Ideas for a backyard landscape with cinder blocks

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Ideas for a backyard landscape with cinder blocks
Breeze blocks can be incorporated into backyard landscaping in a number of ways. (mason, brick image by Greg Pickens from

Breeze blocks are useful construction materials for major structures yet are used in a rather liberal way when landscaping the gardens and yard behind your house. Incorporate breeze blocks into your backyard landscaping through a number of different methods which are subtle, useful and attractive.

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Breeze Block Garden Planters

Breeze blocks are known as large rectangular cement blocks with two square openings in them, equally spaced apart. Turn these blocks on their sides and group them together to form little planters using the squares as small dirt-filled pots for small plants and herbs. Breeze blocks can also create the border around the edge of a larger garden to hold bigger plants, bushes or even trees, with these smaller holes still used as planters, creating a sort of ring of herbs and other small planters around the edge of each garden bed.

Breeze Block Steps

If your backyard has different levels to it, add steps to get from one level of the ground to the next using breeze blocks. Use these precast blocks, which are almost always entirely uniform in shape, to make this process of building steps in your yard much easier. The best way to do this is to dig out a section of the part of your backyard where the rise exists, and stack your breeze blocks like stairs. Pack them closely together, fill them in with both sand and dirt and water it a little to ensure the blocks are packed into the earth tightly. Observe these steps after it rains and over time to make sure they aren't falling apart or sliding down the rise in the backyard.

Breeze Block Walkways

Dig out a path through your backyard or through gardens or trees within your backyard, and use breeze blocks instead of rocks or gravel for people to walk on. By laying the breeze blocks down so their squares point upwards, an attractive pattern is made on this landscaped backyard trail. Add sand or gravel within each square to give the rock trail some colour and also keep weeds from growing within it. The width and depth of these trails are simple to measure before digging, as they are the dimensions of however many breeze blocks you want to line up beside each other.

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