Construct brick pillars to support a fence or to add vertical dimension to your garden landscape. They can also define an entryway or provide support for lamps, as well as creating create a sense of drama and security. The effect of brick pillars in the garden is similar to the psychological effect of trees in the landscape: They add a sense of strength and stability while they also provide utilitarian function. In a young garden the middle height dimension is often missing, with only newly planted shrubbery and mature trees. Adding garden pillars to the landscape provides the mid-level dimension for a more pleasing effect.

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Brick pillars add a focal point to the landscape.

Build a Footer for Each Pillar

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Form up the pillar footer.

Step 1

Remove soil from a square with sides equal to twice the width of the pillar and the depth equal to the width of the pillar to create a footer. Make certain the footer is deep enough to allow 6 inches of gravel below the frost line.

Step 2

Install a form frame if the soil is loose. Measure and cut boards to make a square that fits inside the excavated hole. Nail together and place inside the footer. Make certain the top of the form is perfectly level using a carpenter's level. Oil the boards with used motor oil or other oil to help prevent them from sticking to the concrete.

Step 3

Pour gravel into the footer to a depth of 6 inches. Tamp down until the layer is firm.

Step 4

Mix the cement according to instructions on the bag. Pour the cement into the footer.

Step 5

Level the cement with a screed board. Rest the board on either edge of the footer form, move the board back and forth from one end of the form to the other in a gentle rocking motion to settle the cement and level the surface.

Step 6

Trowel the surface smooth. Cover the footer and allow it to cure for two days before constructing the pillar. Remove the form when the concrete is cured.

Construct Brick Pillars

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Brick pillars need a concrete foundation for stability.

Step 7

Prepare the mortar mix according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 8

Put mortar on the footer with a mason's trowel where the bottom and ends of the first line of bricks will rest. Lay the bricks in the pattern you have chosen using basic masonry construction methods.

Step 9

Check each layer for level and plumb on all sides. Tap the bricks as necessary into correct position.

Step 10

Place a finial on top the column.