Do you know what a swale is?
If not, look at these pictures. Many nice swales illustrated there.
But if you aren't familiar with swales, you really shouldn't pretend that you are.
What a revelation, when I first realized that people can spout a total line of bull while sounding convincingly authoritative! I had blithely assumed that all the assertive people I encountered were, if not always tactful, at least sincere.
I'd finally reached a point in my college career - after changing majors, dropping out, getting married, starting back to school, changing schools, getting divorced, and changing schools again - where I knew a few things. Not a lot. But a few things.
An older student was was speaking aloud in class, when it suddenly dawned on me that I knew more than he did about the subject at hand. He was wrong. But he sure sounded like he knew what he was talking about.
The proverbial scales fell from my eyes. People who speak in a confident tone don't always know what they're talking about!
Mom's yard has always had drainage issues. Over the years, various fixes have resulted in only partial relief.
In years past, Mom would probably have built her own swale. You may remember how resourceful and independent she is. But she's had some health problems lately, so Mom asked her yard man if he could build her a swale.
"Yep sure no problem," the yard man assured her.
I think he's got his swales mixed up with his trenches.
But he sure sounded like he knew what he was talking about.