This post could go under suggestions, support, or flexible daily schedules. I have seen a similar question from about 2 years ago, I just wanted to see if there has been any improvement or what people would suggest. I have set up Flexible schedules. I have tweaked the zone settings as much I know. I have changed the soil type, nozzle types, shaded areas and things like that, but I am now getting areas that seem to be getting too much water and some that don’t get enough. I think for the most part if is because the spray zone of some zones completely overlaps another zone, which causes the area to get twice as much water and ends up being soggy and overwatered, or there is no overlap at all and the area is getting too dry. For the sake of being “easy” or “intuitive” I think that each zone or maybe the app in general should have an occasional “checkup” so to speak. Every couple of weeks have the App ask a question or a survey of some sort:
“How am I doing?”
-Great! Keep it up. (End of survey)
-Not so great, adjustments need to be made. (Go to #2)
“Have you made adjustments to your zones to ensure you have the correct nozzle type, soil type, shaded areas, and vegetation settings?”
-Yes (Go to #3)
-No (Suggest that the user goes in and makes adjustments to the settings so that Rachio can do a better job at figuring out a better schedule, or give them the option to skip and proceed to #3 anyway).
"Do you have zones which are:
-Too Wet (ground stays soggy in between waterings)? (Go to #4)
-Too Dry (ground is completely dry and/or vegetation is dry)? (Go to #5)
-Some too wet, others too dry? (Go to #4 then to #5)
Which zones are too wet?
-Check boxes for each zone. (Go to #5 of they also have dry zones or go to #6 if not)
Which zones are too dry?
-Check boxes for each zone. (Go to #6)
Rachio will make adjustments to your schedule based off this input. We recommend that you ensure all of your zone settings are correct before these changes are made.
-Would you like to make these changes to your schedule? (Confirm the changes and Rachio somehow “knows” or makes adjustments to its algorithm based off this input to improve its watering schedule.)
-Or do you want to make adjustments to your zone settings first? After you make changes, you can restart this survey at any time in the Main app settings, or we will ask you again in about two weeks.
A similar survey could be given within each zone if you just wanted to tweak that zone and none of the others.
I am not a programmer and so I have no idea about the complexity that this would bring into the app itself or the algorithms that Rachio uses in order to correctly irrigate, but I think it would help to improve their image of user friendliness and usability. It could essentially be the “Nest” of lawn irrigation. Too much water? Rachio turns it down a bit. Too dry? Rachio turns it down a bit. Right now, it might be saving me water overall, but it is actually taking me far more of my time in order to constantly tweak the settings to hopefully get it right (it might be the end of summer before that happens) than if I just stayed with my basic Rainbird controller.