Dry Creek Bed

If you have poor lawn grading at your North Metro Atlanta home, then this may be the perfect drainage solution for you. Sloped hills on your property can cause moisture to roll down them and build-up next to your foundation walls, or accumulate in low-lying areas of the lawn. Additionally, all of this moisture can lead to serious erosion problems or cause damage to your existing landscaping. A dry creek bed can help to improve landscape drainage, and when properly designed, installed, and maintained, they can certainly add a lot of natural appeal and charm to your home.

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The Building Process

The first part of the process is to determine where the bed needs to be placed. Our experts at Synergy Landscape Group will be able to evaluate the drainage situation on your property and determine where the best and most beneficial spot will be. This is where an optimal and natural drainage path will be.

After the location is selected, we will dig out the path that you want the creek bed to take. In some situations, this may be easy as erosion may have already carved out a path in your lawn. It should be from one to two feet deep and have a slope of around 30 degrees. This slope is crucial as it will give the water a proper channel to flow through when it is needed, and also create a "natural" look for the stone. Curves and bends will also be added where necessary.

Once the trench has been dug out, landscaping cloth will be added along the path. This will prevent grass and weeds from growing between the rocks. Finally, the landscaping rocks will be put in place. We will be sure to use heavy rocks, such as river or lava rocks. Lighter varieties would eventually be swept away by the water.

Once everything is in place, we will test the landscaped area using water from a hose to be sure everything is flowing as it should.