This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Rachio. All opinions are 100% mine.
Lawn and Landscape Maintenance
Now that the spring has sprung and the hot summer weather is just around the corner, it’s really time to start thinking about the best ways to take care of your lawn and landscaping. I work at home, so I have some flexibility in maintaining the house. I just love when the flowers are blooming and the grass is super green. I also have a burning need to fix dead grass. It just feels right and you walk outside feeling good just being alive!!! From laying out a great design to getting the product to planting, it’s all a really fun part of the season and of home ownership.
While you can spend a fortune getting the plants, seed, and whatever else, the ongoing maintenance is really key to success. You need to use fertilizers and all of that, sure, but what you really need is water. Literally, nothing would work without it. My in-ground water sprinkler is a lifesaver for me. No doubt about it.
Rachio 3 Smart Water Sprinkler Controller
Take the guesswork out of watering your yard with the Rachio 3 Smart Water Sprinkler Controller. The Rachio 3 is the best-selling, highest rated smart sprinkler controller on the market.
Control your sprinkler system from your phone via the Rachio app and set up simple smart schedules that adjust for weather to make your plants healthier. Rachio helps you get the perfect yard you want using just the right amount of water so you don’t have to choose between having a beautiful yard and saving water. It gets to know your lawn and trains it to be healthier and require less water.
Today’s smart homes require the latest and greatest tech to run them. Rachio is also the most connected smart controller on the market. It works seamlessly with all of your favorite smart home platforms like Nest, Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa, IFTTT, Alarm.com, SmartThings, Control4, Crestron, and more! You can even use voice commands when available.
Unmatched Weather Intelligence
I love that the system uses the Rachio’s exclusive Weather Intelligence™ Plus. The beauty of being connected to the interwebs, right? The systems automatically adjusts watering schedules based on weather at your home. Premium Weather Intelligence™ Plus pinpoints the forecast in your exact location – within a 36 foot radius – then adjusts watering accordingly. Using comprehensive satellite, radar and weather station data from more than a quarter million sources, Rachio makes sure you’re never caught watering in the rain, wind, freeze, or snow.
Basically, if the weather is wet, the Rachio will let Mother Nature do her thing. You lawn won’t be watered, saving you money while not wasting all of that precious water. It’s pretty amazing if you think about it. It’s smart for your budget and for the environment. That’s not too shabby, if I do say so myself.
Installing the Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller requires no special tools, just a screwdriver. That was a huge plus for me. The simple DIY installation takes 30 minutes or less and is compatible with any in-ground sprinkler system. That’s insanely good. For me, it took me about 10 minutes, and that was with opening the box and removing the old unit.
There’s really just a few easy steps involved. First, take a picture of the connected wires in the current unit. You want to make sure you know where to put the wires into the Rachio. Next, unhook your old controller then simply screw the Rachio into the wall (three screws). Be sure that the controller is close to where the old controller was located. Why? Because you have to be close enough to connect the wires.
Connecting the wires was a snap. It was actually even easier than my old unit was because the wires did not have to be wrapped around a screw, it was just inserted into the hole, allowing the one-touch connectors to do all the work. Easy peasy. Of note, you can connect with both 14 & 18 gauge wires. Plug the power cord into the unit and wait for the blue lights to start flashing on the front of the controller. Once that’s going, the really slick magnetic cover locks right into place without any more screwing or clipping.
Control Everything with the App
Once the unit it mounted, wired, and has power, complete the setup in the Rachio App. The setup for took a couple of minutes and I was ready to get going. I set up a Quick Run of 3 minutes per zone to make sure all was well. It worked like a charm. Time to customize your zones, run times, and durations! If there’s a problem, simply contact customer service…they are awesome. They want to help you find a smarter way to water your lawn!
The Rachio app is fantastic and very well may be the best part of the Rachio 3. If you have a smart home, then you really just need to get on board with this. It fits right into everything you are probably about. It’s unique and powerful. Not many water sprinkler systems today even offer this as an option. It’s 2018, baby! Smart home and smart tech is the key, right???
The Rachio app offers really precise remote control of your system with run, pause, skip or Quick Run. It’s all right there at your fingertips. You can quickly and easily do everything you need to with your sprinkler system like test zones and set up a Custom Run zone queue. Each zone can even have a unique run time – both when the watering is scheduled and for how long it will run. I love that you can replace zone numbers with names and photos! That makes using the system that much easier to keep track of. The scheduling setup is great as well. You can create tailored, accurate schedules and even set up your system to end before sunrise or begin after sunset.
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I love having all the control at my fingertips wherever I am. The connection to the system is powerful and the app makes everything really easy to understand. Tons of information, sure, but it’s presented in a very user-friendly way.
The Made In The USA Rachio 3 Sprinkler Controller costs $229.99 for the 8-zone and $279.99 for the 16-zone: units and is available exclusively on www.rachio.com. Use special promo code GUYANDTHEBLOG30 to get $30 off!!! That code is active until July 4th!!!