Integrating natural components into an outdoor space where children can play, relax and get in touch with their surroundings can be a simple or elaborate landscaping proposition depending on your property. One example is creating a creek bed with river stones that can channel water through your yard while also serving as an idyllic zone for reflection and self-discovery.
Explore this city of trees with a walk or bike ride through Alpharetta's Big Creek Greenway. Tote along a gourmet picnic lunch from Wildflour Cafe and gem-like pastries from Collet French Pastry Cafe or rent an electric bike from Pedego Alpharetta, a great way to keep older and younger riders on an even keel. The beauty of an electric bike, beyond the thrill factor, is you can go further and last longer, tackle hills with ease and then reward yourself with a stop at a local brewery along the way.
Adding a dry creek bed to your property has many benefits. It helps channel water runoff away from your yard but, as this example shows, also creates a small natural habitat for microscopic plant life, insects and amphibians which children can observe and experience first hand. It also adds additional visual interest to your landscape.
The raised beds were used to solve drainage problems the lot had. Stone walls allowed for screen plantings along the fence and have room to plant seasonal color in front of them to add some appeal to them. A dry creek bed with oversized gravel meanders throughout the backyard to catch all water runoff from the patio and surrounding beds.
This property is situated alongside Colorado's Upper Bear Creek, so access to the water was an important part of the landscape design. Here, stone steps lead down from the patio and fireplace, right to the water's edge.
After the backyard makeover at Apryl Winston and Mike Crawford's California home, the space that used to be vast and empty is now perfect for both entertaining and relaxing thanks to licensed contractor Matt Blashaw. Mike's favorite part of the makeover was this waterfall with a fall pond and dry creek beds.