DRY RIVER BED – Drainage

Dry River Bed Stone Project Feature
Landscaping can add beauty while adding to a maintenance less feature, all while fixing a drainage issue. Reference link: Principles of Exterior Drainage


This project was on the wish list. Years before fixing the foundation issues on that side of the home, we noticed the ground was too high and sloped towards the home. The repair held up but it was time for the next step. This project cost $800 in material mostly Stone 3 tons pea gravel, river rock med and large($600) 25 hours. Labor with sweat $1000. Total $1,800 for a feature that normally goes for 5k.
The goal moves extra drainage water to the back yard garden. Limit cutting of grass. Move water/rain snow away from home.

To move water away from home slope away, add plastic and add the main drainage pipe towards the back garden.

Perf pipe used and a cleanout installed at front, middle and near end.
Perf pipe can be augured. Corrugated pipe cannot.
Once dirt is moved in this case 8 hours worth. Notice dual layer 20 mil plastic near home out 3 feet. The Black is perf weed fabric