Outdoor Stonework

Stone Water Channels

Stormwater runoff drains:

Stone runoff drain, white

Stone runoff drains

These may look like ancient Hopi kivas, but they're actually stone drains for channeling stormwater runoff built by Ambrose Landscapes foreman and master stone craftsman Rafael Moreno.
Stone runoff drain, brown
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Stone dry streams:

Dry stream

A key element in controlling stormwater runoff, a so-called dry stream — such as this one we installed as part of a rain garden at the Ambassador Condos — captures and holds the water long enough for it to absorb into the ground. It can also be a very attractive landscaping element!

Capturing rain water and holding it on your property is one of the most environmentally and economically sustainable practices you can adopt. Not only does it keep your plants well watered and resistant to drought — saving you the costs of irrigating them and replacing stressed plants and eroded soil — but it also protects our streams and wetlands from pollution, sedimentation, and erosion.

Dry stream

Zen garden

We arranged 250 lbs. of black river stone and 500 lbs. of white marble to catch a downspout's runoff and use it to irrigate this newly planted Japanese maple. The black stone represents currents of deeper water; the white, shallower water.
Stream in style of Japanese rock garden

Stone dry stream and slope repair (Arden project)

View larger Stone dry stream in Arden by Asheville landscaper Ambrose Landscapes At right, this dry stream in Arden, North Carolina, traps stormwater runoff from an uphill neighbor's property. Below, we installed grassy sod, mulch, and trees on a slope elsewhere on the property to stop it from eroding.

Project slideshow

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  • Site before (orange paint marks underground utility) (#1)
  • Digging trenches (#2)
  • A rainstorm before completion helped show how much runoff the dry stream will absorb (#3)
  • Completed dry stream (#4-6)
  • Testing the dry stream by saturating it with water till it finally overflows to the curb (#7)
Laying sod to prevent erosion in Arden by Asheville landscaper Ambrose Landscapes Another view of laying sod to prevent erosion in Arden by Asheville landscaper Ambrose Landscapes Mulch and trees to prevent erosion in Arden by Asheville landscaper Ambrose Landscapes
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Waterfalls with ponds, drains, more:

Stone waterfall and pond

Stone waterfall and pond

Building the waterfall and pond
Stone waterfall drain

Stone waterfall drain

Stone waterfall drain with stone wall
Stone waterfall drain, another view
Waterfall, bench, rain gardenWaterfall detail

Waterfall, bench, & dry stream:

We installed this stonework at a home in south Asheville to solve a serious stormwater-runoff problem. As you can tell from the photo at left, the length of the roadway tips sheets of rainwater onto the property. In order to make the best of this, we channeled the runoff along a stone waterfall onto the land to fight the droughts, while steering it around the transformer and into the dry stream running through a rain garden (far left; photo at far lower right). It still had to look nice up close — as the plantings grow, the stone bench (photos at top right, far upper right) gets more private each year.
Stone bench recently Dry stream in garden
Waterfall grown in
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Erosion control:

Erosion control at commercial property

A stone-lined dry stream at this South Asheville manufacturing facility looks attractive and prevents what could have become a severe erosion problem. ("Before" at right, "after" above and below.)
Front view
Dirt lot Drain and ditch
View of completed erosion control Drain and ditch lined with river stones
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