Edgings give definition to a garden design. They also contain the lateral spread of loose materials such as mulch or gravel and keep soil in garden beds. Different styles of edging also provide a decorative element to your landscape design. Brick edgings work well with almost any style of garden design. Bricks can be set on end to act as a retaining wall for a raised flower bed. Setting bricks on edge around a flower bed is a more traditional style of edging.
Determine how many bricks you will need. Measure the length of your flowerbed. At the garden center, lay the bricks on edge to see how many you need to make a foot. Multiply that number of bricks per foot by the length of your flowerbed in feet. For example, if it takes four bricks for 1 foot of edging and the flowerbed is 50 feet long, you need 200 bricks.
Dig a trench for the bricks around the edge of the flowerbed with a trench shovel. The trench should be 3 inches deep and about 1 inch wider than the width of the bricks you are using. Place removed dirt into a bucket or wheelbarrow. Discard if the soil has grass growing on it or use it in another area of your yard.
Remove excess dirt, rocks and clumps from the trench with your hands. Wear gloves to protect your hands.
Run a 2-inch by 4-inch block of wood across the bottom of the trench to create an even plane. Pour a 1-inch layer of sand in the trench.
Lay bricks on edge along the length of the flower bed. Use a rubber mallet to gently tap the bricks into place.
Pack soil around the bricks. Pat down firmly. Clean the bricks of any excess soil.