There are many types of edging that can be used around flowerbeds including wood, rock, landscaping timbers or brick. Brick makes an attractive edge to showcase your flowers because it's neat in appearance and offers a natural look. It can be used in traditional beds, or ground level edges can be dry stacked to accommodate raised beds with minimal effort. However, you should not extend brick edging more than 2 feet in height.
Run a string between stakes at the height that you wish the top of your edging to be. String both the inside and outside edges. Bricks can be dry stacked to create a higher edging for raised beds, if desired.
Dig a trench that will allow bricks to sit at the proper height on about ½ inch of base material. Your trench should be at least half the height of the bricks. Ensure that the trench is about ½ inch wider than the bricks. Make the trench deeper for shorter edging, but be sure bricks will set at least a little above ground level.
Lay landscaping fabric over the bottom and sides of the trench, overlapping its edges, to keep grass and invasive weeds out. A few handfuls of sand or crushed gravel thrown on top of the liner will hold it in place.
Fill the bottom of the trench with ½ inch crushed rock or sand. This improves drainage and allows settling if the ground heaves in colder months. Smooth out the base material with a brick or two-by-six, to create a flat and even surface.
Lay bricks in trench so that they set at the desired height and are even with your string. Add or remove base material to adjust height accordingly. Adjust the height of the bricks, so that the ends meet evenly and form a continuous edge.
Fill gaps on the outside of edging to about ½ inch below ground level, and in between bricks with crushed rock or sand.
Trim overlapping landscaping fabric with a utility knife.
Spread soil over the top of the bricks to cover the entire width of edging and fill in cracks and outside edges. Sweep excess soil off the top of bricks. Smooth soil on outer edge to be level with the surrounding landscape.
Offset a second row of bricks with the first row, if a higher edge is desired. Use half bricks on the ends to keep rows flush. Add bricks until the desired height have been acquired.
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