I've been working on the garage storage cabinet for so long, I just had to take a break and do something else for a day. So I drew up some quick plans to make a brick liner around an Ash tree we recently had planted in the yard.
I picked up a set (18 each) of different colored 3" x 6" bricks: plum, red and yellow, as shown here. I picked these colors to approximately match the pavers we already have. The colors worked well, so I started work immediately.
I tied a length of string to the trunk of the tree and measured 23" from the edge of the 2" trunk. I laid the bricks along the edge of where I measured to make sure I was making something remotely approximating a circle. Then I used a spade to make cuts in the grass and lifted the earth out with a garden trowel. From there it was a task of making sure I had enough dirt dug out to accommodate the next brick.
It took me a few hours to dig and arrange the bricks, but the job was pretty straightforward. I'll spend the next week weeding out the grass and adding a little mulch to the dirt area to make things look tidy.