Anyone with an underground sprinkler system would benefit from owning a Rachio smart sprinkler controller. It’s a major upgrade from a timer controlled system. The setup is straight-forward and the freedom and advanced functionality will solve your watering woes. Learn about some of this smart device’s great features then enter for a chance to win one.

Inch by inch your garden will grow better with Rachio

There is a classic song appropriately called “Garden song.” Not the one by Phoebe Bridgers; the one written by David Mallett and made famous (for me at least) on the Muppet show with guest John Denver. “Inch by inch, row by row, Gonna make this garden grow,” it begins. That song makes it sound so easy.

Growing a garden is not easy. I wish it was. Every year it’s something different. This year the arugula went to seed after less than two weeks. My onions got smothered by poppies and Burdock. And don’t get me started on the tent caterpillar infestation. The biggest challenge every year is water. The beginning of the season was wet. Last year it was too dry and hot for anything to survive. For two years before that the growing season was very long and very consistently warm. We need to respond differently each year, sometimes each day to the challenges of keeping the garden moist, but not soaking wet.

What is a smart garden

My dream garden would get water when it needs it, not get watered when it doesn’t, and I would not have to be in the garden every day to make that happen. That’s the promise of a smart garden that Rachio makes a reality with the Rachio 3 Sprinkler Controller. A timer is not smart: it just sends water along a tube at the same time each day for the same amount of time. That’s dumb. What if it’s raining? The timer still waters wasting water and potentially drowning the crops. What if it’s particularly hot? The amount of water doesn’t change.

Rachio is smart. You can connect it to Wi-Fi then use your phone to adjust all the settings at any time from anywhere in the world. You can set individual watering schedules for up to 8 different zones. If one section gets more sun than another it makes sense for it to get a different amount of water. A timer doesn’t do that. Similarly, a timer doesn’t check the weather forecast in your area before watering your plants. Rachio does. Read Shelly’s detailed discussion of the benefits of using a Rachio smart controller then return here to enter for a chance to win one.

How to enter

Entering this contest is easy and you can enter in two different ways.

  1. In a comment below tell us one reason why you would want to win a Rachio smart controller for your home.
  2. In a comment below Shelly’s article, tell us one thing you learned about the Rachio Smart Sprinkler controller in her article or video.

What you can win

At the end of this contest we will randomly select one winner from all eligible entries to receive a new Rachio 8 zone sprinkler controller.

This contest runs from August 12th until August 28th

Remember that you can enter in two different ways. If you have friends or neighbours who love to garden, perhaps even obsess about their gardens, then tell them about this contest so they too have a chance to win.

Win a Rachio R3 8-Zone smart sprinkler controller Rules and Regulations

Good luck


  1. Oh boy… This would be so amazing to have!! I love that you can control it, and that it would be a huge money saver! 🙂

  2. It would be great to know how much water my lawn and garden get even when I’m not at home to check.

  3. this would be ideal for maintaining proper lawn maintenance with consistant watering when needed

  4. WE have a 2 year old house that came with a sprinkler system that does not seem to work well at all, we have to manually put it on and the jets block all the time. We feel we can’t go away in the summer for a few days because we have a lot of young plants so a system like this one would be amazing for us!

  5. It’s all about control (since we can not control the weather). Improving your lawn and garden with a simple “tap” or two.

  6. My partner has been trying to up his garden game this year and this would be great for controlled watering of those flowers, strawberries and tomatoes!

  7. I want to win a Rachio smart controller for my home as I have 15 gardens to water and this would be perfect for controlling when to water from anywhere I happen to be! .

  8. My family and I water our garden and flowers a few times a day on very hot days especially. The Rachio smart controller would make life simpler with the Wi-fi control features too.

    • This would be a game changer for me and end my woes to own a truly SMART watering system that can hook up my particular zone and water the garden according to weather and rain patterns.

  9. I’d love to have this sprinkler controller because it would let me use my sprinkler system so much more effectively! I need this!

  10. I would love this because I always hate having to figure out how to get my garden watered when I’m not home. This would take care of that problem for me.

  11. I water my vegetable garden 3 times a day and Rachio R3 8-Zone smart sprinkler controller would be such a time and water saver for me! Living in Atlantic Canada means unpredictable weather!

  12. I would want to win a Rachio smart controller for my home because I can connect it to Wi-Fi and then use my phone to adjust all the settings at any time from anywhere in the world on this great controller.

  13. I’d love to win this for my brother who is very interested in gardening and horticulture in general. This would make his post retirement more engaging.

  14. Would love to grow a dream garden and be able to manage the watering schedule of all the different plants!

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