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.
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.
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.
A sloping yard usually means drainage issues and you can see the evidence here with a dry creek that is positioned too close to the house. The entire side yard will soon be reconfigured into a multi-tiered space with a lawn (upper level), a central courtyard and fountain and a woodlands area in the lower section.
A desolate looking side yard with a sloping dry creek bed has been converted into a stunning fusion of landscaping and hardscaping in this design with juxtaposes the colors of nature against the earth tones of brick and bluestone.