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    murky024
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    So I am looking for a best practice on how to manage zones that have multiple head types.

    One of my zones have a mixture of rotor and spray heads. Ideally I would like to be able to specify the count of each in the app, but given current functionality, what would the best practice be to manage this?

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    #3684
    Ryan
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    @murky024, just enter in which ever one you have more of into your smart details. It shouldn’t adjust your schedule too much as long as you have the correct number of total heads. You can always use the watering schedule adjustments to further edit if you feel the watering is off. I’ll be sure to send up your request though. Thank you for your feedback!

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    #3730
    brentp
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    Chiming in on the irrigation design side of the question.

    Standard spray heads and standard rotor heads are not normally combined in a single irrigation zone. They have vastly different precipitation rates, with the standard spray heads typically putting much more water down (3 – 4 X inches/hour rate) than standard rotors. Best way to think about it is that spray heads, even with a lower GPM rating, water their coverage area 100% of the time where a rotor head only hits a specific spot on its coverage area once per pass.

    Now, there are newer spray heads on the market designed to match or approach rotor precipitation rates. The MP Rotator from Hunter being one such head. With those, it is possible to mix or to add a spray head into a rotor zone to hit a dry spot. Those types of heads send out small streams of water versus a wide spray. They act like a rotor, even though they are a pop up spray. Hope this helps.

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    #3764
    Ryan
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    @murky024, Brentp is correct about not mixing sprinkler types in a single zone. We recommend not combining them. Since you are using a mixture of both choosing one verses the other in your smart details will not drastically affect the schedule created from the smart watering algorithm.

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