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Building a dry stream bed

In addition to looking attractive, a dry stream bed is also quite practical

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A dry stream bed is basically a stone-lined channel or gully that mimics a natural watercourse. It can help to reduce topsoil erosion, correct drainage problems, direct storm runoff from heavy rains, and minimize water use by replacing thirsty plants with rocks. When adding a dry stream bed into your landscaping, place the smaller stones in the center and the larger ones on the sides. This will give you the most visual impact while creating a natural appearance. You may also want to partially bury some of the rocks to enhance the effect.

Radio Interview Source: Marlen Kemmet, editor, Wood magazine

For additional information about building a dry stream bed, we recommend the following resources:

How to Create a Dry Creek: Instructions for adding a dry stream bed to your property.

Dry Stream Beds: An overview of the benefits of a dry stream bed.

Incorporate a Dry Stream Bed into Your Landscape: How to decide if a dry stream bed will work well for your landscaping needs.

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