Is this drip irrigation working properly?
I just had a new sprinkler system installed recently, including drip irrigation throughout the flower beds.
When it ran for the first time, I could only see very small wet circles(about 5" diameter) around each emitter. When I asked the contractor about it, he said it was likely because it only ran 40 minutes, and he reccommended 1hr 15 in the Texas summer. However, after running for 1 hr 15 there was almost no difference. I even bumped it up to 2hrs 10 minutes and took the attached picture, which still shows wet spots not much bigger than the original 40 minute run time.
Is this how the system is supposed to work? I worry that all my bushes and flowers aren't getting watered fully.
Additionally, I plan to bury the lines and cover with new mulch. I assume that would help with the water distribution? Haven't taken any action yet because I want to make sure this is not a fundamental problem with the system first.
Any responses are appreciated!