Suggestions for Drainage Ditch Design
I live on a 1 acre corner lot and have two very long (150 feet and 200 feet) ditches (12 feet wide) on each side of me that meet at the corner and go into a drainage basin. The majority of homeowners put some sort of rock down in the ditch with no plants at all. I'd like to follow suit with 2-4" cobbles, yet before I do so, I'm wondering about the need for weed prevention. My neighbor has a weed fabric in his ditch and the weeds are growing like crazy through it. I talked to another neighbor that used road base and compacted in down prior to adding his cobbles, and he has very little weeds. I would like to avoid spending money on something that will not work, yet I do want to keep the ditch looking good. I have been weeding the area about once every 2-3 weeks since I moved in a year ago. Since the water from the two ditches go into the basin, I want to avoid chemicals. Thank you for any suggestions.