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Can anyone help me with constructing swales. I have read that swales shouldn't be constructed on steep land. I am planning to build some swales on a rural property where the land is fairly steep. Thanks.
15-07-2003, 02:49 AM
Greg, where are you, what is your rainfall pattern, soil type(s) and how steep is steep?
16-07-2003, 02:40 AM
these are my opinions, others may disagree
i build swales to affect water flow. if this is my true goal, i ask myself the question, can i accomplish my goal with less effort and resources.
what do you want these swales to accomplish for you?
if it is water collection you might be better served walking your land with a flashlight during a rain storm. where is the water going and how is it getting there? if water is flowing over your land, than it can be controlled by focusing your efforts at a point where it collects rather than building a broad system over all of your land.
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