On Contour Swale Question...

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  1. Pakanohida

    Pakanohida Junior Member

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    I ran into a tree in the middle of the swale I do not wish to move, and can handle the additional moisture. Question is do I stop the swale and continue on the flip side, or do I make it into an isle, or ???

    Thanks in advance for and recommendations & speculations. :bow::y:
     
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    In the soils section of the PDC course, Mollison advises that you swale around the obstacle on the uphill side if possible.

    If it's really tight or you're worried about the roots, you could always terminate the swale, bury a drainage pipe that runs around the tree, and connect it to a swale on the other side at a slightly lower contour.
     
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    Termination of the swale, and continuation on the flip side seems best. thanks! :)
     
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    I think I would be inclined to terminate and start again as other options seem complicated and we aviod that if possible. If the purpose of the swale is in part to move water in the landscape then this may change things and a level sill to a lower swale may well fit the situation
     
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    I actually like your "isle" idea Pak. How steep is the hill your swale is on? Got pics of the tree/swale conundrum? (I like pics)
     
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    I'll see what I can do Gandalf. ;) Umbrella Corporation is in town today for a special event... ..for this year, and next Halloween.
     

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