Who is responsible for the swale?
Who is responsible for this maintenance? As the property owner, you are responsible for all maintenance of your swale. An unmaintained swale may: Stop filtering the rainwater and allow trash and pollutants to enter into our local streams.
How wide should a drainage swale be?
There are no hard rules about the size of a swale, but the bigger it is the more water it can absorb during a rainstorm. Six- to 12-inches deep and 3- to 4-feet wide are typical dimensions.
What is concrete swale?
Concrete Flowline (CCFL) A swale is a depression created in the ground that carries water runoff by gravity away from damaging your home or property. Flowlines, a.k.a. “swales”, collect that “rushing water” and helps to control that water drainage by directing it to catch basins, drain boxes, and curb drains.
How do you landscape a swale?
As long as you do not impede the flow of water, you can line your swale with gravel and place stepping stones along the base to create a walkway. Alternatively, in a shallow swale, you can install a durable, attractive, paving stone walkway.
What is the difference between a ditch and a swale?
A swale is like a ditch but it’s broad and shallow, and usually covered or lined with turfgrass or other vegetation. The purpose is to slow and control the flow of water to prevent flooding, puddling, and erosion and/or avoid overwhelming the storm drain system.
What can I plant on swale?
Swales should be mulched with “chunky” wood chip mulch, such as pine bark. It is recommended shrubs be planted as tubestock, or maximum 150mm pots. Trees should be planted as 11 litre trees, or maximum of 30 litre.
Can you build on a swale?
If your swale is running laterally along the slope, pile up the excavated soil on the downhill side of the ditch, creating a gentle dam that will keep water from flowing past the ditch when it fills with water. You can now move directly to laying new sod or decorative stone over the berm and ditch.
What is a swale in a yard?
Swales are broad, shallow ditches people use to help drain their yards of excess water. This way they can make the most of their outdoor area without having to wear boots or galoshes.
How do you maintain a swale?
- SUGGESTED MAINTENANCE ACTIONS.
- • Inspect your swale during and after storms to make sure that rainwa- ter has drained and there is no erosion. •
- • Mow grass no shorter than 3 to 6 inches. Remove and compost all grass clippings.
- AS NEEDED.
- • Reseed bare areas to avoid erosion.
- DO NOT:
How much does it cost to build a swale?
Swales are simple to construct and normally cost around $0.50 per foot to install. Be sure to adhere to the following rules if you install a swale: Keep your swale 10 feet away from any buildings.
How do you size a swale?
When constructing a swale with known side slopes, the width of the swale can be defined in terms of the depth. For example, 3:1 side slopes on a swale indicates that for every 1 foot of depth, each side slope will be 3 feet wide, for a total swale width of 6 feet.
How long does EZ drain last?
EZ-Drain offers a 100+ year material lifespan.
What is the best stone for a French drain?
The stone should be no less than ¾” and dense (we suggest Granite, or River Gravel) so it will allow good water flow. Lime Rock, although inexpensive, is a poor choice for a French Drain because it will begin to deteriorate over time and eventually begin to pack down and restrict flow.
Is it OK to bury corrugated pipe?
A corrugated drainage pipe is also known as a French drain. It is important to properly bury a corrugated drain pipe so that water does not make its way back to the surface and cause problems such as erosion and standing water.
How deep should I bury drainage pipe?
I usually dig a trench about 12 to 14 inches deep for downspout drain lines. If the lot is fairly flat, the pipes will get deeper the farther they extend, as you should create 1/8 inch of fall for every foot the pipes run.