How to make a ditch look nice?

I have a street drain run-off ditch in my backyard that floods a river when it rains, but when dry, is an eyesore. I need to make it look pretty & natural, but in a cost effective way. Bringing in piles of rocks are expensive, not to mention, would ruin my mower blades when mowing, when I cut close. I need ideas. Thanks. icon
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  • Dawn Doe Brown Dawn Doe Brown on May 29, 2017
    Throw in wildflower seeds. This looks beautiful and attracts butterflies and bees.

  • Michelle Helmeczy Michelle Helmeczy on May 29, 2017
    I thought about that too but that is too wild & out of control. I want it to look manicured, plus it's by our house & I don't want bees that close.

  • Ellis Ellis on May 30, 2017
    How about ferns? When I visited a friend in the country, there was a drainage ditch along his road. Ferns were growing all along the ditch, seemingly self-propagating, and they looked beautiful, plus no flowers to attract bees.

    There are some ferns that can take a bit of sun, as long as they get enough moisture. You could plant a few different ones and see which ones do best.

    • Michelle Helmeczy Michelle Helmeczy on Mar 05, 2022

      That would be too much ground coverage as I need the water to flow away rapidly so it doesn't leave wet soggy grass around.

  • Michelle Helmeczy Michelle Helmeczy on May 30, 2017
    hmm that's interesting. I think I would fear a snake hiding place. The only thing I see a problem there with it is it's a street run-off drain, It would get all sorts of trash (drink bottles, newspapers, etc) that might get clogged up in it. Then I would have to go clean the area through all the ferns ... And now I'm back to the snake thought. Lol

  • Tam 15076171 Tam 15076171 on May 30, 2017
    My daughter had a drainage ditch like this and they laid out bags of sakrete and after they got it the way they wanted it they cut a slit in each bag and wet them down after they harden you just take the bag off and it really looks good.

  • Chakka1 Chakka1 on Mar 05, 2022

    hard to see from the picture, just how the clamps go on to secure.

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 05, 2022

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