first impressions in the thread below