What is a bioswale? This information sheet tells you the what, how, why, and where of bioswales. The information is clear, consistent, clearly laid out, and detailed. Our professional design team created this document after dozens of people asked us over and over about swales. Simply put, a swale is a shallow linear depression. A bioswale has plants in it.
But people wanted to know what they are supposed to look like, how they could build them, and where they should go. How deep is a swale supposed to be, how wide, what shape, and how exactly do the plants go into it?
The thing about a swale is that if you don’t do it right, it can’t do the job it’s intended to do. That job is vital in areas with little or a lot of rain. Swales are excellent at rehydrating parched soil, saving water from the gutter, and filtering storm water and runoff before it enters streams and rivers. Plants do far better in and near swales than those without swales around.
This detail-packed information sheet will show you exactly what to do to get the amazing benefits of doing swales correctly.