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Home & Garden Design, Atlanta - Danna Cain, ASLA

Thanks for great article! I've found that a dry creek bed needs to be functional, aesthetically pleasing and in scale with the landscape. Each situation and budget calls for a different solution especially when the designer needs to consider budget! The main thing that I've learned is that the rock must be typical of what's found on local streams and that the arrangement of those rocks should simulate that found in nature also. Larger rocks on the periphery ... smaller rocks on the center. This requires hand placement. Notice below how the border of larger rocks undulates as would be more natural because a real stream would create eddy lines. Things I've learned from being a white water paddler in addition to a landscape designer.



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Spring Creek Aquatic Concepts

Real streams have pools, riffles, falls and glides. None of the examples for this article included anything other than contrived riffles. While that can be acceptable for a DIY project, why pay for similar results? Here is one example of a glide entering a stream pool. Apologies for it being wet, but most of our clients desire this. In this case, the "stream" is actually a functioning irrigation ditch from this project: https://www.houzz.com/hznb/projects/stream-in-a-garden-landscape-pj-vj~543721 This stream does dry up, but not during the flowering season.


   

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