Landscape Design forum: Dry creek bed help

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Jul 22, 2017 9:10 AM CST
Good morning. Looking for ideas to increase the naturalness of this dry creek bed we started. I think I made the mistake of making it a tad to deep and to save some money used standard 1"-2" washed gravel vice river rock for the base. However, my intent was to lay the larger river rock in a more "random" pattern and then just order a few tons of 1"-2" river rock to fill in on top of the washed gravel. I probably should have laid the larger stones first, but I was concerned about the wash gravel filling up to high on them. I also hope to order some large Tennessee boulders to add some depth a key turns. Thoughts? I'm sure there are a couple different ways to go so interested in any ideas. Thx!
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Jul 25, 2017 7:24 AM CST
I'm no expert and have never attempted to accomplish anything like this, but the addition of a few larger stones or boulders along the edge may give you the desired look. I would also, research as many photos of dry creek beds or any creek or stream on your favorite search engine as possible for more ideas and inspiration. Thumbs up

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Aug 26, 2017 9:51 AM CST
Good question! It does take some work to make a dry streambed look more natural. We recommend starting with larger boulders randomly placed along the edges, and burying those part way in the ground. Another trick is to buy cobble and gravel that are the same type and color as your boulders, so that the colors all tie in just as they would in a real streambed as boulders are slowly broken down over time into smaller pieces. Here's the guide we put together in case it helps:
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Aug 26, 2017 11:14 AM CST
If your bed is on a slope be sure to place the larger rocks intermittently so when you get big rains you don't get a steady stream with no breaks or it will wash your smaller rocks out. If you don't use bigger rocks with it it can wash it into your yard when you get the big rains (experience talks here nodding ). I also like to plant flowers close to the edges here and there and not have the borders straight.
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