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How to Install Brick Edging

If grass is creeping into your flower beds or you just want a more finished look to your landscaping, try installing brick edging.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Find an Area for Edging

Measure the length and width of a brick to see how many make one foot of edging. Multiply the number of bricks per foot by the length of the bedding edge to find the total. Some edging allows for curves in the landscape. To define a new area for edging, use lime, landscape paint, string or a garden hose. Avoid making sharp corners with edging; it makes mowing easier.

Step 3: Dig Out a Space for Bricks

Using a trench shovel, dig out an area for the bricks along the landscaped edge. The trench needs to be deep enough to hold the bricks in place. You can hammer wooden stakes at the trench ends and at curves. Run a mason's line between the stakes to create a reference for your brick height. You could add one inch of sand to the trench and lay the brick on top.

Step 4: Place the Bricks in the Trench

Place the bricks tightly against each other, adjusting as you go. You may want to add leveling sand to help get your edging even. Bricks should be buried to a depth that leaves about one-half inch of surface showing.

Use a rubber mallet and tamp the bricks securely into place. Keep working in this fashion down the line. Add a few extra plants, along with top soil and a thick layer of mulch and you'll be surprised by the beauty of the end result.

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