Here a Brick, There a Brick: Recycling Bricks

Green Hardscape Design and Install is GardenWise    

Each brick used in the above GardenWise, Inc. designed and installed garden space in Washington, D.C., was  recycled  from  the previous garden space.  Landscape Architects are paying closer attention to “green”  projects more  and  more.  Using  recycled  materials  is  one way  GardenWise  helps  our  clients  take a great “green” step when installing  a  stone or brick  design.  We  use  recycled materials whenever the chance to do so  presents  itself,  and  the  possibilities are endless:  recycled  concrete  for  paving  systems,  glass in stepping stones, recycled bricks, and crushed stone and granite to     be used in patio surfaces.       

An added bonus?  You save money! When I incorporate  larger pieces of old concrete or bricks into a  design,  the purchase and delivery costs of new materials is eliminated.

Lovely Bones are GardenWise

Late spring is a great time to take a close look at your garden to decide where you need to make some changes.  Truly memorable gardens get their character from lovely bones — benches, water features, garden accents,  sculptures, containers and planters,  stone work, arbors/pergolas, custom fences and gates, terraces, patios,  garden  lighting, and edging around  your plant beds.
 
Many first time gardeners are often surprised and discouraged when they find their  lovely  and very expensive collection of plants are nothing more than too many random plants piled together in a forgetable outdoor space.  Take the time out now to think about your garden’s bone structure.  
 
When you add architectural elements to your garden spaces that can include a bench, stone accents, an arbor, landscape lighting, a patio of flagstone, and a curving stone path to lead to your large grouping of beautiful plants, your  garden will come to life, and you’ll forever change your home life.

GardenWise project in McLean, VA

Cause She’s A BRICKHOUSE!

Move the Bricks — Forever Change your Garden Space

Every single brick in the above DC garden I designed and installed was recycled from a previous garden space.  No bricks were purchased to create this eye-catching and sophistacted garden  that has become tranquil escape for the homeowners.    

Using recycled materials in your hardscape featrures is a great “green” step to take when installing brick and stone designs.  We use  recycled materials when the chance to do so is available,  and the possibilities are endless; recycled concrete for paving systems,  glass in stepping stones,  recycled bricks, and crushed stone and granite to be used in  patio surfaces.        

An added bonus?  You save money.  When I incorporate  larger pieces of old concrete or bricks into a  design,  the purchase and delivery of new materials is eliminated.  Also eliminated?  The material removal and disposal costs.  We challenge you to put your creative caps on and think about what you can recycle in your garden space — the sky’s the limit, and the results can be life changing.  

Good Garden Bone Structure is GardenWise

Bone Structure is Key to a Garden’s Success

Home owners are often taken aback when they realize, after many hours of prep time and intensive labor,  their  lovely  and very expensive collection of plants in the garden are nothing more than too many lovely and expensive plants in a forgettable outdoor space.    

The most memorable and eye-catching  gardens  are  those with strong internal hardscape structure. Too  many  plants not separated and defined by hardscaping,  a word landscaper architects and designers use to describe more permanent fixtures  that  give  a  garden  its shape,  depth, and  framework for the plants, can be uninspiring and over- whelming.    

Great landscapes get their character from lovely  bones:  stone work, benches,  water features,   garden accents, sculptures, terraces, garden lighting, containers/planters,  patios,  arbors/pergolas, custom fences and gates, and the edging around  your plant beds.  All the elements that aren’t plants!

When you add a bench,  a large rock, or a delightful curving  stone path to a large grouping of your beautiful plants or a garden bench, suddenly the garden comes to life with its own story to tell.  Your garden  will capture the attention of your guests,  and if you look closely, you’ll see them  leaning in as they marvel at your gardens, as if they’re listening to your garden tell its story for the very first time.  

  

 



GardenWise on Recycling Bricks in Green Garden Designs

Beautiful Green Hardscape Designs    

Using recycled materials in your hardscape featrures is a great “green” step to take when installing any stone or brick  design.  We use  recycled materials when the chance to do so is available,  and the possibilities are endless — recycled concrete for paving systems,  glass in stepping stones, recycled bricks, and crushed stone and granite to be used in  patio surfaces.  Each brick used in this  Washington, DC  garden we designed and installed (above left,) was recycled from a previous hardscape feature.       

An added bonus?  You save money! When I incorporate  larger pieces of old concrete or bricks into a  design,  the purchase and delivery of new materials is eliminated.  Also eliminated?  The material removal and disposal costs.   It’s yet another way to take a Green Living step that also helps your budget.