Using broken brick ends for paths, walls, fountain base, other?
We have LOTS of partial bricks from when the mason broke them to make end pieces for the wall of our house. Since they are all different lengths--mostly less than half a brick in length--it will obviously be a lot of work to use them in any way. However, I hate to just dump them in the trash.
I'd be interested in your ideas about which of the following might make sense:
1. Dump them in the garden beds and then put top soil on top of them in the terraced area that is yet to be formed. Our soil is sand, so our drainage is TOO good. Would the bricks slow down the water trickling through enough to make this worth while? I want to have some roses in mixed terraced beds and am trying to figure out how to retain water and also reduce the amount of watering (work!), since roses need so much water.
2. Stick them with the flat, short end up to make or line a path. Pretty time consuming since there are so many brick pieces.
3. Use them to make a mini-retaining wall where the garden steps down in low, short areas. We have other retaining walls that are boulders to keep the driveway out of the wetlands, and will have more boulder walls along one side of the house to form a sort of long window well. So don't know if introducing brick here would look good.
4. I want to have maybe three different small inexpensive fountains, so perhaps the brick could be used in some way to make these look attractive? One would be in the bottom level of the terraced garden that will be by the walk from the front door down to the walkout, which is on the front of the house. So you'd be able to see it as you walk down, and also if you're sitting on the lower level patio. One would probably be one of those globe shaped things with the water keeping a small ball turning on top for the grandkids to see as they walk up to the house. The third might be able to be a small wall fountain going up almost against the brick wall of the house near the entrance. The brick on the house goes up about 2-3 feet above the ground--I'll have to go measure when I'm out there next time.
5. Maybe do something special by the mail and newspaper box out front?
The necessary boulder retaining walls are taking a huge bite out of the budget, but we will be doing most of the rest of the landscaping ourselves--or at least to the extent that our aging backs will allow. So if we can make good use of the brick ends, it will help.
Many thanks for any ideas and help you can give us.