I'm building a swale to plant a food forest on. So far, I built the A frame level which is 6' wide from foot to foot and I've marked my contour line. I will extend that contour line much longer once I clear out some saplings and scrub, but I wanted to go ahead and get this part dug out and get some things planted. My question is, as you hopefully can see in the pictures, my line meanders along fairly gently until right at the end where it deviates pretty sharply in two places. Reason that is, is there are two cuts right there where you can tell that's where the runoff established itself. When I dig this thing out, should I just continue the swale as normal even though it's a pretty sharp jog right there, should I just bring the swale across that dip more gently and fill those ruts in at some point, should I position some type of water diversion a few yards above those such as a hugel bed or what? I was thinking that could also be where I left an overflow area and put some rock right there after digging the swale out which would allow more water into my next swale. Or maybe dig everything, wait until my first rainfall to see what happens and adjust from there. If my A frame level were wider, I don't guess the deviation in the line would have been so sharp, but I built it out of the scrap wood I had. That line is currently 66' long (well not "as the crow flies", but 12 flags with 6' between each one) and I want to extend it to at least 100' as I will plant a pecan tree at the north end of the line. I will then dig additional swales at roughly 30' intervals planting mostly smaller trees in between and then in the 4th swale which will be approximately 100' away, plant another pecan tree at the north end of that one so they won't dominate each other with shade as they grow and carry the swales on down the hill as I clear out land for my orchard / food forest. My soil was in fairly decent shape (much better than I was anticipating) according to the soil test I got back from the local university, but that area of my property has been pretty severely eroded over the years and I hope to repair that over time with swales and plantings.