Anyone considering landscaping a yard should consider a dry creek bed.
The pros at All Seasons Outdoor Solutions can talk you through the entire process of installing a dry creek bed. Read on and then give us a call for more information about this landscape design feature and drainage solutions. And check out our dry creek bed photo album to help you get a “picture” in your mind of what this fabulous landscaping technique looks like.
What is a dry creek bed and why should you consider creating one in your yard? A dry creek bed, also known as a dry stream bed, is a gully or trench, usually lined with stones and edged with plants to mimic a natural riparian area. You may decide to implement dry stream beds for drainage, thus preventing erosion by reducing runoff. On the other hand, you may simply like the way it looks!
Let’s look at the benefits of a dry creek bed.
There are several prominent benefits to having a dry creek bed:
- Excellent feature for drainage problems, especially is installed on a hillside or downslope
- Lovely feature for ambiance. They are an attractive, natural landscaping feature
- Minimize washing and erosion on slopes
- Help stabilize soil
How you would use it to solve a problem
As noted above, if you have landscape drainage problems in your yard, a dry creek bed is a solution which not only looks natural, but also provides a “natural” solution commonly found in wild, unsettled areas of nature.
If you are trying to attain a “natural” look to your yard, a dry creek bed will answer that need/desire.
Any hillside with unstable soil will benefit from a dry creek bed. The gravel/rocks give natural support to loose soil.
Why you might need it
Why would you NEED a dry creek bed? The two most obvious reasons are poor drainage and unstable soil conditions. A dry creek bed mimics nature, doing the same things that rocks and gravel do in a natural setting.
And if you are trying to attain a natural appearance in your yard, there is no better landscaping design than a dry creek bed. Curving a dry creek bed throughout your yard gives the appearance of an actual creek bed in the forest or the desert. While most dry creeks look the same, you can always add a unique touch. For example, the type of stones you use, their appearance, size, and texture; all of these impact the appeal of the “creek.”
Many people will add an extra dimension to the creeks whether they are built for aesthetics or functional purposes. One easy way to do so is to plant the creek, actually planting plants within the creek, or lining the creek with plants to simulate nature.
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