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Do-It-Yourself Brick Garden Edging

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Do-It-Yourself Brick Garden Edging

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There are many types of garden edging available, but one of the most distinctive is brick garden edging. It is easy to install and provides a pleasant weekend project for the flower and fruit gardening guides home handyman or woman.

Brick garden edging can be installed with or without cement. Cementing the bricks together will certainly give you a more permanent edging, but dry installed bricks will also last a reasonable length of time before needing any kind of repair.

No matter whether you are using cement or not, guidelines will help keep brick garden edging straight and level as you install it. If you are working around curves, you still have to keep an eye on the level of the bricks.

The traditional style of brick garden edging is the saw-tooth design where the bricks are laid at a 45? angle with their corners sticking in the air. Determine how many bricks you need by measuring the length of your flower bed, then estimating how many bricks are needed for each foot. For example, if four bricks are needed to span a foot, and your garden edge is 20 feet, you will need 80 bricks. Buy a few extras to allow for breakage and mistakes.

Start by digging a trench along the edge of your flower bed where your brick garden edging will go. Make sure the outside edge of the trench is vertical. Make the trench about three or 4 inches deep. Use fine gravel to level the bottom of the trench in make the correct depth.

Now lay the first brick. Use a carpenter's bevel to correctly angle it at 45?. If you are using cement, support this first brick with a wedge of cement. Otherwise use gravel or soil to support the first brick of your brick garden edging.

Now lay the rest of the bricks taking care that they are at the same level. If you are using cement, put a layer of it between each brick. Otherwise, just lay the bricks one against the other. Continue the brick garden edging until the end of the garden.

Once all the bricks are in place and the cement is dry, fill in the space behind the bricks with soil. There you have it! An attractive brick garden edging that protect your flowers from being cut by the lawn mower while adding a touch of class to your yard.
 

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