How to Install Brick Edging
Time Required: Over 1 day
Bricks are versatile and easy to use, making them a popular choice for edging lawns, paths and garden beds. They're also available in many colors, sizes and textures.
This guide will help you learn how to install brick edging in your yard or garden.
To install brick edging in a straight line, drive a garden stake into the ground at each corner of the area you want to edge. Starting at one corner, wind a mason's line around one stake to secure it. Stretch the line to the next stake, wind it around and secure it, too. Do this on all the other sides.
If possible, plan ahead so you won't have to cut any bricks. It's easier to install brick edging if you can use whole bricks.
Start the brick edging at a fixed point, such as your house, and work toward an open area. This will let you adjust the length of the edging if you need to.
Follow the mason's line and dig a flat-bottomed trench to hold the bricks. Use a shovel or edger to cut the walls of the trench straight up and down. Tamp down the bottom of the trench with a tamper or the short edge of a board.
Put the last brick in the trench so that it fits snugly. Use a sledgehammer to set it in place. If possible, adjust the layout so you can use a whole brick instead of cutting one.
If you need to cut a brick, lightly strike a chisel with a mallet to score a line across each face of the brick. Set the brick on flat ground and strike it again, sharply, at the scored line. This should break it.
When edging a corner, run a mason’s line between the end stakes at a 90-degree angle to the first line. Set the bricks in the trench, using the lines as guides. Use a framing square to make sure the bricks are square and a standard level to check that they're level.
To make a curve, use a pickaxe or mattock to dig a curving trench on the ground. Lay the bricks in it and adjust them as needed. A gentle curve will be easier to edge than a sharp one.
Learning how to install brick edging is an easy DIY project. Mark your bed with garden stakes and run a mason's line between them. Then dig a trench and tamp down the bottom of it. Add the bricks. Backfill the trench on both sides and tap the bricks with a mallet to seat them. Tap the last brick with a sledgehammer to seat it.
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