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How do you determine the grade of a river bed so you know that it will flow?

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Posted 2019-02-19T22:34:59+0000  by Gordyjb Gordyjb

Hello Gordyjb and welcome to the Community.



The consensus seems to be that a good slope to aim for when grading land is about 6 inches for the first 10 feet (that translates to a "slope" of 5 percent).   This may vary depending on your particular landscape pattern.

Dry creek beds tend to be wider than they are deep, which is good news for you because it means less digging. A 2:1 ratio is about right, meaning you could make your feature 3 feet wide x 1.5 feet deep, for example.


Open up the following LINK to a How to Build a Dry Creek Bed.  One exception is if you are creating your dry river bed close to the foundation of a building.  If you do not want the water to soak into the ground at all, you may want to substitute a pond liner or plastic sheeting for the landscape fabric, until you have moved the water a distance from the structure.


Thank you for your inquiry.



Posted 2019-02-21T17:16:57+0000  by Char_HD_CHI
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