Thirty to fifty bricks
Thousands of people have chosen to display a gazing ball on a pedestal stand in their gardens – it is a nice, outdoor accent. Except for the color, or the design of the pedestal, they’re all the same,though. There certainly aren’t very many choices when it comes to pedestal-type accents for your garden. The ones that you do find, well, they’re not cheap. But you might be overlooking a really nice garden pedestal, which anyone can build in minutes, and it will cost less than most any garden pedestal that you can find in a store. A brick garden pedestal rises up in the garden and is used to hold your choice of things. Set a clay pot arrangement on it, or make your own design.
Many people don’t know about the brick garden pedestal for the simple reason that it’s not sold in the average gardening store. The brick pedestal is almost always built, rather than purchased, so some people aren’t even aware of its existence. You’ll be thrilled with the one that you build, because it only takes a few minutes, but will stand for many years.
Buy a few bricks at a home improvement store and you’ll be able to build the pedestal quickly. The amount of bricks that you need will depend on how tall that you want the pedestal to be. Since the average brick is 2 1/2″ thick, you can figure how many you will need, at two bricks in each layer.
Clear a small spot on the ground so that it’s perfectly flat and free of sticks or rocks. Lay two bricks, side-by-side, on the cleared spot. The bricks should be positioned so that their long sides are against each other. Place them so that they are horizontal.
Stack two more bricks, laying them side-by-side, and placing them in a vertical manner. Continue stacking two bricks at a time, and alternating which way they are turned, until the pedestal is as tall as you want it to be. Mortar won’t be needed if you don’t stack the bricks too high; three to four feet-high is good. If you’d feel better knowing that the bricks are secure, use a non-traditional mortar instead of the real thing. Liquid Nail – found at most any home improvement store – works well to keep the bricks secure, and is much easier than mixing and applying mortar.
There are so many things that you can feature on top of the brick pedestal. Arrange potted plants, display a vintage watering can, or create your own pedestal topper. Change it any time you want to keep the garden looking interesting, year-round. Flower or vegetable garden, you’ll be proud to show off your new brick pedestal.