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