I am completely disappointed with the Spruce Irrigation system and after two weeks I would have to give this system a negative review and recommend that people not purchase this system at this time. I will most likely rip this system out and put my old timer based system back in. I am a ST enthusiast and have so much of my house automated so this is completely frustrating that I would spend nearly $400 and the system is killing my grass.
Background: Set up was easy enough and I was excited to have my irrigation system automated. I installed the sensors - then moved the sensors and then moved them again as they continued to communicate inconsistently with the spruce controller. Ok - I finally placed two of the troublesome sensors line-of-site with my garage where the controller is and things seemed to communicate ok for a few days. After 5 days updates stopped on one of the sensors but it took the controller 3 days to let me know it wasn’t getting any updates even though the message stated it’s been 12 hours since the last communication. Well, not that big of a deal I guess. I went out and moved the sensor – again.
I waited for the soil moisture to drop and see the “smarts” start - after a few days my front yard moisture dropped to 30% then 26% then 24% then 22% … still no automated watering and my grass is visibly dry so I had to start the watering process manually. Spruce support suggested I turn off the “learn” mode which I did. So much for the extra smart part but at least I’m getting accurate soil moisture feedback and my system will water as needed — except now I have another sensor that is not reporting back to the controller and I discovered this just by checking the status of the sensors myself. The logic that alerts you no sensor data is being gathered is broken.
Anyway- Learn mode if off and the system will just water as needed but now when the system trys to fire off its automated routine it just gets stuck in Pause Mode saying: Waiting for Spruce to complete before starting schedule. And there it sits for 8 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours – still no water – and I am still having to do everything manually. Two days now and I cant get past this Pause Mode. Im going on vacation in a week and this mess has me all worked up.
I do have a friend that installed his system 2 months ago and everything is working ok for him – we have gone over and over my configuration – theres nothing special on mine so I have once again email Spruce Irrigation but this system should not be this difficult to get to functioning correctly.
I hope this feedback can be helpful for anyone who is considering purchasing this system.