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What is a swale in a yard?
Last Updated: 9th April, 2020
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Similarly, it is asked, what is the purpose of a swale?
A swale is a shady spot, or a sunken ormarshyplace. In particular, in US usage, it is a shallow channelwithgently sloping sides. Such a swale may be either naturalorman-made. Artificial swales are often infiltrationbasins,designed to manage water runoff, filter pollutants, andincreaserainwater infiltration.
One may also ask, what is the difference between a swale and a ditch? Trench Drain Vs. Swale. Like a trench drain,aswale is a surface water drainage device. However, it'salot more subtle in terms of its appearance inthelandscape. A swale is like a ditch but it'sbroad andshallow, and usually covered or lined with turfgrass orothervegetation.
Regarding this, what is a swale in landscaping?
Swales can be part of an area'snaturallandscaping, or they can be created to help ensureproperdrainage, minimize runoff or capture storm water. In simpleterms,they are generally shallow ditches that have gentlyslopingsides.
How do you divert water runoff?
- BUILD A BERM, a small hill covered with grass or otherplantsthat will divert runoff around what you want to protect.
- ROUTE THE WATER INTO A DRY WELL.
- GRADE BROAD SURFACES to direct runoff away from houses,sheds,barns, and patios.
- INTERCEPT THE WATER by using a swale, a shallow ditchwithgently sloping sides.