Joan Myhre
Joan Myhre
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  • Dutton, MT

Adding Brick Pavers to the Garden Area

12 Materials
$75.
4 Hours
Easy

We recycled old bricks to create a mud-free entrance between our garden and our garden shed.

adding brick pavers to the garden area

This is the 'before' picture of the small area between our raised garden beds and our shed, which wasn't good for much but growing grass, or becoming mud when it rained. We envisioned a rustic brick patio to keep the area clean and free from weeds.

adding brick pavers to the garden area

We had a pile of used brick we purchased from the Habitat for Humanity Restore in our area, and we decided to recycle them for this project.

adding brick pavers to the garden area

The bricks were coated with old mortar that needed to be removed so the bricks would fit nicely together in our pattern. Probably the most time consuming part of the project, but not terribly difficult. We were glad we finally found a use for these beauties!

adding brick pavers to the garden area

A chisel, hammer, and a firm surface to work on was all that was needed to remove the old mortar; it pretty much crumbled off leaving the nice clean brick. We may have lost only a few bricks to crumbling from this procedure.

adding brick pavers to the garden area

This is the mortar after we were finished with the brick we needed for our project. I think we disposed of this portion, but I suppose someone could have come up with an idea to recycle it as well.

adding brick pavers to the garden area

We loaded up our cleaned brick for the trip over to our project area!

adding brick pavers to the garden area

Another important step is to prepare the area for the brick. We rototilled the area a few times, and then raked it out well to level it. We could have spent a little more time to get this level, but we weren't too concerned about having it perfect. We wanted it to look like it had been there for a while.

adding brick pavers to the garden area

We layered newspaper and sand over the raked area to begin our pattern. Several layers of newspaper will serve as a weed block, and is biodegradable too. I used a fairly simple pattern for the bricks as we discovered they were slightly irregular in size.

adding brick pavers to the garden area

We used clean, dry sand as a base for the brick, and later to spread over the bricks to fill in the crevices and 'tighten' our pad.

adding brick pavers to the garden area

This was the quick part of the whole process! It went together very quickly once it was to this point. We used the raised bed and the shed to edge the project.

adding brick pavers to the garden area

The finished project! We found two left over pieces of clay flue liner we had used for protecting our chimney when we installed the triple wall stove pipe, and turned on end we thought they made nice planters for the corners heading into the other part of our garden. We don't like to see anything go to waste!

adding brick pavers to the garden area

A view from the garden side out to the alley. The garden shed area is so clean and accessible now! It will make moving the rototiller and wheelbarrow in and out so much easier.

adding brick pavers to the garden area

And the final results looking into the garden and our back yard. It was too late in the season to add flowers to the planters, but I am looking forward to decorating them this year!

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  • Tammy klein
    on May 17, 2019

    Good for you guys! That looks awesome!

  • Minh
    on May 18, 2019

    Between Bricks and the shed? What should it have? I wonder Water will go into there a lot.

  • Karen
    on May 19, 2019

    I would like to divide my front yard in half by putting in a walkway. Do you think your method using bricks would work for my project?

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  • Em
    on May 21, 2019

    I see you used newspaper under the sand. If you do again use roofing felt paper. Lasts a lot longer and keeps the sand from flushing out from between the brick. I did this for my front walkway. I love that you used old brick. It looks really nice.

  • Joanie
    on May 24, 2019

    I love the ole' brick use....it looks OUTSTANDING to me!!!

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