Erosion Problem...Help needed
I have an erosion problem in my back yard. I am looking for ideas to either resolve the problem entirely, or design around it. Some non-experts (i.e. parents) have suggested I create some sort of dry creek bed to give the water someplace to go. I'd prefer not to cut my yard in half, since the trench is in the middle of the yard, but I'll happily take any solutions to the problem!
Here is a pic from a distance, looking out my back door. The trench starts before the trees, about where the grass changes color:
This one is of the problem area:
These three shots are close-up pics of the erosion. I transplanted some grass there when I created a flower bed, but much of it has washed out.
This is a shot from the back of the yard. You can see the slope pretty well here.
This one is of the drainage ditch on the property line. I think the water is suppose to drain here (but it doesn't!). As a side note, I'd like to know how to make it visually appealing, also, but that's another subject!
The trench basically runs parallel across the yard. It turns a couple of times and splits once or twice, and isn't as deep as the yard flattens. However, when I measured it, it was a good 120 feet long.
Any suggestions? Thanks for any help!
Here is a link that might be useful: Photo link