Aug 18, 2009

Swale set on small hill for fruiting shrubs

Using a laser level and tiller. a small swale set can be established in an
afternoon. Careful consideration must be made for the overflow to each swale
and the output if a large rain occurs. These swales will be planted with
Currants and Beach Plum Polycultures.

I use a tiller for many purposes that need soil break-up and a controlled depth.

A keyline from the barn catchment moves the water to the swales.



These swales are small and will fill fast, but catch a small area.


A round shovel is used to excavate the tilled swale onto berms for planting.



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