Dry creek bed

It’s rained a lot this year, and we’ve had some unwanted water from an adjacent property.


When the water first became a problem several years ago, we built a very small berm with plants and bushes that could tolerate wet feet periodically and mulched the area. Until just recently, it has served us well.

The past couple of weeks, however, we’ve had several rains that caused flooding that pushed the mulch where it didn’t belong including out into the yard onto the grass.

After cleaning up the mulch several times, I decided maybe a dry creek bed was something I needed to consider for the area. I checked the path the water took, moved the mulch aside and redistributed it. (A Yankee gardener never wastes good mulch. :-))

In the past, I’d already made two dry creek beds for water runoff at other points on the property and enjoyed the puzzle part of the creation.

A dry creek bed needs a base fabric, border rocks, and small rocks to allow the water flow. So, we were off to pick up various sized rocks from around the property to use as the border and filled in the center with eight bags of pond rock which cost $4 each at a local box store.

For $32 and a couple of hours of work, we hopefully have a path for the water to travel, and I find it attractive as well.

PicMonkey Collage

Have you dealt with unwanted water or built a dry creek bed? Have a good week.

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9 Responses to Dry creek bed

  1. Joyce says:

    This is a perfect example of why I thought of you and your grandchildren yesterday while reading the local newspaper. A woman stated that most of the students in her honors classes are farm kids because they know how to solve problems. Your solution is thrifty, ingenious, and beautiful. Your grandchildren are aware of it and, I’m sure, “filing it away” for future reference!


    • Interesting observation. I guess farm kids would be involved in a lot of problem solving because you have to be creative, recycle, reuse, and repurpose all the time because it seems like a challenge of some sort is popping up every day. You would have enjoyed watching them try to build a zip line this summer. They had the logistics right but, of course, we didn’t have anything strong enough to hold their weight. But, they tried. 🙂


  2. My husband deals with drainage problems on a large scale, waterways, etc. I enjoy seeing someone use the same knowledge in a smaller area. Nice work.


  3. looks very nice Judy


  4. pbmgarden says:

    Great solution Judy. I love the design. Nice that you can collect up rocks for the border from around your property.


  5. Judy, I have dealt with this problem more than I care to remember..sigh. Love your design.


  6. It looks great; and might also double as a “weeding path”


  7. Grandma Kc says:

    I just love what you did — you found such a beautiful way to deal with the problem.


  8. JSD says:

    What a great transition! I love it.


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