How to Build a Dry Creek Bed

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Introduction: How to Build a Dry Creek Bed


The first step is to shape the soil underneath, to get the basic shape of a riverbed.

Step 1: Lay Weed Cloth

Lay weed cloth over the soil. This will prevent weeds in the soil from sprouting up through the rocks, as well as prevent seeds that blow in the wind from landing and rooting in your stream bed.

Step 2: Lay Large Rocks to Shape the Stream.


The shape of the stream bed itself will be lined with rocks.

Step 3: Add Small Rocks and Gravel

Lay small rocks and gravel over the big rocks, filling in between them.

Step 4: Add Wood Chips

Add wood chips at the edge of the stream bed, working your way out.

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