Netro Smart Watering -Water Infrequently, Longer for Better Lawn

Netro Support
Updated at 2018-09-12 07:54:55 UTC 


Frequent, shallow watering encourages a shallow root system. A shallow root system means a lawn is under drought stress when the top inch of soil dries out.

Conversely, deep, infrequent watering during hot, dry weather is important to maintain a healthy lawn. Deep watering encourages the turf to develop a deeper, more extensive root system. The denser root system will make your grass less susceptible to periods of drought. A more dynamic root system will also offer the fringe benefit of discouraging competition from weeds.

To determine how long you have to run your sprinkler or irrigation system, take a flat-bottomed container such as a coffee can and mark off half-inch increments. Place the can or cans where it will be hit by the water, and time how long it takes to gather a half-inch of water. Then run your sprinkler twice as long. You may need to apply water even slower to steep slopes to avoid wasting water to runoff.

Netro's motto when it comes to watering: slowly, deeply, infrequently. Netro's algorithm is based on expert gardening knowledge, one of which is to avoid watering equally everyday and instead to water less frequently but deeply. Netro waters your garden only when the soil is dry enough in order to draw more oxygen into the roots, leading to a lusher landscape. By default, we allow the moisture level to deplete to a lower level before next watering and that is why you might see longer watering duration than the original settings on your old controller.

Netro smart controller gives your lawn the right amount of water, assures that your garden is getting its required amount of water – no more, and no less.



Resources:

Water infrequently, longer for better lawn

http://www.post-gazette.com/life/garden/2009/09/19/Water-infrequently-longer-for-better-lawn/stories/200909190132

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Like the app update.

Dave Henderson
Updated at 2022-04-09 02:14:47 UTC 
Topic: General
Nice to see improvements with end user in mind. Love the simpler home screen. Found it totally easy to set program for new grass seed for remote site from my bed. I know I sound like an employee but I am really enjoying this app and product.
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Add the option of the timeframe to start in one day and end in another

alnavasa
Updated at 2020-05-08 20:36:44 UTC 

Add the option of the timeframe to start in one day and end in another:

Start ar 21:00 end at 3am

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Manual operation

Paola Pinnavaia
Updated at 2022-06-17 23:21:30 UTC 

I am reporting a problem that has been occurring for a few months. Manual operation fails from time to time for no reason. Before the new version of the app, this never happened.
It is a serious problem

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Rain presiction is wrong

Paul X
Updated at 2022-07-04 15:12:41 UTC 
Hi


I am in Poulades, Greece, and the current rain prediction is 67% when reality is there is not a cloud in the sky. BBC predicts rain at 1%. The system wants to water every 3 days which ties up with tje incorrect 67% prediction

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Android devices logout issue

Wency Pan
Updated at 2022-07-12 06:35:45 UTC 

Android devices logout issue

 

Recently some android devices (Samsung galaxy S20/21) has battery optimization feature which prevents the app running at back stage. So it will have logout issue.

 

If you smart phone do have this feature, please disable the battery optimization and deep sleep mode in the installation. Put unused apps to sleep.


Check this article for turning off battery optimization

https://nine-faq.9folders.com/articles/8698-how-to-turn-off-battery-optimization-on-the-samsung-galaxy-android-6-7-and-8-devices

https://www.samsung.com/us/support/answer/ANS00088422/


Check this article for turning off battery optimization for putting unused apps to sleep. 

https://dontkillmyapp.com/samsung

 

Then close all the apps and reboot your phone to see if it works. 

 

Thanks,

Netro Support



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Kickstart the Netro Zigbee Hub and Pixie-Z1

Netro Inc
Updated at 2022-09-13 06:23:11 UTC 
Topic: General

To the Netro community:


We are excited to introduce our new products, the Netro Zigbee Hub and the new smart timer Pixie-Z1. They combined deliver a different experience of smart watering system. 




The Netro Zigbee Hub hosts a long-range local Zigbee network that links all the end devices. It connects to your router (wireless or wired) to transfer data between the end devices and the Netro cloud service. The Hub will work with all our Zigbee products including the new timer Pixie-Z1(introduced below) and the new soil moisture sensor coming this year, as well as the new 4-Zone sprinkler controller and the new weather sensor coming next year.


The new host timer Pixie-Z1 is re-designed from the original Pixie timer in many ways:


1. Always online for instant quick runs. No more sleep mode

2. Powered by two AA alkaline batteries with approximately one year of battery life. Notifications on low battery

3. Supports Google Home and Google Assistant


The Netro Zigbee Hub and Pixie-Z1 are expected to ship in September. To join the Tester program please email to info@netrohome.com and we will send you a discount code in return for feedbacks.


Thanks, 

Netro Inc



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Tips for Watering New Garden Plants

Netro Support
Updated at 2018-06-04 12:37:29 UTC 

How you water your new plants can make all the difference. Deeper, less frequent watering will grow plants whose roots are deeper and healthier, so they are more resilient to drier conditions and stress. Water a plant immediately when you plant it. If watered properly the first growing season, your plants should be well established the following growing season. Their roots should be deep and tough enough to seek out water on their own. You will only have to water these established plants on hot, dry days or if they are showing signs of distress.

The following are general guidelines. How often and how long you water will depend on your soil and other factors.

1.Year One

When planting water plants as soon as you get them in the ground. Allow the water to soak in and drain, and water again, until the soil is thoroughly moistened.

2.For the first week or so after planting

Water just-planted plants frequently - daily or every other day - as the roots will not be able to access soil moisture from a very large area until they begin to grow.

3.After the first week or so

Unless the weather is extremely hot and dry, you may be able to decrease watering frequency, perhaps to two or three times per week, for the next month or so.

4.Years Two to Three

You should need to water deeply only once or twice per week in dry weather if you have selected the right plant for the right place, prepared the soil and planted correctly, and mulched your plants. Exactly how often and how long you water will depend on your soil and other conditions.

5.After Year Three

Properly planted and watered, plants should be fairly well established by now, and can thrive with less watering than you may expect.


Helpful Tips

• Know your soil type, as this greatly affects watering frequency and duration.

• Allow the top inch or two of soil to dry between waterings to encourage deep roots.

• Group plants with similar water needs together.

• Consider using soaker hoses, as you can get water where you need it and lose less to evaporation.

• Young trees will need deep regular watering during their growing periods. During periods of little or no rain, water deeply once a week until they become established. Water established trees during heat waves and drought conditions.

• Spot-water plants with different needs than the rest of the planting bed.

• Remember that shallow-rooted plants such as rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers and bedding plants may continue to need more frequent watering than most other plants.

• Mulch for moisture. Mulch reduces water loss and adds humus to your soil to retain more moisture.

• Check for soil moisture before

Before you water:

Generally, you want the soil to be dry an inch or two below the surface before you water, so probe with a spade or trowel to check.

At least one hour after you water (or longer with clay soil):

Probe into the soil again to see how deeply the water penetrated. Did it penetrate all the way to the root zone? If not, you may need to increase your watering time. But if the area looks well-saturated, you may want to cut back the next time.

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Ron

Ron Ferrars
Updated at 2022-05-30 14:12:27 UTC 
Change the minutes on smart schedule
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Service-outage Notice: Technical Problems with Google Home/Assistant and iOS Notifications

Netro Inc
Updated at 2021-10-07 05:53:59 UTC 

Dear Netro users,


We are experiencing technical issues with Google Home/Assistant and iOS notifications due to a recent server update. Currently these services are unavailable. All other features in the Netro app and website are working normally.


Our R&D team is working on the solutions with priority and hopefully they will back online in a few days. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Thanks,

Netro Inc

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Netro and Home Assistant

Jens Wymeersch
Updated at 2021-07-28 18:18:16 UTC 

Although that I'm still hoping Netro will start understanding their appliance/app is only a smart part of a smart home ecosystem and start integrating with Home Assistant. Even huge vendors like Tuya, have understood that this is essential for most Home Automation Enthusiast. 

For the time being, some folks have used the API to get some data to home assistant https://community.home-assistant.io/t/netro-integration/51012/13


I believe a lot of us are happy with the appliance, but aren't looking at it often enough. Result in my case at least that my whisperer was out for more than a month. This could have been avoided if we had an integration to Home Assistant who would have alerted me.

So please Netro, do the extra mile !

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Junk box pixie

Ray Williams
Updated at 2021-06-17 22:30:16 UTC 

Biggest pos cant turn on the timer just to water then goes to sleep cant even connect when away never been able use this junk box

So Dissatisfied

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Looking for Beta testers

Netro Inc
Updated at 2021-06-11 06:11:28 UTC 

Dear all Netro customers,


The long waited new version (3.0.0) of the Netro app is on the horizon. The major improvements of this version are


1. faster in loading data 


2. new manual run interface


3. new home view design


4. more languages supported


We sincerely invite you to join the Beta testing program. Please email to support@netrohome.com or leave a message below if you would like to try the new app. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated !


Thanks,

Netro App Team




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Maximum wire distance between controller and valves

Netro Inc
Updated at 2021-01-16 14:20:49 UTC 

Below is a chart indicating the maximum wire runs that can be used when installing AC solenoids and valves.


22 AWG: 600 feet 

20 AWG: 700 feet 

18 AWG : 850 feet 

16 AWG: 1300 feet 

14 AWG: 2000 feet

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Notifications

Addiel Isaac Moldes
Updated at 2020-07-19 11:43:54 UTC 
It would be great if you add an option for notifications once irrigation starts/finishes.Sometimes we need to start it manually and need to wait until one zone is completed to start the next one. A notification in the phone would avoid opening the application all the time to see if the current zone is completed. 
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Installed perfectly

Lakeside Gardens
Updated at 2020-07-12 14:57:53 UTC 
And we are off and running.   Whisper went in the ground and started reporting right away.  Would be nice to connect it to my Ambient weather station as well.   
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User Guide - Manual watering with your Pixie timer

Netro Inc
Updated at 2020-06-22 07:37:55 UTC 

The Pixie timer is designed for automatic watering. However, occasionally you may still need to turn on/off the water manually. Before explaining manual watering from the app, it would be helpful to understand how the Pixie communicates with the Netro cloud server.


By default, your Pixie turns on its WiFi module once every hour to sync up with the server. The sync-up usually takes less than one minute. For the next 59 minutes the timer will be sleeping and disconnected from the WiFi until the next sync. When the timer is sleeping, it is unaware of the schedule changes, including the manual watering.


Therefore, when you start a manual run, the timer is most likely in sleep mode. It will have to wait until the next sync-up to start the watering. The waiting time will be less than 60 minutes. Take the following screenshot for example:



The current time is 5:24AM and the next sync is scheduled at 6:17AM. Therefore the waiting time is going to be 53 minutes. After you press the Start button, you can go to the Schedule page and the manual run at  6:17AM will appear on your calendar.


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Netro is live on IFTTT

Netro Inc
Updated at 2020-06-07 09:01:11 UTC 



The Netro service is now live and available for all IFTTT users! Please download the IFTTT app on your phone or use the official IFTTT website to connect Netro with other smart devices or services. For more information, please visit the following webpage: https://ifttt.com/netro


In case you experience difficulties in using the Netro service on IFTTT, please write to support@netrohome.com or contact us in the Netro app.   


Thanks,  

Netro Inc






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Server upgrade scheduled on May 16th between 8:30PM and 9:00PM (Pacific Time)

Netro Inc
Updated at 2020-05-17 03:23:28 UTC 
Topic: General

To all Netro customers:


Due to rapid increase of active devices connected to the Netro cloud server, we are going to upgrade our server on May 16th Saturday night from 8:30PM to 9:00PM (Pacific Time). During that time frame, all cloud service will be temporarily unavailable but your watering schedules will run normally. If you have a smart watering controller, the light on the unit will blink fast.


Thanks,

Netro Inc


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Netro Plugin for Jeedom

Christophe Benoit
Updated at 2022-11-30 22:07:13 UTC 

Hello guys,


Thanks to Netro public API, I have developed a plugin for Jeedom which allows us to take control of our great netro devices within this famous home automation system. if you are interested, don't hesitate to take advantage of it, it's free of charge !

Please find the documentation right here for further details : https://kcofoni.github.io/jeedom-docs/plugin-netroarrosage/docs/en_US/

kcofoni


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