Dry creek beds are a beautiful landscape design element that can be functional as well. Especially in the Colorado Springs area. Dry creeks are to control drainage, direct heavy rainfall. Also, they create a wonderful contrasting textures. If your property has any kinds of drainage or erosion issues, a dry creek may be the perfect landscape element for your property. On their own, dry creeks can divide spaces and create a unique element in your landscape.
A creek bed is a great way to make a dramatic statement in your garden, without a lot of skill or landscaping experience. There are many ways to build your dry creek bed as well as many materials to use. For a smaller and more calm creek using two to four inch cobble. During heavy rainfall your creek bed becomes a beautiful babbling brook. If you're looking for a larger more robust creek bed, use four to six inch cobble with larger accent boulders.
Dry Creek Beds
once you've build dry creek beds, you can dress up their sides a bit. Using plants in your creek bed will give it more depth. Therefore, making it look like a natural formation. Using grasses and succulents can create a softer and more fluid look. The stream bed should meander naturally, never in a straight line. Thus, creating the illusion that the creek bed has always there.
As with any landscape elements a dry creek bed may not be perfect for every property. In our Landscape Design process we will look at the landscape as a whole and find where a creek bed will work best for you.