I’m Rachio curious at this point - very interested in giving it a shot, but have a few questions.
I have a rather large yard in the St Louis area - approximately 11,000 sq ft of lawn, with multiple mature oak trees in the lawn / around the border. Currently have 13 zones controlled by a Hunter 16 Zone controller: Zones 1 - 7 are Lawn, 8 is shrubs (azaleas, hollies, boxwoods with ground cover) and zones 9 - 13 are borders (shrubs + ground cover). I use Agri-Gro Turf Formula (similar to Thrive?) plus a Scott’s program.
My goal is to save water while maintaining a healthy lawn. I currently run every zone every alternate day, but it’s hard to keep up with the trees competing for water in a hot, humid St Louis summer. My lawn (cool season fescue) is generally good through June and then becomes patchy in July and August.
How will the Rachio Flex programs account for the tree competition? Any opinions on whether it will be able to save water?