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

333 COMMENTS

  1. So many reasons to use this but Letting you schedule your watering according to plant type and sun exposure would be amazing, especially on my rural propperty where the garden isn’t close tp the house./

  2. I’d love to bring one home. It would take a few things off of my to-do list. Sometimes our garden gets watered much less often than it needs to because we run out of hours in the day.

  3. I’d like to win a Rachio smart controller because it can connect to WiFi and I can use my cellphone to adjust the settings.

  4. I would love to have it because it works by zones, which is convenient for me since we have a South-facing lawn and North-facing lawn, and a side strip of lawn between them, which all have different needs for watering.

  5. I would love to win a Rachio Smart Controller for my home because my boyfriend really cares about our lawn and this would make our lives way better and more convenient!

  6. I love that it can have 8 different zones set with various watering needs. Incredible for my uneven back yard!

  7. It would be great to be able to water some sections of the lawn more with the different watering schedules.

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

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

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

  11. I like that it tracks your watering history as I always forget when and for how long my husband or I set the sprinkler on. Also I am tired of getting either wet or the parked cars wet while trying to set the sprinkler at just the right spot and then with the right amount of water pressure.

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

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

  14. I like the wifi connectivity as I can change the schedules based on the water restrictions of the area even if I am away.

  15. I want to win a Rachio smart controller for my home to help us save water.

    One thing I’ve learned about the Rachio Smart Sprinkler controller is that it checks the weather forecast in our area before watering our plants. How cool is that?! And the ability to have different watering schedules is awesome.

  16. I would like to win because I need to sell my home as soon as possible an any improvement added is going to help, Plus I am a good generous person. I learned I can purchase this sprinkler up do improvement at Best Buy to my system. Thank you.

  17. I like the WiFi connectivity as I can change the schedules based on the water restrictions of the area even if I am away.

  18. Rachio smart controller would allow me to customize the amount of watering each section receives thereby maximizing water usage

  19. I love the idea of being more efficient (time) and energy (conservation) with this sprinkler. It was a great device

  20. The Rachio Smart Controller would be a great win! I like that you can set individual water schedules for up to 8 different zones!

  21. I would love the Rachio smart controller to setup to water potted plants as they get killed by the heat way faster than my lawn, and it would be great to time it to the amount of sun they get.

  22. I would want to win a Rachio Smart Controller because you can set individual water schedules for up to 8 different zones. This would be ideal for my lawn. Some sections need more water than others.

  23. My lawns (front and back) have sections that receive a wide variety of sun – the Rachio smart controller would allow me to customize the amount of watering each section receives thereby maximizing water usuage

  24. I like the wifi connectivity as I can change the schedules based on the water restrictions of the area even if I am away.

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

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