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Question DetailsAsked on 2/19/2020

Best way to convert small swale to French drain, not near house, level, leads to slope.

We have a small swale on a level area that leads to the sloping front and back yards. There's a small rise on each end of the level area so it holds water-it's always wet/damp. I am replacing all the grass in this area with paving stones. I want to replace the swale with a French drain before laying the pavers. I was thinking of a sort-of dry well on either end, perhaps a fabric-lined gravel-filled area where the slope starts. Cover with fabric then mulch. This is to prevent washout of the existing mulch in heavy rains which would probably happen if I just corrected the swale.
Does this approach make sense?

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