Brick Between Grass and Bed Eases Mowing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.