I am using RM on a 100% drip system for newly planted shrubs and trees on 3 zones in the Phoenix metro area which has little rain and terrible hard clay soil . Settings are:
- Vegetation: Bushes
- Soil Type: Clay
- Slope: Flat
- Sprinkler Head Type: Surface Drip
- Sun Exposure: Partial Shade
- Area: (# square feet by zone)
- Total Flow: (total gallons per minute for all drip emitters in zone)
I have enabled weather and seasonal adjustments and adaptive frequency. It is linked to NOAA.
We were advised to opt for deep watering over frequent watering so I set the cycle to every 3 days and it calculated the watering time accordingly. I found that it was going 6 days between watering when skipping so I set the cycle to every 1 day. It is now applying less water and skipping every other day.
I would like to see it go a minimum of 3 days between watering but water on the 4th or 5th day when needed rather than waiting for the 6th day. Is there a way to do this?
I am also concerned that the long watering duration from a multi-day cycle could over saturate the clay ground. Will the Auto setting for Cycles and Soak automatically split each zone's watering cycle into multiple on/off periods to avoid saturation?
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