How to Edge Flowerbeds With Bricks


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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Remove excess dirt, rocks and clumps from the trench with your hands. Wear gloves to protect your hands.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Lay bricks on edge along the length of the flower bed. Use a rubber mallet to gently tap the bricks into place.

Step 6

Pack soil around the bricks. Pat down firmly. Clean the bricks of any excess soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden trench shovel
  • Sand
  • Soil
  • Bucket or wheelbarrow
  • 2-inch by 4-inch wooden block
  • Rubber mallet
  • Gloves


  • "Garden Design: How to be Your Own Landscape Architect"; Robin Williams; 1995
  • "The Essentials of Garden Design"; John Brookes; 2008
Keywords: flowerbed, on-edge brick, brick edging

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Carmel Perez Snyder is a freelance writer living in Florida. She attended the University of Missouri and has been a journalist for more than 12 years. Her work has appeared in the AARP Bulletin, the Oklahoma Gazette, the Amarillo Globe-News, and eHow.