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    pjfrank
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    I’ve just installed a lawn and garden system (6 stations, 3×3). I’m interested in setting up smart watering and have ordered some catch cups. All the videos and instructions that I’ve come across refer to lawns. If I use the catch cup results for the garden beds is the app able to calculate data for smart watering?
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    robmehrer
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    Youll need to be more specific… Smart watering is just calculating Rain Fall numbers. What i mean by that its mimicking what kind of water you would get with rain fall. So if you’re using a drip system or whatnot and need a specific watering type you would set that up in the App under smart watering in that zone. Catch cans will tell you precipitation in that area of the yard or bed that your particular sprinkler outputs. There are formulas you can run to understand the GPM and how long you should spray for on that zone. Depending on your vegetation it will have a watering requirement and that can be set per zone.

    Step 1 run a GPM test ( i go to my main water meter and start a zone for 1 minute, watch and count the Gallons tick off) do this for each zone and record it. Now you know what that zone puts out per minute with those heads. This will vary per zone since the pipe dia, length and make up can greatly change the flow rate.

    Step 2 Catch can test – place tuna cans or catch cans all over the yard or in the beds and run it for 5 minutes for sprayers and 10-15 for rotors. To determine run time (time each station should run), use this example: if there is ¼ inch of water in each catch can after running for 5 minutes, to apply 1 inch of water, set the run time for 20 minutes (this is just an example; your measurements could vary greatly). Some irrigation systems apply water faster than the ground will absorb 1 inch of the water. To avoid water running off the landscape into the street, you may need to run these stations several short times instead of one long time. With this example, set the controller to run 10 minutes 2 times. (Google ‘Cycle and Soak’ and ‘Aerate Lawn Area’ for more ideas.)

    Step 3 If the water levels in the catch cans are equal or near equal, your irrigation system is working efficiently (distributing water evenly).

    Step 4 Test each zone. Water application and distribution can vary by zone.

    With allllll of that being said if you use those same inputs in the smart watering per zone you can match that up to what the scheduler creates and make sure youre not over or underwatering those zones.

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