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Making a brick wall in your garden is a great DIY home improvement job to undertake. The process of bricklaying is relatively simple and you can save a lot of money by doing it yourself.
In order to complete the job you will need a few tools and materials. To begin, enough brick to complete your wall, as well as enough mortar to bind the bricks together. If you're building your own foundation then you'll need concrete and a mortar joint to make the foundation strong. You can buy these products from your local hardware store. In addition, you'll need a bricklaying trowel and buckets to mix the mortar and concrete.
The process of building your brick wall starts with the foundation, and it is important that your foundation is strong so that your wall is strong. If your garden already has a concrete surface then you can build your wall directly onto that, but if you're building in a garden that doesn't already have a foundation then you'll need to make one.
Make the foundation
To make your foundation, first dig a trench that is roughly four or five inches deep. You'll need to leave an additional four inches on each side of the wall you plan to build, so be sure to dig your trench wide enough to account for your specific bricks. This will form a strong foundation for your wall. Mix your concrete according to the manufacturer's instructions and pour it into the trench. Smooth it over using your trowel and allow it to dry overnight or until dry. It is very important that your foundation is dry.
Lay the brick
Start by laying your bricks dry to get an idea of how many bricks you'll need, as well as half bricks to fill any odd spaces. This process will give you a good idea of what your wall will look like before laying them in.
First, mix your mortar according to the manufacturer's instructions. When your mortar is mixed, lay down with the mortar blocks. These are large bricks that will sit at the bottom level of your wall, on top of the foundation. Be sure to spread or "butter" some mortar to the side of your mortar block when attaching to an already existing wall.
Continue on with the brick. Spread a layer of mortar about a half inch thick on top of the mortar block and lay your first layer of brick. After you lay each brick, scrape away any additional mortar so that the edges are clean. Continue, brick by brick, staggering the joints so they are separate. Use half bricks on every other row so that the joints don't meet one another. Once your wall is set, use a wet cloth to wipe clean any leftover mortar. Your wall will be finished after it is completely dry and the mortar is set.