A Manual Program allows you to create your own watering schedules. The idea of a Program is to serve zone(s) with similar watering need. Zones with different watering requirements are recommend to be assigned to different programs.
There is only one zone can be active at the same time. If there are multiple programs with the same start time, we will rearrange the watering tasks so that they will run in order. Multiple start times are allowed in the same program, and different watering duration is allowed for different start time for more flexibility.
For example, if you have zone #1 and zone #2 in a Manual Program with a specified start time and duration, the Manual Program will re-arrange so that the actual watering tasks will not overlap:
You also have the option to apply Seasonal Adjustment within your Manual Program. Although a Manual Program will follow all your schedule settings, you have the option to skip the watering tasks by applying "Skip Rules" based on Chance of Rain, Rain Sensor Skip, Manual Skip, and Freeze Prevention.
Create a Manual Program
Please go to the "Program" tab.
Click the "Add New Manual Program" button to create a new Manual Program.
You can modify the default program name, then click NEXT STEP button:
Please click the new Manual Program that you created:
Now you can click the Zone option to assign zone(s) for this Manual Program.
Please note that you need to assign at least one zone to a Manual Program in order to "Enable" it.
Set Up a Manual Schedule
In the "Schedule" page, you need to specify the Watering Day with any of the 4 criteria:
- Odd Days - Odd days of the month.
- Even Days - Even days of the month.
- Every X Days - X is set to 3 by default. Set to 1 if you want to water every day.
- Weekly - Select any day(s) of the week to set the weekly watering schedule.
You can have up to 24 Start Times (or schedules) in a Manual Program with different duration.
Please specify the Duration for the hottest month of a year, which will be scaled as 100% if you plan to use the Seasonal Adjustment feature. The minimum duration (or run time) is one minute.
When you enable the "Seasonal Adjustment" feature, the "Duration" for the hottest month of a year is shown but the Actual Duration for the current month will be adjusted based on your Seasonal Adjustment Setting.
To modify the "Seasonal Adjustment Setting", click the menu icon in the "My Programs" page:
Click the chart to modify the adjustment percentage for each month. The default Seasonal Adjustment setting is determined automatically for your area.
The Maximum Number of Manual Programs
The maximum number of Manual Programs you can create is equal to the number of zones. You can assign zones to a program, rename the program, enable/disable the program, and set up a manual watering schedule.
If you need to run zones for different lengths of time, you can create multiple Manual Programs and assign zones with similar "duration (or run-length)" requirement to one Manual Program.