Standby Mode should show scheduled waterings


#1

For beginners, or those of us who prefer to manually water, it would be helpful if Standby mode continued to show the scheduled waterings due to all enabled schedules (for the next 2 weeks). In other words, we would like to see Rachio’s predicted water scheduling, but make the final decision to water manually. The manual watering would then be accounted for by Rachio and affect future scheduled watering (this already works).

In this Standby mode, the scheduled watering display could be colored in some special way to indicate that the scheduled waterings would not actually occur unless done manually.

This approach already works in the sense that, when in Standby mode, I can still go to the soil moisture tracking plots to see when you’re anticipating the need to water again, but that info is not being displayed up front in the calendar, etc., making this approach a bit more clumsy than it needs to be.


#2

@rainguy-

Thanks for the suggestion! This sounds like an interesting situation. Can I ask why you are still watering manually, rather than letting the schedule water?

McKynzee :rachio:


#3

Hi McKynzee. By “manual” I generally mean run a disabled schedule such that Rachio waters a set of zones in succession, so it’s just a single click to get things going. Where I’m at we generally get plenty of rain, and irrigation shouldn’t be necessary under average conditions. However, we’ll often have summers where we have several weeks of high temp.s without rain, and both the bluegrass part of my lawn, as well as flower beds will need weekly watering. So the irrigation system is only used under these temporary conditions, and I prefer (on waking in morning) to be final arbiter of when things get water, with the help of Rachio to make that decision (based on soil moisture tracking). And fortunately, with Standby mode and an enabled Flex Daily schedule, you continue tracking the soil moisture effects of this manual watering while still allowing me to be the one to initiate it. (You’re just not showing me the results of this tracking up front.)

Another example is where I have a flower bed that is occasionally watered via a split (Y) in the tubing from one of the lawn zone valves. In this case, after directing flow to the flower bed, I tell Rachio to water that zone using a terminal in the controller devoted to it (i.e., more than one terminal can be used with the same valve if you’re willing to direct flows and water manually), and Rachio thereby tracks moisture in the flower bed too, since it views it as a separate zone.

You could even have Rachio track soil moisture in zones that it sends no water to (i.e., no wiring or valve connection), as long as you turn the zone on and off (i.e., use Rachio as a timer) when manually watering at a known flow rate. (Even simpler would be if we could tell Rachio how much water was applied to such an unconnected zone, expanding on the “fill” and “empty” function.)

So the general idea is that you have all this intelligence built into Rachio for monitoring soil moisture and predicting when irrigation is warranted, but have unnecessarily buried the results of this feature when in Standby mode.

Fixing this would probably also be helpful for beginners who don’t yet trust the system, and who would prefer to see projections that they can trigger manually, rather than immediately giving up control of all aspects of watering to Rachio. That’s certainly what I would be inclined to do while initially fine tuning the system.