Water stagnating in your yard or garden not only looks bad, but can also potentially harm the foundation of your house. You will face these problems especially if your house does not have a good drainage system. Apart from a soggy garden, this water can seep through the ground and cause damage to the foundation and structure of your house.
This problem is further compounded if your property is constructed on a sloped area. There are many ways in which you can reroute this water from your yard. Installing a French drain or laying underground pipes are two of the best options. However, both are labor intensive and require extensive digging.
Installing a dry creek bed is not very difficult. However, before purchasing the required supplies, you will need to plan its route. It is best to make the course a meandering and curved one, to make it look natural. It should suit your landscape. It should ideally start from a higher point and travel in a downward direction.
Another very important point to consider is the ultimate exit point of the redirected water. You cannot install a dry creek that exits into your neighbor's property, unless you want a lawsuit on your hands. The best solution is to reroute it into a dry well, where it will percolate slowly into the ground.
Once you have decided on an exit point for the water and designed a course for the creek bed, you can start installing it.
Dry creeks are traditionally more wide than they are deep, and a good ratio to follow while digging is 2:1. For example, if the width of the dry creek is 3 inches, then the depth should be 1½ inch. Digging the entire course will take up a better part of the day depending on the size of your yard and its terrain.
This completes the installation of the dry creek bed. To give it a natural look, plant some ornamental grass, bushes, and shrubs along its course. This helps soften its look and makes your garden appear more attractive.