Brick is a familiar and versatile component in many landscaping projects. Brick pavers in patios or edging present a more formal feel than the use of concrete or wood. Many homeowners shy away from laying brick patios themselves, thinking it is a more difficult project than they can handle. Laying a brick patio is oftentimes easier, and less time consuming, than constructing a wooden deck. With careful planning, a minimum of tools are needed for this project as brick cutting is not required.
Lay out a garden hose or rope on the ground in the shape and size you have chosen for your new brick patio, using a measuring tape for accuracy.
Dig out the area using the spade to a depth of 8 inches. Use a level to maintain an even base and create a 90 degree edge on all sides of the patio space.
Set the 6x6 boards in place firmly against the edges of the patio bed to create a form. Butt ends together tightly and use drill to make holes every 12 inches through the 6x6's. Insert rebar spikes in each hole and hammer into place with mallet. Place enough crushed gravel around the inside edge of the patio bed to make the top edge of the boards level with the surrounding ground. This will create a permanant, solid form that will keep the brick pavers from migrating out of the patio area
Fill the patio bed with 4 inches of crushed gravel. Use the 2x4 Scree and level to create an even gravel bed. Compact the crushed gravel firmly with tamping tool, adding addtitional gravel to as needed until a 4 inch deep bed of compacted gravel is formed.
Cover the compacted gravel with a 2 inch deep layer of sand. Level with the 2x4 scree and compact with tamping tool. Use level to maintain an even surface.
Create the pattern you desire with the brick beginning at one corner of the patio area and working in a straight line across the area. As you place each brick, firmly press each brick into the sand and use rubber mallet to hammer it into place. Each brick should be firmly set against the next forming a tight seam. Work back and forth across patio area until it is completely filled in.
Spread a 1/2 inch layer of sand across the newly laid brick. Use the utility broom to move sand around the patio until it fills in the seams between the bricks. This acts a loose mortor between the bricks.
Spray the patio lightly with garden hose to remove excess sand and backfill any areas around outside forms with leftover soil.