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.
“So, it’s basically a super fancy storm drain?” Mike thinks to himself.
You can word it that way if you want, but swales do more than drain water- they can provide a great look for any yard.
Line them with rocks and boulders and add plants on the sides to make it look more like a dry stream bed. Iris and pickerel rush are two particularly good aquatic plants for wet swales. Planting around the edges also helps soften the appearance and can help it blend into the surrounding landscape.
You can also incorporate swales into water features as an overflow area.
Add in some lights so you can see it at night and you have a beautiful addition even at night!
Mike’s liking this idea of using a swale for draining. He’s even thinking of doing it himself so he looks up the steps for how to make a swale for draining a yard.