Whether you want to build a planter or bed around a tree because you think it will look pretty or you're trying to avoid edging around your trees, you can install a brick planter or bed around a tree all by yourself. The height of your brick planter or bed depends on your wants and needs. You can build a shallow bed or planting area around your tree with only one brick of height, or you can create a wall for a grander raised bed.
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Things you need
- Mason line
- Garden shovel
- 2-by-4 or tamper
Use stakes and yarn or a mason's line to outline the design or your intended bed. Place a stake in each corner, if you're creating a square or rectangle. Place stakes as needed if you're making a more elaborate edge. Connect all the stakes together using the string or line.
Place a brick on the ground flush with one of your stakes. Use a spade to cut straight down into the dirt on either side of your brick. Remove the brick. Use the space marks as a guideline, and dig a trench following the layout of your stakes and line or yarn. The depth of your trench will vary based on the intended height of your wall. For single brick tall walls, make the trench depth equal to half a brick.
Tap down the soil at the bottom of the trench with a 2-by-4 or tamper once your trench is complete.
Apply a thin layer of gravel, approximately 1 to 2 inches thick, if you're planning to build a planter wall that is taller than one or two layers of brick. Tamp it down. The gravel will increase the security and stability of your brick wall.
Position the bricks into the trench to create your wall. Press down gently to secure the brick in place. Set the next brick flush against the brick before it until you complete the first layer of your wall.
Center the first brick in the second layer of your wall, if needed, over a joint between the bricks in the first wall. Set the next brick in the second layer of the wall flush against the first brick. Repeat the process until the wall is finished.
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