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Swales in a wet climate

 
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Swales can be a lot of work or expensive to excavate if you don't have your own machine. I have a wet lot and get plenty of rain. Is there a good reason to put swales in or do I just dig small irrigation trenches to redirect the water flow?
 
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If your site is wet I'd imagine that raised beds would help to control the moisture for your plantings. If you're digging swales you'll have to put that dirt somewhere, so I think with each swale you should have a companion raised bed.

Then every shovel full of dirt helps build 2 things for you at once.

More generally though, if it's too wet I'd imagine redirecting water with your swales is a great idea, just gotta ask yourself where do you want the water to go? I work in land development design and one of the rules we use is to not increase or decrease the amount of water leaving your property and entering another.
 
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