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August: Update Your Landscape with a Patchwork Patio

Got an odd lot of bricks lying around the garage? Turn them into a custom patchwork patio mosaic. To start, gather enough pavers to cover your desired area or add on to an existing patio. If you don't already have enough bricks, check classified sites like and for leftover and salvaged materials. Then map out a design that alternates large pavers with smaller pieces. Create a proper base and lay the brick in various patterns, including running bond and herringbone, leveling the pavers as you go. Finish by sweeping sand between the joints or lifting out a brick here and there for a planting spot.
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