Award-winning landscape designer, Jan Johnsen, explains what a dry stream is, why it’s a good addition to the garden, and how to build one.

A Beautiful Way to Catch Runoff: How to Build a Dry Stream

Award-winning landscape designer, Jan Johnsen, explains what a dry stream is, why it’s a good addition to the garden, and how to build one.

STEP 3  Cover the bottom and the sloping sides of the stream bed with 1/2 inch of crushed pea gravel. The sharp edges of the gravel will keep it from migrating when it rains or when someone walks on it

How to Create a Dry Creek

STEP 3 Cover the bottom and the sloping sides of the stream bed with 1/2 inch of crushed pea gravel. The sharp edges of the gravel will keep it from migrating when it rains or when someone walks on it

This dry stream bed looks so natural, you'd think it had always been part of the landscape. But it can be created by nearly any DIY-savvy homeowner. Here's how.

How to Create a Dry Creek

This dry stream bed looks so natural, you'd think it had always been part of the landscape. But it can be created by nearly any DIY-savvy homeowner. Here's how.

DIY Dry Creek Beds • Wonderful Ideas and Tutorials! Including, from 'serenity in the garden', this awesome dry stream bed idea.

DIY Dry Creek Beds

DIY Dry Creek Beds • Wonderful Ideas and Tutorials! Including, from 'serenity in the garden', this awesome dry stream bed idea.

This was dug below grade, simulating the way water carves rocky terrain. I like the way plants grow in and along the bed, too. The designer is Bill Schnetz of Schnetz Landscape in Escondido.

This was dug below grade, simulating the way water carves rocky terrain. I like the way plants grow in and along the bed, too. The designer is Bill Schnetz of Schnetz Landscape in Escondido.

Dry stream beds are a practical solution to drainage problems. In winter, this meandering, rock-lined channel handles and directs water flow while preventing erosion. When dry in summer it serves as a handsome garden feature.

Dry stream beds are a practical solution to drainage problems. In winter, this meandering, rock-lined channel handles and directs water flow while preventing erosion. When dry in summer it serves as a handsome garden feature.

Dried stream bed. This might be a great way to finish off that back area by the golf course!!  YES!

DIY Dried up Stream Beds 6

Dried stream bed. This might be a great way to finish off that back area by the golf course!! YES!

DIY Dry Creek Beds • Wonderful Ideas and Tutorials! Including, from 'fine gardening', a nice tutorial on making a dry stream bed.

DIY Dry Creek Beds

DIY Dry Creek Beds • Wonderful Ideas and Tutorials! Including, from 'fine gardening', a nice tutorial on making a dry stream bed.

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