I installed the new Rachio 3 system a couple weeks ago, and used the smart settings to set the schedule. I am in Fort Worth, and we may only water two days per week, and I have that set correctly. I went ahead and used the ‘smart’ cycle, and I noticed that the soak is happening toward the end of the process. I have 9 zones, and Zone 8 runs last. It runs for 8 minutes then soaks for 30, then runs for another 8 minutes and ends. Only Zone 8 has this soaking element to the schedule. I reviewed the history since installing on July 12, and only zone 8 has this soaking process happening. Zone 8 is just 5 sprinklers that spray on the right side of the house.
My grass is still green in this heat, so I guess we’re doing okay, but I just don’t get how the smart cycle works, while it only soaks the one zone. Anyone have any more insight into how this feature works?