We've been considering doing a dry creek bed with water-tolerant plantings along the banks for the same purpose. We have one section on the side toward the back of the house that just gets mushy and then runs down between the backyards. It's not really a ditch that runs there, just a low area. We don't plan to redirect the flow. We're just going to line the natural runoff path with varying sizes of river rock and maybe build a little footbridge across. Then I want to plant iris (flags), some ornamental grasses and some of the smaller hosta varieties along the edges - probably intermingled with flagstone stepping stones. I really want to go for a very natural look. That's the side of the house where I have my shade garden with lots of hostas, English ivy, lilies of the valley, foxglove (digitalis), and coral bells - as well as lots of annual impatiens. The focal point is a 30+ year old white pine that shelters a flagstone patio with a little bistro table and chairs. It's my favorite place to be in the spring and summer months. The dry creek bed would just make it that much more appealing to me.
I live in the St. Louis, Mo area and our hard red clay doesn't particularly absorb moisture well. It just turns mucky during snow melt, spring rains, and summer thunderstorms. Then, during the heat of summer, it dries up and cracks. - Sort of like a mud facial! LOL
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