Pros/Cons of drainage ditch options
I have a gutter spout that drains to the right of my drive way which is the side yard that also connect to my neighbors drive way. There is an almost 2 foot drop in slope from the spout to the back of the house. The erosion over the years is remarkable. The previous owners did nothing to aleviate the issue. So I've been doing alot of research and I've decide to either put int a 1 foot trench (acts like a swale) and fill with gravel and rock to help catch water so it can be absorbed, or I will put in a shallow rock garden/swale that will take over a larger area to help channel the water and help with absorption. The trench would be utilized as a path by adding pavers to the top to walk on and would be parallel to a planting bed next to the garage. The rock garden would simply be functional and hopefully someday the plantings will hide most of the rock.
Both options would be located at least 5 feet from the foundation.
Does anyone have any experience in this area that could give some pros and cons of each?