Radhe Webster wrote: I was thinking about throwing more mulch into the swale to try get some additional bio breakdown to help disrupt the clay if that’s what is happening. Does that sound plausible or should I focus on trying to plant bulrush and other water loving plants into that swale.
wayne fajkus wrote:
Any chance that the swale was naturally gleyed (sealed) ? If i am correct with the process layers of algae, leaves, etc form a water tight barrier. If there's any possibility, maybe take a stick and punch a lot of holes in it.
Cristo Balete wrote:Radhe, why is it you want the swale to drain? I thought the reason for swales was to hold the water back, not let it go downhill off the property. What's your location? Are you in summer or winter now?
Chris Spewock wrote:This year was the rainiest year on record for Maryland (ie, wettest year since they started tracking rainfall, approximately 130 years ago). That could be your reason.