I maintained the grade of the roadside swale and added landscaping to solve problems: flooding of the intersection, unauthorized “off-roading” across my front yard, and unauthorized cement laying in my corner. An additional benefit has been free irrigation water in an area where water is very expensive.
The bioswale performed well during the last storm. All those hours of slugging wet soil with my wheel barrow are paying off. I am now enjoying benefits of free irrigation water in my front yard. Gone are the tire tracks across my front yard and accompanying property damage. In their place are flowers that put smiles on faces.
Tehachepi Rose, Rosa woodsii Lindley 1820 ssp. gratissima (Rosa gratissima Greene 1891) W.H. Lewis & Ertter 2008, Blooming in Swale After April Storm, 2016.
With each storm, a larger area of soil becomes workable with a shovel and rock bar.
The system of swales and retention basins are now reaching my back yard to water my walnut tree.