When landscaping in a native environment, installing dry creek beds help connect nature with the landscape surrounding a home. Here at Scapes Inc, we pride ourselves in our quality of work using boulders when building creeks. The main focus on giving the aesthetic that the creek has always existed is important to maintain the feel of nature. By tucking rock around low shrubs, it gives the appearance that the plants begin to grow out of the boulder groupings as they do in nature.

Designing a landscape begins with understanding what a property offers you. When a property presents an opportunity to take advantage of elevation changes, we often do so by adding boulders and dry creeks in groupings to add dimension to the landscape.

Functionality in Landscape Design

Often times, Scapes, inc. will come across a water issue on a residential property. How can this get resolved without changing the look of the yard? Drains are often used- but may not completely fix the issue. To maximize the true benefit of a drainage system, we may build a dry creek bed to hide the drains under the rock. When executed well, most people do not even notice that the dry creek was built out of a functional need!

How We Build Dry Creeks

Building dry creek beds correctly is a difficult task. First, we analyze the area to look for the functional need. Next, we design the creek the way nature would- by running down to the lowest point of the property (water always finds the lowest point of land). Once the design is completed, we locate the size rock needed for the job (smaller the creek, smaller the rock). When our crew arrives to the propery, they will begin to prepare the area and start installing the drain (if needed). The erosion fabric will be installed next, which prevents soil from being washed out as well as the soil silting into the rocks. Once this has been completed, we will sit the larger perimeter boulders in a natural fashion- this is the true art form of building dry creek beds. After the large boulders are placed, we will add all of the smaller creek rocks to fill in the open areas around the large boulders that were placed. The last step to building our dry creek beds- the landscape. Adding low spreading native shrubs such as ferns, hostas, and junipers allows us to hide where the creek begins and ends, which gives the appearance that there is more than what meets the eye.

How We Build Dry Creeks

Building dry creek beds correctly is a difficult task. First, we analyze the area to look for the functional need. Next, we design the creek the way nature would- by running down to the lowest point of the property (water always finds the lowest point of land). Once the design is completed, we locate the size rock needed for the job (smaller the creek, smaller the rock). When our crew arrives to the propery, they will begin to prepare the area and start installing the drain (if needed). The erosion fabric will be installed next, which prevents soil from being washed out as well as the soil silting into the rocks. Once this has been completed, we will sit the larger perimeter boulders in a natural fashion- this is the true art form of building dry creek beds. After the large boulders are placed, we will add all of the smaller creek rocks to fill in the open areas around the large boulders that were placed. The last step to building our dry creek beds- the landscape. Adding low spreading native shrubs such as ferns, hostas, and junipers allows us to hide where the creek begins and ends, which gives the appearance that there is more than what meets the eye.

Dry Creeks Beds Gallery