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When I tell people that I'm the landscaper who looks after our team's football field they are really impressed, and a little jealous. I don't think they know how much work it is though - it's definitely trickier than keeping your backyard looking green. Not only does my football field need to look lush, it also needs to be perfectly even so that the ball doesn't bounce at crazy angles, and not so soft that the players boots sink in. I need to keep up with all of the latest tricks that landscapers have, and I write these up here so that everyone can give them a try on their own fields.

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How to Use Simple Bricks to Give Your Outdoor Space Some Style

Brad Craig

If you have some nice landscaping trees or flowerbeds outside your home, but they seem to lack style and personality, you don't need to break your budget by adding expensive pavers and other such materials to your space. Some simple, affordable bricks can be just what you need to anchor and enhance your property's landscaping, and make your entire outdoor space stylish and inviting. Consider a few suggestions for how to use bricks to give your home's yard some style and personality, and to really enhance the space overall.

Create a border wall

To make your flowerbeds stand out, set some bricks upright, so they're tall and narrow, in a line in front of the bushes. This tall and narrow shape can make your flowerbeds seem taller and larger, and the brick wall may then resemble a small fence! Lining up a row of bricks can also make the flowerbeds seem longer, so they have more visual interest and weight, and really stand out. Standing bricks on their ends will also make the border wall more unique than a standard row of bricks that are set down on their side.

Create an outdoor fireplace

Bricks are naturally fire resistant, so you can create an outdoor fireplace that will really enhance the home's landscaping, and also create some warmth and ambiance around your deck or patio. Dig a small pit for the fireplace and then stack bricks around it; be sure the stack is large enough to protect the lawn from burning embers and ash. You can add lava rocks, which burn without heat or ash, or stack some firewood in the fireplace for a more natural look and feel.

Create walkways and paths

You may not think of adding paths around your yard, but note that walkways don't necessarily need to be strictly functional. Brick paths can add style to the space, and break up the look of long patches of grass, giving some personality to an otherwise boring outdoor space. Consider adding a curved pathway in front of an area of landscaping or a path from the home to a mature tree.

To ensure that your brick pathway stays level and even, tamp down the soil before adding bricks, and tap them into place with a rubber mallet so they sit firmly in the dirt. You can also add some decorative gravel around the edge of your new walkway or space out the bricks and add gravel between them for even more colour and style in your yard.


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