Brick edging on flower beds is functional and decorative- preventing grass and competing weeds from growing around the flowers while enhancing the look and appeal of the beds. Brick edging is aesthetically pleasing and gives the lawn a manicured and well groomed look. Brick edging, however, can get cracked, usually after a cold winter, and will need immediate repair to prevent weeds from spreading and growing on the other side. All you need is a few extra bricks, preferably left over from the time when you installed the edging, to do the job yourself.
Walk the length of your edging to determine the extent of damage. You may have anything between a single cracked or broken brick to several, either placed close together or spread apart. Inspect the extent of damage and location of each so you know where to get started.
Insert a chisel right next to a damaged brick, at an angle, and tap it gently with a sledgehammer so it goes deep into the soil and under the brick. Remove the brick that is damaged, and other damaged ones surrounding it. Place a screwdriver into the cracks of larger pieces of edging to loosen them from the ground, and then tug gently so you lift them. Lift the smaller pieces of bricks by hand.
Place all the damaged pieces over a tarp or in a wheelbarrow and dispose appropriately. Repeat the procedure to remove damaged bricks from other spots in your edging.
Flatten the spot in the trench that you removed the damaged brick edging from with a hand trowel, and lay a brick over it carefully, aligning it so it is in level with the remaining bricks. Repeat the procedure if you removed more than one bricks.
Back fill around the brick so it is surrounded by dirt that will hold it securely in place. Press the dirt down with your hands so it sets in place. Water the area with a garden hose to ensure the brick is snug and secure.
Things You Will Need
- Sledge hammer
- Hand trowel
- Garden hose
- Demarcate different damaged bricks in a long edging by sprinkling powdered chalk on the grass next to it, so it is easy to locate. This will save you the trouble of checking for other damaged bricks as you repair one particular spot.
- Make sure you wear gloves as you work, especially when lifting bricks off the ground, to prevent cuts from sharp edges.
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