Dry Creek Beds

What Is a Dry Creek Bed?

A dry creek bed is created by scalping a gully or channel, which is lined with landscape fabric with stones and sometimes edged with plants to mimic a natural riparian area. A dry creek stream bed is implemented to control storm water runoff and prevent erosion. Depending on the application, the stone selection could range from beautiful river jacks with accent landscape boulders to large rip rap.

Check out these dry creek bed design ideas from Houzz.

The Building Process

Dry Creek Bed

The wall will need to be built on a solid base. It will be placed beneath the ground to an extent, and the taller the wall is going to be, the further below the ground it will need to be set. It is vital that you have adequate support for the weight of the wall so that it doesn't sink or fall apart.

The wall will need to be properly backfilled. This refers to the dirt which is placed behind the wall. To prevent erosion and provide proper drainage, around 12 inches of granular backfill will need to be added.

Most of these walls are impervious, meaning that water will not be able to pass through them. When you don't take care of drainage issues here, hydrostatic pressure may build up, and this could eventually cause the wall to become bowed or severely damaged in certain areas. To avoid this problem, weep holes may be needed, and proper backfill will need to be in place.

Contact Us

If you're interested in working with our team to build a dry creek bed around your home or business, please give us a call at 770-889-4968 or complete our online contact form to set up an appointment to talk with a member of our team.