Brick landscaping adds color and depth to the landscaping, and, depending on what you decide to do with the landscaping, can be functional as well. Bricks can be used to form patios, built in furniture and many other things to liven up the landscaping in the front and backyard. It could also be used to tie in an existing feature to a new feature.
Bricks come in various colors, and can be used to create colorful edging around existing flowerbeds. Brick edging could also be used to tie in an existing patio to a new, shady seating area in another part of the yard. Edging could be as simple as laying bricks along the edge of an existing flowerbed, or as complex as building a wall with a footer, for a more permanent edge. Follow the instructions in the Footer section to create a permanent edge.
Brick flowerbeds must be sturdy enough to hold the soil and plants. Build a footer as outlined in the footer section, in the shape you want the flowerbed. Work the rows of bricks to the desired height of the flowerbed. If you wish to add built-in seating on the flowerbed, use two courses of bricks instead of just one, so that the side of the above-ground flowerbed is wide enough to sit on.
A brick walkway ties in one landscaping feature with another. Brick walkways are solid enough to walk on, but should not be driven on (except for light machinery, such as a riding mower). Mark the path with stakes, then dig down 8 inches. Layer 2 inches of sand and gravel, then tamp it down. Make a 4-inch cement footer, then lay the bricks on the footer. Make sure you give ample time for the footer to set-at least 48 hours-before laying the brick on the footer. You can create any number of designs with the brick, even alternating different colors of brick.
To build a footer, dig down about 4 inches. Layer the bottom with pea-size gravel. Tamp the gravel down, then fill in with sand. Tamp the sand and gravel. Cover the gravel with cement (prepare the cement as directed on the package) and level the cement. Spread mortar on top of the footing, and set the bricks into the mortar. Butter the inside end of each brick before you set it into the mortar. Butter the outside end of the next brick, and push it up against the mortar on the first brick. Work in this fashion until the first row is completed. Alternate the bricks on the second row, so that each brick overlaps the bottom brick by half. Repeat until the wall is as high as you need it.