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How to Install a Mowing Strip of Bricks (page 1 of 2)

Learn how to install a strip of bricks that will not only accent your outdoor space but also make cutting the grass easier.

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Brick Between Grass and Bed Eases Mowing

Ideally, lawns shouldn't be laid directly up to walls or fences since this can make mowing difficult, and you may find you need to use a string trimmer to fix the edges. To avoid this, lay a line of bricks alongside the lawn.

Materials needed:

bricks
string
pegs
half moon cutter or spade
spade or turfing iron
sand
cement
rubber mallet
trowel or brush
watering can
garden hose (optional, for curved lawns)

Determine the shape and size of strip.

Use a brick to establish the width of the mowing strip required, and then mark it off using string and pegs. Use a half moon cutter or a spade to cut down along the line to the depth of the brick.

Cut Through Sod to Depth of Bricks for Border

Courtesy of DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cut along the bottom of the turf.

Use a spade or turfing iron and keep the tool as level as possible. The turf can either be re-laid in the garden or stacked upside down and left to decompose into compost.

Remove Layers of Sod and Reuse Somewhere Else

Courtesy of DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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