Dry Creek Beds and How They Mitigate Landscape Drainage Problems

For the last several weeks, we’ve been covering some of the various solutions available to homeowners who struggle with landscape drainage problems. As we’ve discussed before, improper drainage can be devastating to your home and your surrounding landscape. Every rain and snowstorm puts your property at risk of costly damage. One particularly popular solution to the problems of landscape drainage is the dry creek bed. Homeowners love dry creek beds because they add to the natural beauty of the landscape – in fact, even homeowners who don’t have drainage problems implement dry creek beds into their landscapes! Here’s some more information about why they work and how they are installed.

Redirecting Water

Dry creek beds are ideal for areas of your landscape on a slope or grade (unlike trench drains, which are better suited to flatter terrain) that are hard hit by the effects of groundwater. They are able to handle a lot more water than other options because the solid material can help move water more quickly to its desired end location. This construction also helps prevent soil erosion which can take a heavy toll on your landscape over time.

Planning Dry Creek Beds

Designing and installing a dry creek bed is best left to professional landscapers like the folks at TDH Landscaping, who have the tools, knowledge, and experience necessary to complete the task properly. The well-being of your property is at stake, so it’s best not to try and go the DIY route for this project. Here are just a few of the steps we take when planning out dry creek beds:

  • Mapping: During this stage, we take a look at the current flow of groundwater on your landscape to determine which areas can benefit from a dry creek bed. Then we map out a path for the bed. The key to making dry creek beds natural parts of your landscape is to make sure it follows an existing slope, letting the bed meander as though it were a stream.
  • Digging: Next, we mark the areas for the dry creek bed and dig up the existing vegetation, keeping to the rule that streams be twice as wide as they are deep.
  • Filling: Finally, we fill in the bed with coarse sand or gravel and lay in rocks of various sizes to create a natural look.


If you have a unique, personal landscaping project in mind, contact TDH Landscaping. We will work with you to combine your vision with our renowned expertise and experience to make it happen. We have been in business for over fifty years, and our goal is to give every landscape a curated touch while offering the knowledge to keep your residential outdoor area beautiful all year long. Give us a call today at 410-692-0050, send us an email at Sales@tdhnl.com, or fill out our contact form here to get the process started. Keep up with our blog for more updates and helpful tips, and don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInPinterestYoutube, and Houzz!

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