Last week, 2 inches of rain fell in a matter of 4 hours. The next day, it rained another inch or so. Ray went out to check our swales…
…and was amazed.
Every inch of both swales was holding water and the spillways were working as they should.
To provide a better frame of reference for the photos below, Ray walked the swale using an android app called Maverick.
There are a few areas we need to adjust. We need to dig out the spillway on the north side a bit more. It worked as it should have, but needs to be just a little deeper and wider.
This is the only place we had standing water outside the swale. Ray told me that the yard was a bit soggy, but we did not have a moat or any standing water in the yard.
When I walked through it yesterday morning, I could not wipe the smile off of my face. All of that water that the swales were holding, feeding all of the trees we planted, could have been in our yard…a moat around our house.
Instead, we put systems in to harvest and use the rainwater for our perennial plants and to minimize erosion as much as possible. We are doing our best to repair the landscape and soil. We are growing a food forest that our boys will benefit from in the future and that we will all enjoy in the present.
Walking in the swale
Memories joyfully made
Playing in the mud
What is the width and depth of that swale there is little there to show scale. I am guessing about 6-8 foot wide?
They are about 5′ wide and 18-24″ deep. We ended up with about 600′ of swale. We tried to get some “aerial shots” but it was hard to do with a 6′ ladder. 🙂
My boys (3 and 1) are running and throwing seed bombs in the swale in some pictures in this post…should give you an idea of scale.
Might have to send you some of these for the next milestone episode. 🙂
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Wow looks so awesome! I’ve been planning on hand digging a small swale at my new yard just to try it out, this really inspires me to do it and just to get it in while we have some rain here where we are.
Thank you! It really is an amazing sight.
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