Garden Brick Projects
Here are a few simple ideas that anyone can do to help decorate their yard or the outside of their house. All of these projects make use of garden bricks, which can be found at any garden center or store. The bricks are normally shaped triangular to allow them to be placed together to either form a curve or a straight line depending on how you alternate them. Most commonly they are seen in red, but do come in a small verity of colors. They are rough so that when stacked they will not slide easily. Your average garden bricks are actually very sturdy and will hold together well as long as you do nothing foolish like trying to walk on top of them.
If you are just trying to add some character to your yard without doing anything radical, lining your trees with gardens bricks is an easy way to do that. You need to dig a very small trench around the tree only an inch or so deep and as wide as the garden bricks you are going to use. Put the bricks in the trench and pack the dirt down around them to help keep them in place. Remove all the grass that is now in the circle between the bricks and the tree and fill that space in with rocks or bark chips. You can also line flowerbeds or lawns with garden bricks in the same manner.
An easy project that can be done just about anywhere outside is a garden brick planter. This are real easy to make and can be put just about anywhere. All you need is a bunch of garden bricks and some topsoil. You take the bricks and stack them up just as you would with any style of bricks. Now you can do this out in the open or next to a wall or fence for support. Just arrange the bricks in the desired mannered, for free standing you might want to go with a simple circular well shape, while you will find you can get more creative if you have a solid wall as one side of your planter. Make sure whatever you design that it is sturdy, overlapping the bricks as we all learned to do as a child with building blocks and not more than about three or four feet high. Once you have your structure built you just add the topsoil and your planter is ready for plants.
One fun thing with doing this kind of planter is that you can play around with the designs as you go. Get a variety of colored bricks and create your own pattern. You can do faces or sunbursts. There are a good deal of real simple designs that can be done with garden bricks. There really is no need to stick with just one color unless that is what appeals to you. I recall at one garden shop they had taken garden bricks and done a Central American architectural style three-dimensional face. That was not a simple project though, but did look impressive and might be something to try for if you are up for the challenge.
Garden ponds can actually be an easy project now days with all the kits they have out there. All you need to do is buy the kit and a bunch of garden bricks and you will have all you need for an above ground pond.
Take out the molded plastic pond liner than is in the kit, place the garden bricks around the liner by following the instructions for the planters as talked about above. This time just make sure it fits the pond liner and holds it in place. After that you just need to follow the instructions in the kit to get the pond up and going. Most of the kits come with some kind of fountain that is real easy to set up as well, giving you a good chance of creating a impressive looking set up with little work.
This kind of pond can be placed just about anywhere, even inside. It is perfect for a patio and will look good in the middle of a yard as well. You can also play around with the brick patterns just as was talked about with the planters.
Most of these projects should not take more than a day or so to do and cost very little all in all, but will last a long time if taken care of. Garden bricks are really a useful tool to help create character in your yard. There is really a good deal of simple projects that can be done with garden bricks in any yard. Just let your imagination go and see what you can come up with to make your yard unique.