Building a dry stream bed
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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