Creek Landscaping

There are so many ways you can do creek landscaping to update the look to the entrance, backyard, or garden area of your home.  Addition Doctors has had some experience dealing with various landscaping ideas.  The website houzz.com has some great ideas for landscaping.  The most difficult part is finding the right person/people to put everything together.  We have given advise to certain ones about how we set up our own creek landscaping.  Here are some Ideas on how to get started with your dry creek bed.

First try to imagine which way you want the creek to follow down the slope of your hill.. Mark the 2 edges of that course with spray paint. It looks a lot better when you let your course zig-zag back and forth rather than just straight down. You should make sure you have enough slope to make sure water drains properly instead of just pooling up in certain places.  Generally you want 1-2 inches of slope per 10-15 ft.  Always add a few water-falls along the way.

Disguise your creek by hiding it behind boulders or landscaping  and make it wind under a bridge.  When the source of a stream is mysterious, viewers have to use their imagination. And what we construct with our hands is rarely as pleasing as what we construct with our minds
Where and how should I make my creek landscaping end?  Direct your creek towards a pond or let it drain out into a street for the best results!

So much for the course. What about its depth and width? These dimensions don’t have to conform to any rule exactly. Look at dry creek beds in nature: they’re obviously not all of the same depth and width. But there’s a general rule you can follow: dry creek beds tend to be wider than they are deep, which is good news for you.

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As your moving along with your project make sure the dirt you are excavating is mounded up in a pile so you can use it later when you need it to fill in around rocks or you need it for planting trees, flowers, or ground cover.  You will need to trench your creek in a way so that you can lay out a rubber or plastic seal so water doesn’t drain out of  your creek and so weeds don’t try to penetrate up throughout your landscaping.

Use mortar to firmly set rocks in place.  It is also important to have a layer of crushed rock underneath your rubber or plastic ground cover so that when the frost comes, it won’t disrupt your mortar very much!   Moving along slowly is better as long as your mortar doesn’t dry up on your too quickly.  When placing rocks, place some vertically along your creek to direct the water down the slope along your path.

After you build dry creek beds, you can dress them up a bit. Plants will soften the edges, for instance. If you’re more ambitious, you can install a landscape bridge over the feature and plant tall ornamental grasses to serve as “bookends” at both entrances to the landscape bridge. Adorn the landscape bridge with hanging container gardens to create a knockout focal point for your yard.

Good luck with your project ahead and give Addition Doctors a call is you would like something like this installed in your front yard, back yard, or landscaping area!

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