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Creating Recycled Garden Art
Stacked tile makes a terrific
garden pedestal. One day I went to a local flooring store looking
for discarded carpet to use as a weed block because I had several cherry
laurel trees out front that were relentless in their attempts to create
new trees. I wanted to block the many runners from sprouting upwards.
While I was there the owner asked if I knew of anyone who might want her old
sample tiles. I immediately said I'd take them. I didn't have
any idea what I'd do with them, but I knew I'd think of something. After
selecting some for a bathroom mosaic broken tile project, I sorted the rest
and stacked them by size to create this garden pedestal. One very important
warning. Make sure you put down a solid level base first to make sure
the stack stays perfectly perpendicular to the earth, otherwise it could end
up leaning as the ground underneath it settles. I used a large square
concrete patio block and a level after tamping the earth.
The laughing Budha statue was passed on to me from a friend when he moved out of state.
By the way, that
carpet idea didn't work. The cherry laurel sprouts forced their way
right through the carpet, even with its heavy backing. I eventually cut the
trees down because they were entirely too invasive for a small property.
They're better suited where they have lots of room to spread.