How would you proceed with these swales?

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  1. Brero

    Brero New Member

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    I've recently put these swales in at my place. I cant settle on what to do with them from here. I'm interested how other memembers would proceed?

    The details:
    • Swales are roughly 7.5m long x 4.
    • Wanting to plant deciduous fruit trees on and around the swales.
    • Asthetics are important because the trees will be the view from my deck.
    • Soil isnt great. Rocky clay. Not much topsoil.
    • Excess stormwater will run into the top swale.
    • Considering installing drippers untill trees established.
    • Money is a limiting factor.
    I had planned on seeding the whole area with white clover, planting coastal wattle and tagasaste but now wondering if I should try and find the recources for sheet mulching.

    Any thoughts or pointers would be much apreciated.

    Cheers,

    Brero
     
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    to me those are raised garden beds unless you have happened to somehow get your site to grade in such a way that those tiny spots happen to be the spots where water would end up.

    how long have you been there?

    have you got a whole terrain layout which would show where those fit into it?

    otherwise you'd want to do that (get an A frame or some other way to map your whole site to find the contours if you don't already know them).
     

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