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Gday im doing a design for someone, dont have heaps of experience with swales, just wondering if I can build a swale through the path of where a gum tree is to be chopped down, also does stump grinding remove the entire root mass of a gum tree to make this possible to work. Most of the gum trees in query are 30-40cm thick and about 10-15metres tall.
Am concerned about leakage of swales from remnant gum roots. Soil is hard clay pan soil of victoria
Any feedback much appreciated.
 
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http://www.oasisdesign.net/index.htm

http://www.harvestingrainwater.com/

Try reading from the two sites above. Both have sections about swales and berms. Good luck.
 
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I'm in central Victoria, black claypan country. You'll be fine, but keep your swales filled over spring and summerto reduce cracking. Or, push seeds into the cracks like I have.
 
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i think you want the swale to leak into the clay layer
i like to pollard the gums to give the other things a go
 
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Hey thanks for your help, sorry for such a late reply to this. Never checked again. cheers dudes.
 
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