I put out a call to some of my girl friends. We'd been discussing how we'd like to try a spot of "Barn Raising." None of us needed a barn but the principle was the same. We'd get a group of us together to work on a project. Then that project host would owe back the time in labor to the various projects of the participants. So I suppose it is more of a labor exchange than a barn raising, but whatever it was, it worked.
On the day before my buddies arrived to help dig the dry creek I'd wanted to build, I laid down an outline of where I wanted to dig and hosed the area down with water so the soil was saturated and easy to dig the next day.
I'd read online that a dry creek needs to be half as wide as it is deep. Mine would be 3 feet wide at it's widest point, and therefore 18 inches deep. In hindsight, since my creek is only for decoration, and I do not anticipate it filling up with water, I could have gotten away with it being less deep but specs were specs and that was how it had to be.
and halfway along the side fence too.
Al (my hero) came over and helped me shovel them into the wheel barrows and dump them in the creek. After two hours the pile had gone.
My back yard neighbor had piles of larger rocks he didn't want and I texted him and asked if I could use some of these as accent stones and he told me to help myself. My friend Lucy came over and helped me position these heavier ones.
With the help of my friends, I'd built an Dry Creek in 48 hours!
I invited a few of my friends' children to come by and paint trolls, ladybugs, flowers and butterflies on rocks just to involve the little people in my life. The trolls sit under the bridges and watch for billy goats! Billy goats can really do some damage in a garden you know.
The finished product was really something to be proud of.
Thanks again you guys!