Edging Around Raised Beds

Raised beds are a great way to separate your garden from your lawn. To make mowing around them easier, an edge made of spare brick provides a visually appealing border.

From: DK Books - Family Garden
Neat Mowing Edge Perfect Finish for Raised Bed

Neat Mowing Edge Perfect Finish for Raised Bed

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials Needed

  • brick
  • mortar
  • level
  • rubber mallet

Step 1: Use Guide Line to Dig Turf

Use Guide Line to Dig Turf Out for Brick Edge

Use Guide Line to Dig Turf Out for Brick Edge

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Using a spare brick to measure the appropriate distance, set up a line of string to act as a guide. Dig out a strip of turf deep enough to accommodate the bricks plus 1 in (2.5 cm) of mortar.

Step 2: Lay Out Bricks

Lay Bricks Out and Leave Gap Between Each One

Lay Bricks Out and Leave Gap Between Each One

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Lay a level mortar mix in the bottom of the trench as a foundation for the bricks. Set them on top, leaving a small gap between each brick. Although this design is straight, mowing edges can also be fitted around curves.

Step 3: Level Bricks

Level Bricks Using Mallet to Tap in Place

Level Bricks Using Mallet to Tap in Place

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

With a spirit level, check that the bricks are aligned and slightly below the surface of the turf; use a rubber mallet to gently tap them into position. Once set in place, you will be able to mow straight over the bricks. 

Step 4: Mortar Joints

Mortar Joints of Brick Mowing Edge

Mortar Joints of Brick Mowing Edge

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Finally, use a dry mix to mortar the joints between the bricks, working the mixture in with a trowel. Clean off the excess. The mowing edge makes maneuvering the mower easier, and minimizes the need to trim. 

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