How to Landscape Using a Border Design


Pathways do not always need to be completely laid out and paved in a garden. In some cases flower-bed borders can create an equally beautiful and well-organized pathway for guests to enjoy. For a fully natural effect, consider planting grass between the borders to create a naturally stunning trail.

Step 1

Measure the perimeter of the desired edging to determine the amount of bricks, mortar and cement to purchase. For small flower beds, a single bag of cement and mortar will contain more than enough. Larger flower beds and edgings will require greater amounts of mortar, depending upon the total length desired.

Step 2

Create a stable grounding for the flower bed by digging a 6-inch-deep, 3-inch-wide trench at the perimeter of the bed.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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. Allow the edging to dry for 48 hours before using or watering the bed to ensure the mortar is set.

Things You'll Need

  • Cement
  • Mortar
  • Bricks
  • Shovel
  • Level
  • Spoon


  • Flower Bed Edging Ideas
Keywords: landscaping, border landscaping, border trails

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Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.