A raised garden bed can be a very appealing addition to your backyard, especially for an avid gardener. Brick makes a great choice for a garden bed, because it is highly durable, low maintenance, and looks classy and stylish regardless of where you live and what type of flowers you want to plant. Brick laying does have a learning curve, but once you have mastered the process, you can make many projects for your home. A DIY raised garden bed takes just a few days to assemble, but will look stunning for years to come. It can also add a huge amount of curb appeal to your house.
How to build a DIY raised garden bed
To build an outdoor garden bed, you will need sturdy bricks that are designed to resist water and wind. This will help to protect your flowers. You will also need mortar mix, a wheelbarrow, a trowel and mortar board, and a mason’s line. Plan out your design before you start moving any materials. You will want to make sure that the bed will get enough sunlight and air for your plants to flourish. Use a story pole to plan the height of the bricks, and then lay down your foundation. This should consist of a concrete trench that is roughly a foot deep and twice as wide as the wall. You will need to give the foundation time to fully set before you can move on to adding the bricks.
Once your foundation has been set, you can start laying your bricks. Set the bottom corner bricks first, and then create the first row in between them, laying down a mortar base before placing each brick. Then, assemble your corners carefully, measuring everything to ensure that it is even and level. It is crucial to start with corners, because otherwise the rest of the wall will not be even. From there, you can lay the bricks for the entire wall.
Once all your bricks have been set, you will need to seal the joints with mortar. This is essential for keeping the bricks in place. Use a wire brush to get rid of any excess mortar once it has set. Give your wall a few days to set, and then you can start planting. Fill the bed up with soil and fertilizer (if necessary), and then plant your flowers or herbs. You’ll have a stunning backyard garden in no time.