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

Editor in Chief
Martin loves working with the talented editors and writers on the Best Buy Blog as Editor-in-Chief. During his spare time he is either working on his next novel, cooking up a masterpiece in the kitchen, or adding some smart tech to his new home on Mayne Island in British Columbia.


  1. I would love to win a Rachio smart controller because you can connect it to wifi and control watering your lawn from your phone.

  2. I’m putting new top soil with new lawn seed soon and this water sprinkler that save water consumption would be perfect for what i need. Also my husband is a tech geek, so anything that can be used with the phone to control is a bonus.

  3. We do a lot of camping in the summer. We have a large garden and have to get someone to check that our current system is doing it’s job. This would be much simpler and better for the garden (and us)

  4. I would love to win a Rachio smart controller because you can connect it to wifi network and control watering my lawn from anywhere!

  5. I have a garden thats needs water every day so this is a real time saver for me if I were to win this.

  6. I would love to win a Rachio smart controller because you can connect it to wifi and control watering your lawn from your phone

  7. we have new grass and a few sections that aren’t getting watered well so this would be a nice addition

  8. Would be great to be able to water the lawn even when I’m not around and customizing the zones would be great too.

  9. with all this heat I would love to win this to help me keep on top of my watering schedule and make it more convenient to keep my lawn watered!

  10. i want to win the smart sprinkler so I can be sure my plants are taken care of even while i’m away on vacation

  11. Oh my garden and lawn would love to be watered when I’m away for the weekend. Being able to turn it off from my phone if I forget is super helpful too

  12. I would like this because I think it would be helpful to be able to program it based on the weather.

  13. We have an irrigation system and I find our current controller non-intuitive (i.e., hard) to program. It is also in the basement inconveniently behind the furnace where the lighting is poor. So it is a pain just to manually turn it on for everything or just certain zones. So the ability to program the controller from my phone, even when I am not home, would be super convenient.

  14. I learned that it uses satellite, radar, and other weather data to help you plan your watering schedule.

  15. One reason–mostly because I’m tired of turning the valves manually and then getting wet leaving and coming to turn them off.

  16. oh i would love this. With all the restrictions on when we can water or not. i have to water by hand. alot of time i don’t water enough because i don’t like standing in place for long. This would be perfect!

  17. i want to win the smart sprinkler so I can be sure my plants are taken care of even while i’m away on vacation

  18. I want to win a Rachio smart controller for my home because it will conserve water during hot summer!

  19. Being able to turn it on/off from anywhere as opposed to manually turning sprinklers on would be a game changer.

  20. I would love to win a Rachio smart controller because it can connect to WiFi and you can use your cell phone to adjust settings.

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