Dry creek beds are all the rage here in Central Florida. And why not, they add amazing curb appeal, look natural and create a relaxing environment. They are also a great solution to a drainage, slope, or erosion problem you may have on your property.
Constructing a dry creek is easier than you think
First, map out the course of the dry creek. For a natural look use soft curves and organic shifts. Mark the boundary with landscape or spray paint.
Where should you begin the dry creek? Typically where a drainage pipe releases water, high up on a slope, behind plant material or a large boulder. This way the source may have a mysterious feel. Have it curve down into a landscape drainage system or a pond.
When it comes to the dimensions of a dry creek bed, the width and depth, they tend to be wider than they are deep. It will also make digging it out a little easier. Mounding the excess soil on the side of the creek can create a natural look, and reduce how much digging you will have to do. Tap down the soil, creating a flat surface on the bottom and angled sides.
Next comes the landscape fabric. Lay it down the entire length and up the sides of the dry creek. You may need to use Garden or landscape pins to hold the fabric in place.
Then the fun part, add the rocks. Rounded rock, such as river rocks or pea gravel, usually look more natural. Smaller rocks should go in the middle while larger (if you are using them) should go on the side. This will help channel any water.
The big question, where do I get these rocks? Well, you could go to a big box store and lug all those bags into your car and then into your yard, or you could have quality rocks delivered to your home, at a fraction of the cost.
The professionals at Reliable Peat can help determine how much rock you will need. We have a wide selection at an affordable price.