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Soil Type/Slope Feature

The soil type / slope feature is the secret weapon of the SmartLine controller. Many people overlook this setting but it has a wonderful purpose – preventing runoff. Here are some definitions to help: RUN – the maximum run cycle the controller will accept. SOAK = the minimum amount of time the zone remains off before a new cycle starts. This feature does not affect the overall amount of water that is applied, just how that water is applied.

Plant Type programming

In the auto adjust settings, a very important programming section is dedicated to plant type. Here we will discuss what each plant type refers to and how you can adjust the plant type setting to accurately reflect the plants in your landscape.

Landscape Coefficients

As with any smart controller, the better the information we program into the controller, the better the results the controller puts out. If you’d like to set custom precipitation rates for your sprinkler types, use this simple equation.

The Weathermatic Smartline series of controllers have two distinct modes. Standard and Auto Adjust. Here we will discuss the Standard mode functions and operation.Standard mode is just as it sounds, standard. Or you can think of it as basic, simple, or even dumb. (Since we are discussing smart controllers, I had to throw that one in). The standard mode operates just like every controller on the market. What you see is what you get. This mode is what I refer to as a "good soldier".

The Smartline controller asks for a number of items to operate in AUTO ADJUST. The first on the dial position for AUTO ADJUST and topic of this update is ZIP CODE. It means more than you think. The Smartline controller uses real-time, on site weather information from the Smartline Weather Stations (SLW1 and SLW5 or SLW15) to calculate the daily ETo and apply that to the programming in auto adjust to accurately calculate the run times for each individual zones that is needed to replace the water that was lost that day.

Occasionally, customers will ask me why they should choose Weathermatic Smart controllers over the competition.   There's a lot to that question, but I usually respond with "Why not?"

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