How to Make Homemade Landscape Edging

Overview

Landscaping is the art of creating definable areas using natural and manmade outdoor decorations. One of the more commonly used tools to create a clean design is landscape edging. Landscape edging uses such as bricks, mortar, logs or even a simple trench drop to form borders. It's simple to create a permanent brick edging, which can double as a mower edge.

Step 1

Measure the overall distance the edging will cover and divide that amount by the length of the desired bricks. This will give you the total number of bricks for the project.

Step 2

Mark out the entire edging design on the ground with marking chalk, standing back as necessary to verify its overall appearance.

Step 3

Dig a trench 1 foot deep and 6 inches wide the entire length of the edging.

Step 4

Mix the cement in a wheelbarrow.

Step 5

Shovel the cement into the trench, flush with the top of the trench.

Step 6

Press the bricks gently into the trench and verify that each brick is level by planting a level over each set of bricks as you lay them into the cement trench. The bricks should only be placed so that they sit slightly into the cement, but are not completely covered with it.

Step 7

Mix the mortar in a wheelbarrow.

Step 8

Spoon the mortar in between each of the bricks to hold them firmly in place. Use the curve of the spoon to form a ridged design on the top cracks if desired.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Marking chalk
  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Cement
  • Mortar
  • Bricks
  • Level
  • Spoon

References

  • "Building With Masonry: Brick, Block, and Concrete;" R.T. Kreh; 1998
Keywords: Homemade Landscape Edging, Brick edging, bed edging

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