March 26, 2019 at 1:26 am #76981
I’ve decided to try smart watering. SW had scheduled a run this morning. When I woke up I noticed that no watering had occurred and a rain delay was in effect. It is forecast to rain tomorrow, but as today (and the last week) have been in the mid 30’s the lawn probably wanted a drink (especially if forecast is wrong!). I’m away so can’t judge. Anyway I’ve started looking into the dashboard and notice under the Smart Watering a button ‘Schedule to Process’. Beneath this it states ‘Next processing 04/06 08:57’. If I select the button the text beneath changes to ‘Next processing 03/26 13:00’ which is the next on hour time after I pressed the button. What is being done at 13:00? And if I didn’t press the button what’s not being done until 04/06.?
Also in the app’s zone smart watering settings does ajusting the estimated Intervals setting just change the rate that soil moisture percentage decreases or does it alter other settings as well.
Finally I assume that it is the soil moisture percentage value that triggers the next watering period. If this is so what percentage do I need to manually reduce it to to force a watering in the next available period?
PeterSpread the love!March 26, 2019 at 3:38 pm #76991Gregory CookKeymaster
A lot of the SW system depends on what your forecast looks like, the current moisture levels, what type of soil you have and if it is in shade or not. This also goes into deciding when the system will process your SW schedule going forward. You can force it to process but if the forecast is showing rain and low temps the SW will not want to process immediately.
Changing the interval within the app will only change the days in between watering. It does not have a direct affect on the soil moisture or other settings.
My original statement will hold true for moisture levels.Their is not set moisture level that causes the system to water as all of the other factors play a role in when it waters as well. For example you can have 0-10% moisture and the system sees rain or cold weather in the forecast it will not try and schedule. You could also have 90% moisture and the system sees hot dry weather going forward and will schedule because it sees your soil may need that moisture going forward.
I hope all of this helps.Spread the love!March 26, 2019 at 10:15 pm #76999
1. Can you comment on the function of the ‘schedule to process’ button on the dashboard page?
2. I thought I was starting to understand smart watering until this morning. Went to bed last night with all 6 stations below 50% SM. Woke this morning to all at 100%. There had been no watering or rain! There was a rain delay in effect based on the forecast. Does SW add forecast rain to SM%? If so will it remove it when the rain doesn’t eventuate?
3. Asked in another post about forecasting service which you said was Aeris. I’ve been following their forecasts for my location (Brisbane, Australia). They are awful. Regularly forecast very high chance of 50mm or more when the local weather service says slight chance of a few mm. They are always wrong!
PeterSpread the love!April 5, 2019 at 4:20 pm #77071StephenKeymaster
@pjfrank I’ll take over for Greg,
1. This tells the timer to ping our server for an update on the Smart Watering. I wouldn’t recommend pressing this all too often, it can cause issues with your timer and our server.
2. Are you looking at this on the dashboard under the smart watering page, labeled “Current Levels”? If so, this does not take into account the Forecast, but one reason could be that the timer received less ET than was forecast and when we reconciled with observational data, it adjusted your levels. Each night, we update everything about your program, so adjustments would be made.
3. This is entirely dependent on the weather station your timer is hooked up to. I would check with that weather station and maybe see if there is one closer to your home that is reporting more accurately. You can check your weather station in your app by going to Settings > Devices > Your timer > Weather Adjustments.Spread the love!April 6, 2019 at 1:24 am #77077
1. Thanks, I’ll resist the temptation?. Often the date shown is a week or more ahead. Surely the SM updates are done daily?
2. No, it was the SM% icon that you can adjust in the station section of the app.
3.I was talking about the forecast. From what I read here all forecasts are from Aeris. The stations that you select in the app don’t provide forecasts merely observations of actual weather. My closest one is a private station about 3km away which provides results pretty close to what I observe at home. The closest public station is over 20km away on the coast (I’m inland) and therefore not much use. As an aside an option to manually add rainfall would be useful for those of us who have rain gauges.
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