Can we get a zone designed for pots? Some settings would not apply, such as area. Anybody have suggestions on what would be useful in this type of zone? There are a lot of variables, such as pot size and plant type.
Thanks @JimParker - I’d like to piggyback on this. We just got a new Gen3, haven’t installed it yet. I’ve installed a new 4 zone system for my yard (three for the yard, one for pots/patio). We rotate our vegetables and flowers to different areas of the yard based on common guidelines. Our zones are Not based on location. All of the zones lead to all locations locations in the yard, from 3/4" to 1/2", down to 1/4" tubing that serves individual areas, and emitters. So two plants in close proximity might be in different “virtual zones”, and on different watering schedules. If we move those plants to a different physical location (or start a new mini crop of the same type), they stay in the same “zone” because they need the same watering pattern. Wherever we put a specific kind of plant, it will still get the proper sun and may have similar soil.
Sure, there are nuances, like what do we do if we put two plants of the same type in areas with different soil types? Well, we’re trying to get a limited set of these parameters to fit within the confines of three zones. That’s the game, and I think that’s what Jim is facing with different plants in close proximity with different requirements.
Yes, pots would be a good place to start. We have one zone dedicated to shaded pots which may not be subject to the same wind, sunlight, or rain as the rest of the yard. To get more diversity within the single zone, the only thing we can think of now is to just use adjustable emitters, and use those to fine-tune more or less GPH above whatever is managed by the schedule.
All guidelines for irrigation products are based on physical zone location. I’m hoping to find folks who would like to share notes on this concept of “virtual zones”, how to manage them through Rachio scheduling, and other ways to just make it all work well. I expect it will take us a long time here to see exactly how to match specific watering patterns with specific plants types in our geo area in different parts of our yard. (As a tech nerd I see all of this going into a database and using the API to help.)
I’ll stop for now. I’d be very happy if someone says “go to this link and there’s a ton of info about how to do that”. Hey, I can dream.