I installed a Rachio 3 controller just after having some landscaping work done, and setup seems overly complex given what I think should be a fairly common scenario. I have a zone that is a lawn with a bunch of newly layed seed. And another zone with a bunch of newly planted plants. But both of the flex schedule options seem to assume that the lawn and yard are long established growth and want to set up watering schedules that are much too infrequent and long. In order to fix that it seems like I need to learn a bunch of esoteric formulas about crop coefficients, root depth, etc. It would be nice to have a built in switch to say, “I just planted a bunch of grass seed here” or “all of these plants are new”, and the flex modes could set up a schedule that watered more frequently at first and adjusted appropriately over time as they became established.
In general, I wish there were some intermediate settings between “this zone has bushes” on one end of complexity and “nozzle inches per hour” on the other where I could tell it more general information about what I have growing without a huge learning curve.