Brick Between Grass and Bed Eases Mowing

Brick Between Grass and Bed Eases Mowing

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover ©2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover , 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Introduction

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.

Step 1

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)

Step 2

Cut Through Sod to Depth of Bricks for Border

Cut Through Sod to Depth of Bricks for Border

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover ©2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover , 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Step 3

Remove Layers of Sod and Reuse Somewhere Else

Remove Layers of Sod and Reuse Somewhere Else

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover ©2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Step 4

Use Rubber Mallet to Tap Bricks Level

Use Rubber Mallet to Tap Bricks Level

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover ©2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover , 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Create a wet mortar mix.

Use three parts sand to one part cement, and place a thin layer of it in the bottom of the trench. Lay the bricks on top, and use a rubber mallet to tap them down, ensuring that they are level.

Step 5

Use Mortar Between Gaps in Bricks

Use Mortar Between Gaps in Bricks

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover ©2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover , 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fill with a dry mix of mortar.

Using the same ratio of sand to cement, brush it between the gaps in the bricks with a trowel or brush. Wet the mortar by sprinkling water over the bricks using a watering can.

Step 6

Brick Edge Eases Mowing Concerns

Brick Edge Eases Mowing Concerns

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover ©2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover , 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Consider a curved lawn edge.

Rounded lawn spaces will require a slightly different process. Mark off the mowing strip using a garden hose or a line of sand. Place the bricks along the inner curve; the space between the bricks will be wider at the mowing strip's outer edge.