Plant Bed Edging
image by Holly White
Flowerbed edging keeps a bed appearing neat and blocks grass from invading. A larger edging can be placed flush with the grass line to make mowing the lawn easier by providing protection for the flowers and a place for mower wheels to travel. While edging can be as basic as a lowered trench at the edges of the bed, a brick edge provides a more permanent and protective barrier for the plants.
Measure the perimeter of the desired edging to determine the amount of bricks, mortar, and cement to purchase. For a small flowerbed, a single bag of cement and mortar will contain more than enough.
Create a stable grounding for the flowerbed by digging a 6-inch deep, 3-inch wide trench at the perimeter of the bed.
Carefully read and follow the directions on the bag of cement, and mix the batch accordingly. Fill the trench halfway with cement. Spread the cement evenly to ensure the bricks will lay evenly at the surface of the bed. Allow the cement to dry for 24 hours.
Carefully read and follow the directions on the bag of mortar, and mix the batch accordingly. Place a brick in the trench to determine the necessary amount of mortar to add underneath each brick. The bricks should sit evenly with the grass line or just slightly above it.
Place the necessary mortar under each brick, and press the bricks slightly into the mortar. Space the bricks 1/2-inch apart, and use a spoon to place additional mortar between each brick as they are being placed in the bed. Wipe away any dripping mortar immediately as it is difficult to clean away once it has dried. Use a level to verify that the edging is evenly laid. If uneven, adjust the bricks accordingly while the mortar is still soft enough to do so. Allow the edging to dry for 48 hours before using or watering the bed to ensure the mortar is set.