Flexible Daily Schedules FAQ
What are Flexible Daily Schedules?
Flexible Daily Schedules (formerly known as Flex Schedules) determine when to water dynamically on a zone by zone basis; intervals will adjust based on weather conditions and soil moisture estimates.
Can I convert a Fixed Schedule to a Flexible Daily Schedule?
Yep! Any zone can be scheduled to run on multiple schedule types. We do not recommend running a zone on a Flexible Daily schedule in conjunction with another schedule as it will cancel out the Flexible Daily schedule. This can be visually observed using the soil moisture level graphs in Flexible Daily schedules.
How should I start?
We recommend crawling before you walk. Start simply by adding one or two zones to a Flexible Daily schedule, be sure to remove those zones from any other schedules. This will help you get comfortable with the watering frequency and overall Flexible schedule behavior. Trying them out for a few weeks and visually inspecting your yard is the best way to fine tune your flex schedules and verify that they are working correctly.
What if I have a zone with mixed crop types?
Flexible Daily schedules are not recommended for mixed crop type zones.
What if I have restrictions?
Flexible Daily schedules allow you to configure watering to one of three modes:
- Any Day
- Specific days of the week (i.e. Tuesday and Friday)
- Odd/even interval
We do not recommend using Flexible Daily schedules if you cannot water more than 4 days per week as the dynamic nature of Flexible Daily schedules could up watering on each non-restricted day trying to catch up to your optimal soil moisture level. For example, if you can only water on Tuesday and Thursday, and the Flexible Daily schedule watered on Tuesday, on Thursday it will determine if you can wait until next Tuesday. If not, it will water again on Thursday. The recommended setting is Any Day.
How do you determine my zone's watering time?
Zone run times are determined by soil type (available water capacity), nozzle precipitation rate, managed allowed depletion, and crop type (root zone depth). All of these values can be quickly edited within the zone menu screen.
Why are my tree and shrub zones watering longer?
Trees, shrubs, and perennials have much longer roots than cool and warm season grass so it takes longer to irrigate to the amount of water required to refill the root zone soil water content back up to field capacity. Even though the watering might be longer, the frequency of watering will be much less often.
Will the zone watering duration change throughout the season?
No, only the watering interval (frequency) will change on Flexible Daily schedules. The watering duration remains fixed, as it is based on the zone attributes you provide.
Why does the calendar show so many watering times?
Flexible Daily schedules will water different zones on different days due to their unique characteristics, often times the calendar might look like it is watering more frequently than it actually is, but this is due to the zone by zone scheduling that Flexible Daily schedules manage. To know which zones are watering each day, tap on a calendar day to see.
My schedule didn't run as predicted, what gives?
The calendar view (watering schedule) uses forecast data to estimate the next scheduled watering. However, if the observed weather is hotter/cooler and/or more precipitation/less precipitation is reported than forecasted, the Flexible Daily schedule may change. Every night at midnight the schedule will update the forecasted weather data with observed weather data and applies a checkbook style accounting of the moisture level for each zone. Any time a zone is calculated to reach its allowed depletion, the zone will be watered.
Why does my next scheduled watering show "Not Scheduled"?
Flexible daily schedules will schedule a zone to run once it reaches it's allowed depletion. Since weather is always changing, we only forecast 14 days into the future. If the moisture levels of your zone is not predicted to fall below allowed depletion within the next 14 days, then your zone will be notated as "Not Scheduled". Please note that since Flexible Daily schedules are dynamic, this prediction can change on a daily basis based to the weather data reported.
Can I use my personal weather station (PWS) information?
Yes, all schedule types gather precipitation data from the preferred weather station.
When will my zone(s) water next?
The best place to learn about when & why your Flexible Daily schedule is running (or not running) is to review the soil moisture level graphs for the zone in question.